While diarrhoea is a serious problem in developing countries, it is also experienced by those living in developed countries be it through the accidental consumption of contaminated water or food, or just an unfortunate bout of the stomach flu. Although in the developed world, it is nowhere as deadly as dysentery and cholera, having diarrhoea isn’t the best feeling in the world. Here we’ve gathered 10 natural home remedies for diarrhoea:
- Warm water: It’s important to keep hydrated because diarrhoea can cause a person to become quite severely dehydrated. Hot or cold water tends to irritate the stomach, so reach for a glass of lukewarm water instead.
- Starchy foods: Try eating some starchy foods that are gentle on your stomach such as bananas, rice or potatoes. Rice water is a time-tested favourite traditional folk cure for diarrhoea in many parts of Asia. Alternatively, 2 spoonfuls of flour in water with a pinch of salt also works.
- Blueberry Yogurt: Go for some blueberry yogurt with live cultures. Swedish doctors have long prescribed blueberries as a remedy to diarrhoea, and yogurt can help to restore the balance in your digestive tract.
- Clear Soups: Have some chicken broth or miso soup. The water content will keep you hydrated and the salt content will replace lost electrolytes.
- Lemons: Lemons seem to be a rather popular remedy around the world. Some remedy suggestions include adding lemon juice to a glass of water with baking soda and drinking it down, as well as adding it to a cup of strong black tea or diluting some lemon juice with some warm water.