Diarrhea is a condition where stools are frequently eliminated, quite often loose and watery. The ailment is very common and can sometimes be accompanied by other symptoms. A person usually passes stool more than three times in a day. If diarrhea is chronic or persists for more than two to three days it is recommended to see a physician especially due to dehydration.
Diarrhea can have many causes. It can be due to any of the following as well as combinations of these conditions.
- Poor food absorption
- Bacteria in food or water
- Gastroenteritis, caused by a virus
- Lack of Fiber
- Intestinal parasites
- Food poisoning
- Reaction to rancid or unripe food
- Enzyme and chronic vitamin A deficiency
- Lactose and gluten intolerance
- Reaction to chemicals in food
- Extreme fatigue
- Stress or anxiety
- Excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine
- Large amounts of sugar substitutes
- Overuse of laxatives
- Celiac disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- bowel cancer
- ulcerative colitis
- hyperactive thyroid
- Crohn's disease
- Celiac disease
- Increased thirst: dehydration
- Abdominal cramps
- Intestinal grumbling
- Loss of appetite
- Sometime vomiting and fever
When you have diarrhea it is highly recommended to replace fluids that are lost to prevent dehydration. Medicines can be taken but they are not always helpful. There are many remedies that can help restore healthy bowel function.
- High fiber foods like brown rice and green leafy salads
- Plenty of liquids
- Apple cider vinegar
- Peppermint or chamomile tea for the stomach
- Lemon that can help kill off pathogens
- Clears soups and broth
To prevent diarrhea while traveling outside of the United States there are thing you should avoid. Often there you can bring your own bottled water and possibly fruit and vegetables.
- Public tap water (including brushing your teeth)
- Ice made from tap water.
- Do not drink unpasteurized milk or dairy products
- Avoid raw fruits and vegetables such as pre made green salads and fruit salads, unless you can peel them yourself
- Raw or rare meat and fish
- Shellfish that is not cooked completely
- Food at vendors
There are also herbs that might be helpful. Please consult a reputable herbalist or doctor before administering herbs.
Herbal diarrhea remedies
White Oak bark