Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Natural ways to treat diarrhoea

By: Chioma Umeha

Diarrhoea refers to frequent intestinal evacuations of loose and watery stools. It is part of the body’s defence mechanism in getting rid of toxins or poisons out of the body. This medical condition is usually manifested with stomach pain and gas. It may signify an existing problem around the gastrointestinal tract or can be an indication of an underlying disease such as irritable bowel syndrome, dysentery, or ulcerative colitis. Occurrence of diarrhoea can be stopped through taking over-the-counter medications, but it may also interfere with the body’s natural way of draining the toxins out. Here are natural remedies that can to reduce the discomforting effects of diarrhoea without halting the immune system’s normal defence.

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Drink lots of clear sterilized water to replenish loss fluids, prevent dehydration and to provide ample amounts of electrolytes needed by the body. Stay away from caffeinated and alcoholic drinks.

Apply heat therapy to reduce abdominal or stomach cramps. Diarrhoea is typically paired with stomach pain. To reduce such discomfort, get a heating pad, wrap it with a towel and place it at the lower back area. Avoid placing it directly on top of the stomach or abdomen as it may induce vomiting. Try the lemon juice therapy. Freshly squeezed lemon juice taken three to five times daily will help eliminate diarrhoea-causing pathogens. Taking one to two tablespoons of lemon juice before meals is also excellent in protecting the stomach against viruses that cause diarrhoea. You can also mix ½ teaspoon of lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of ginger juice and ¼ teaspoon of powdered pepper. Drink this mixture two times a day to make stools less watery and relieve diarrhoea.

Sip some hot tea to get rid of diarrhoea. Drinking hot green tea three times a day is a very helpful way in alleviating diarrhoea. Ginger tea is also beneficial in relieving stomach pain or abdominal cramps that goes with diarrhoea. Cure diarrhoea by consuming carrots. Prepare two to three pieces of carrots, slice them and then steam until its soft enough to blend into a soup. This cure is excellent in eliminating E.coli bacteria among individuals with severe diarrhoea.

This story was published in Daily Newswatch on June 15, 2013.

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