Updated: 3 days ago
Most cases of diarrhea clear up on their own within a few days. It would be okay if you 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 rest. To help you cope with diarrhea symptoms, you may want to try some of the following remedies:
Increase friendly bacteria
Acidophilus or Probiotics are friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. They help to inhibit harmful bacteria and yeast overgrowth and 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 the label. If the probiotics cause gas or bloating, reduce the dosage.
Bacillus subtilis (the hay bacillus or grass bacillus) is commonly found outside rather than in the human intestinal system. It is one of the multitudes of "friendly" microorganisms that can create tremendous benefits when taken. Bacillus subtilis is used today in Germany, France, Israel, and China as a safe and effective all-natural therapeutic product to treat diarrhea and digestive tract infections. Natto spores powder contains Bacillus subtilis which is a friendly microorganism. Take a tiny amount of the powder, the size of a soybean, every hour until diarrhea stops; usually, it contains within 1 to 3 hours. You can order the Natto spores powder (Bacillus subtilis) from culturesforhealth.com or call 800-962-1959, a food company.
Detoxify and firm stool
Activated Charcoal / Bentonite (anti-diarrhea clay) 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 / Bentonite separately from other supplements and medications. Do not take for more than three days straight.
Calcium supplement replaces calcium depleted from diarrhea and aids in firming stools.
The Chinese herb Huang Lian Su ( Berberine) 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. If you use this herb and probiotic, take them 2 hours apart to avoid the herb kills probiotics.
Garlic kills bacteria and parasites, also enhances immunity. Take garlic separately from probiotics to avoid garlic kills probiotics.
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.
Drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration and electrolyte loss. Do not drink juice too hot or too cold. You can consume liquid gelatin, clear broth, ginger ale, weak tea, and sports drinks. Drink a 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, and then you can drink the water.
Blend the rice, and you can eat it.
Diet needs to know
Do not consume any dairy products. Limit your fat intake 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 the above food with water to 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.
Need to see a doctor
If you have the following conditions: diarrhea lasts for more than two 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 4 hours).