Diarrhea – How to Help Yourself?

Diarrhea is unpleasant and makes us feel uncomfortable, but not a big problem if it occurs rarely in healthy adults. If diarrhea is in chronic condition or occurs in children and the elderly, then the situation is changing and we should be very careful, because their bodies can dehydrate more easily.

Diarrhea is the occurrence of one or more liquid, slurry stools during the day. There are two types of diarrhea: acute and chronic. Fortunately, most frequently occurs acute diarrhea, i.e. diarrhea that lasts for a short period of time. Usually it takes several days and is followed just with liquid stool and pain and gases in the stomach. Chronic diarrhea lasts longer and may be a sign of a serious illness, so if you suffer from chronic diarrhea, immediately see a doctor.

Here are some advices if you experience this illness:

  • Say “no” to the sweet. High blood sugar can aggravate your condition. The same goes for sugar from the fruit.
  • Do not get too cold liquids at once. Whatever you choose to drink let it be cold, but not too much. Drink more often and with smaller sips. Thus it is better than to drink a whole glass at once.
  • Avoid dairy products. Avoid milk, cheese and other products (except yogurt) while you have diarrhea and a few weeks later.
  • Consume chicken soup. Eat it lukewarm, but not hot.
  • Eat light food. A good choice would be soup, rice, bananas, potatoes, boiled carrots and chicken meat.
  • Rest your body to be able to successfully fight the cause of the diarrhea.
  • Put a warm pad on abdomen or a bottle with hot water. It will ease the pain you feel.
  • Hydration of the body. With diarrhea we lose a lot of fluids, but also we lose electrolytes and potassium which are indispensable to the body. To restore them, drink plenty of fluids. Consume 8 glasses of water throughout the day. If you have a fever, increase the admission of water to 12 glasses. Ordinary water does not contain electrolytes, but it is good to restore the lost fluids and prevent dehydration. You can also drink tea with a little sugar, apple juice and sports drinks.

Here are some remedies that you can find them in your kitchen:

  • Chamomile tea. You can make chamomile tea with ready bags with chamomile tea or buy flowers of chamomile and make tea from one teaspoon of chamomile and a teaspoon of mint. Drink 3 cups a day. The tannin in black tea also helps against diarrhea.
  • Blueberries help fight diarrhea. In Sweden doctors prescribe blueberry soup to patients with stomach problems.
  • Potatoes. Potatoes can help to overcome the inconvenience with the stomach, but you should not eat them fried.

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