Most cases of diarrhea clear up on its own within a few days. You should let a mild case of diarrhea run its course. It is the body’s way of cleaning out toxins, bacteria, and other foreign invaders. Stick to a liquid diet for 24 hours to give the bowel a rest. To help you cope with diarrhea symptoms, you may want to try some of the following remedies:
Activated Charcoal absorb toxins in the digestive tract, reduce gas and bloating, aid in firming stools and subside diarrhea. Follow the directions on the label. Note: Take Charcoal separately from other supplements and medications. Do not take for more than 3 days straight.
Acidophilus or Probiotics are friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. They help to inhibit bad bacteria and yeast over growth, to keep the digestive tract healthy. According to our clinical experience, taking probiotics or foods such as yogurt containing good bacteria is helpful to cure and prevent diarrhea. Take as directed on label. If the probiotics cause gas or bloating, reduce the dosage.
Bacillus subtilis (known as the hay bacillus or grass bacillus) is commonly found in the outside environment rather than in the human intestinal system. It is one of the multitudes of “friendly” microorganisms which can create tremendous benefits for us when taken. Bacillus subtilist is used today in Germany, France, Israel and China as safe and effective all-natural therapeutic products to treat diarrhea and digestive tract infections. Bacillus subtilis is sold in the U.S. under the brand name BactiSubtil.
Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilis. You can blend Natto with water, strain the mixture and drink the water which contains Bacillus Subtilis, if you can’t find BactiSubtil to treat diarrhea. To make a Natto drink: add 25 grams of Natto (half box of Natto) into 2 cups of water, mix and blend well, stain and then it is ready. If you use a high power blender such as Vitamix to blend, you wouldn’t need to strain it.
Drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration and electrolytes lost. Do not drink liquid too hot or too cold. You can consume liquid gelatin, clear broth, ginger ale, weak tea and sport drinks. Drink small amount each time, because ingesting a large volume of liquid will irritate the intestine and worsen diarrhea.
Rice water helps to firm stools, supplies electrolytes and vitamin B. To make rice water, soak ½ cup of brown rice in 3 cups of water for 1 hour then cook for 45 minutes. Strain the rice then you can drink the water. Blend the rice and you can eat it.
Calcium supplement replaces calcium depleted from diarrhea. Calcium aids in firming stools.
Ginger tea is good for cramps, abdominal pain and nausea. To make fresh ginger tea, boil 2-3 slices of fresh ginger root with 3 cups of water for 5-10 minutes. Strain the ginger and drink the water.
Digestion enzymes, such as papaya & pineapple enzymes, help digestion and reduce gas.
Chinese herb, Huang Lian Su (goldthread) is an alternative antibiotic. It is helpful for traveler’s diarrhea and also for diarrhea that comes on suddenly. You can buy it in a Chinese herbal store. Take it as directed on label. If you use this herb and probiotic, take it 2 hours apart from each other.
Garlic kills bacteria and parasites, also enhances immunity. Take it as directed on label. Take garlic separately from probiotics.
Do not consume any dairy products, limit your intake of fat and food containing gluten, including barley, oats, rye, and wheat for a few days. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy food
Add semisolid and low-fiber foods gradually as your bowel movements return to normal. Try soda crackers, toast, eggs, rice or chicken. Suggestion: you can blend above food with water make it like baby food, try a little at a time. If there is no irritation with it, you can have semisolid food and low-fiber gradually.
You need to see a doctor if you have the following conditions: the diarrhea lasts for more than 2 days, blood in the stool, the stool is black tar color, a fever above 101 F, severe abdominal pain, rectal pain, or dehydration (dry mouth, wrinkled skin, urination reduced or stopped in a 4 hour period).