Diarrhea is one of the biggest killers in developing countries and second biggest cause of infant deaths all over the world. Home remedies for diarrhea are very effective and can control the situation much before it becomes life threatening. Having three or more loose or watery bowel movements is referred as diarrhea. The excess loss of water and fluids causes dehydration and electrolyte imbalances which causes severe damage to health and becomes life threatening. Due to diarrhea 1.1 million people above age of 5 lose their lives every year all over the world and cause 1.5 million child deaths below age of 5.
Diarrhea is classified as acute and chronic according to the duration it lasts. Some of the common causes of diarrhea are viral gastroenteritis, food poisoning, parasitic infections, enterocolitis and side effects of drugs. Some diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, diseases caused by infections, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, severe constipation, mal-absorption of carbohydrates or fats, endocrine diseases and side effects of over use of laxatives also cause acute or chronic diarrhea. Home remedies for diarrhea provide immediate relief to protect health from harmful effects of this condition.
Passage of three or more watery and liquid stools is primary symptom of diarrhea. Stools can be of any color but if red or tarry black in color then it is a symptom of serious medical condition including bleeding in intestines or upper abdomen. Abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and mild or high fever with watery stools is also a symptom of diarrhea, some may experience cramps in the abdomen before stools and some along with frequent stools. Frequent watery bowel movement with severe or frequent thirst is also a symptom of diarrhea. In children refusal to eat and drink, less urination and dry mouth are symptoms of diarrhea with loose motions. Aged people may experience saggy skin, sleepiness and confusing thoughts with loose motions as symptoms of diarrhea. One can safely use home remedies for diarrhea as soon as first symptom arrives to resolve the problem and avoid further complications to health.
Take half kilogram of carrots and put them in a bowl containing 150 ml of water, put the bowl on a low flame and allow the water to boil till carrots becomes soft and spongy. Strain this mixture and remove the carrots, add boiled water to the remaining water to make it one liter, add some salt at least one tablespoon to the water and drink it completely in four to five times in a day. This is one of the most effective home remedies for diarrhea; it also checks vomiting and supplements the body with necessary elements like sodium, potassium, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium.
Buttermilk is also very beneficial in controlling bacteria and germs causing diarrhea and is used in home remedies for diarrhea. Drinking one glass full of buttermilk 4-5 times in a day with a teaspoon of salt mixed in it cures the problem and helps in stopping vomiting and nausea. It also keeps body hydrated and helps in maintaining electrolytic balance.
Take few pieces of dry ginger and grind them to make powder, add some rock salt to it and consume one teaspoon of this powder with some jaggery, consume this three times in a day. This is also one of the most effective home remedies for curing diarrhea caused by indigestion or constipation. Drinking a glass full of bottle gourd juice after adding a tea spoon of salt everyday or twice in a day is very good for controlling lack of thirst and keeping the body hydrated during bout of diarrhea. Bottle gourd juice also works as one of the most useful home remedies for diarrhea.
Take a teaspoon of fresh mint juice, add a teaspoon of lemon juice and honey to it and consume this three times a day, this is also reckoned as one of the effective home remedies for diarrhea. Mixture of one teaspoon each of juice of fresh leaves of drumsticks, coconut water and honey is also an effective treatment for diarrhea.
Mango seeds provide one of the effective and simplest home remedies for diarrhea but one need to collect the seeds of mango during mango season. Collect few mango seeds and dry them in sun and grind them to powder. Keep this powder for future use in air tight glass container. Take 1.5-2 grams of this powder and mix it with honey to form a paste, consume this two times a day to effectively cure diarrhea. This is one of simplest yet effective home remedies for diarrhea.
Cut an apple in small pieces and bake them dry in a pan, consume this once in a day for curing diarrhea. Take two ripe bananas and mix them with a cup of curd, eat this mixture twice a day, mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder ideally with buttermilk but in absence of buttermilk it can be mixed with plain water too, consume this twice in a day and drinking a glass of tomato juice adding a teaspoon of salt and pepper as first thing in the morning are few simple and effective home remedies for diarrhea.
Consuming lots of water is very necessary and also works as one of the home remedies for diarrhea. Drinking coconut water, pomegranate juice, chewing garlic and barley water are very useful in diarrhea to keep body healthy and capable to fight the infection. Prepare lime juice for consuming half glass of it in every hour by mixing a glass of warm water with two teaspoons of lime juice; this is very effective aid to body for countering infection and curing diarrhea. Take soups and light meal, porridge and rice with curd form an excellent diet. Strictly avoid spicy and greasy foods and dairy products like milk. Eat fresh cooked meals and take proper rest. Drinking a mixture of water and teaspoon each of salt and sugar and sipping it during the day keeps body hydrated and maintain energy levels. Black tea added with a pinch of rock salt instead of sugar is treated as one of the effective home remedies for diarrhea and is also very useful in controlling the germs in the intestines, but do not consume more than two cups in a day.