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.
Diarrhoeal diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid are deadly, killing an estimated two million people each year. The majority are children under the age of 5, and approximately 94% of all diarrhoeal disease occurrences are preventable, through WASH program intervention.
These diseases are mainly faecal-orally transmitted, through the consumption of contaminated food and water. And while huge progress has been made to ensure clean water supply for communities in developing countries, sanitation issues are just as important and perhaps more difficult to address. Changing behaviours such as open defecation help to break a vicious cycle of poverty, violence and disease.
We need to talk crap.
Sanitation is often overshadowed by water campaigns, despite being a critical issue. Maybe as humans, it’s regarded as a sort of taboo, driven by our natural disgust and aversion towards anything and everything regarding poo? Still, the statistics don’t lie. We need to talk crap. We need to talk sanitation.
Let’s do crap!
Change can begin with awareness and then furthered by taking action. And it can all be as simple as making a simple switch from choosing regular toilet paper to Looloo Paper – all of our proceeds go straight into investing in better sanitation in developing countries.