How To Get Rid of Diarrhea

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Diarrhea occurs when the digestive system is not functioning properly, resulting in frequent loose or liquid bowel movements. Diarrhea can be mild, acute or chronic. The main causes of diarrhea are viral infections but it can also be due to food poisoning, caffeine and excessive alcohol consumption. Some of the common symptoms of diarrhea are abdominal pain, slight fever, and pus or mucus in the stool.

It usually takes two to four days for symptoms related to diarrhea to disappear completely, depending upon the intensity of the problem. You can combat diarrhea with a variety of natural, home remedies.

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Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of diarrhea.

1. Yogurt

Yogurt is a great home remedy for diarrhea, but not just any plain yogurt. You need to eat one that has live bacterial cultures such as lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium. These live cultures help restore the ‘good’ bacteria in your intestine by producing lactic acid and thereby destroy the ‘bad’ bacteria that is causing the diarrhea. Just two bowls of yogurt a day can produce noticeable relief. Add or eat a banana with your yogurt for added benefits.

2. Ginger

Ginger used in the treatment of food poisoning and can also help get rid of cramps and abdominal pain.

  • Grate a small piece of ginger and add one teaspoon of honey. Eat the mixture to improve your digestive process. Avoid drinking water immediately after eating it.
  • You can also drink ginger tea two to three times a day to cure diarrhea. Add one small piece of ginger to one cup of water. Boil the water for a few minutes, strain it and add some honey before drinking it. If fresh ginger is not available, you can use powdered ginger from your spice rack.

3. Brown Rice

When you have diarrhea, you must eat brown rice. Brown rice contains B vitamins that help control the various symptoms of diarrhea. Make the rice by boiling half a cup of brown rice in three cups of water until it becomes extra soft. Then add a banana to the rice and eat it. The soft brown rice will be gentle on your system and help remove toxins from your body. The pectin present in banana will soak up excess water and will give you quick relief from diarrhea.

4. Carrot

Carrots are good source of pectin and can help alleviate diarrhea.

  • Drink fresh carrot juice several times a day to replenish vitamins and minerals lost due to diarrhea. You can add a few drops of lemon juice and some sugar or honey to sweeten the carrot juice to your taste.
  • You can also cook and puree carrots and then eat it. To make the puree, blend soft cooked carrots in a blender with a little water. Eat half a cup of the puree several times a day.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another effective home cure for diarrhea is apple cider vinegar. It acts as an effective agent against bacteria that cause diarrhea. It is also a rich source of pectin, which helps soothe an irritated stomach.

  1. Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
  2. Drink the solution with each meal until your diarrhea symptoms subside.

6. Clear Fluids

Diarrhea can cause your body to become dehydrated. Drink at least eight glasses of water along with coconut water and clear sodas (without caffeine) when suffering from diarrhea. For enhanced benefits, add half a teaspoon of sea salt to a glass of water and drink it two to three times a day. Sports drinks that do not contain caffeine are also a great way to replace lost minerals and vitamins. Stay away from coffee, alcohol and non-clear drinks like orange juice or tomato juice.

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  1. gadalyah scott March 1, 2013, 1:15 am

    ive had it for 3 days will these remides realy work for me im only 11 and i have a dance in 2 days WHAT DO I DO.

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  2. it’s ok, i’ve had it for 6 days. guess i’d better be ready to call my doctor!

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  3. I’ve been suffering from diarrhea for a few days, and it is not a pleasure to have. It’s been making me “go” every ~30 min.

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  4. Take some Imodium Capsules, you can buy them from chemists or supermarkets etc. They are really good.

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    • Very bad suggestion!!! Never recommend Immodium. Any doctor will tell you that is very bad advice. The purpose of immodium is for you to quit going to the bathroom by shutting down your body’s ability to expel anything. The problem with that, is if you have a virus or bacteria, it gets trapped in your body and the whole point of diarrhea is to help rid your body of the bacteria or virus. If you trap it, the condition can get much worse.

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      • Suffering in GA June 26, 2013, 10:47 am

        I TOTALLY agree!!! DO NOT TAKE immodium. I took a high dosage of generic immodium for close to 7 years. I quit cold turkey 5 weeks ago and have terrible withdrawals still. I have had diaherrea for 5 weeks straight. I have tried everythinng to get it to stop and not to mention I am going on vacation in a week. immodium contains opaites.. This is very additive. I called my DR and he said to take a probiotic and meta mucil. That has not worked. I have tried Pepto with opaites and that has not worked. I just read you can mix corn starch with water. Guess I’ll try that next. If not cleared up by vacation, back to the addition.

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      • I use Immodium alot for when food “upsets” my stomach. Just be careful like Rg said if it’s a virus let it run its course!

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  5. I’ve had it for 3 days and I have a track meet TOMORROW!! I’ll just load up on water and yogurt. I have been sick for almost 2 weeks, but only had diarrhea for 3 days.

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  6. I’ve had diarrhoea for 1 day now and every time I stand up I feel like I’m away to spew what should I do

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  7. Jamique Jones May 21, 2013, 1:23 pm

    If you drink rum and coke it will always work! The main cause of this is probably cheep beer! That stuff always makes you shit through a screen door!

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    • No! Do not drink any carbonated drinks!

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    • Never drink alcohol when treating diarrhea. Alcohol actually works as a depressant on the body’s system which will keep the diarrhea going. You also should not be drinking anything with caffeine in it (Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew) or fruit juices. You want to build up your system instead by eating foods that are proven to help (bananas (yes bananas), yogurt, brown rice) and drinking lots of water or decaf green tea. You should never, ever recommend an alcoholic drink as a remedy for anything.

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  8. Well, I’ve had it for 2 days now & I just ate a banana. Seems to be working.

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  9. I’ve had diarrhea for 6 days now, half a cup of coca cola
    And half a cup of water mixed helps
    Or bananas but any dairy product will make it worse
    And peppermint tea is really good too

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  10. It makes me laugh how at the end of a seemingly very smart article everyone either asks fellow readers for help OR proceeds to give their own remedy, for example, “Drink Coke !!”

    Did anyone consider what the article suggests?

    Have a Pepsi and think about it– will you?

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  11. Roger Poopypants October 15, 2013, 12:16 pm

    Just sit on the toilet and let nature takes it course. I recommend good foods like Taco Bell & Chinese food.

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  12. Oh ya and have some spicy mustard or wasabi

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  13. Hey. I’ve had diarrhea for jus about 3 days which doesn’t sound like much based on wat I’ve been readin here but my mom suggested I mix some flour in about 1/4 cup of water an drink it so I’m just about to try it.

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  14. I’ve only had diarrhea for a few hours and I’m already sick and tired of it. It makes me feel so nauseous and the stomach pains won’t stop. I feel like I’m going to vomit.

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  15. I have had diarreha for 5 days now i have just ate a banana about an hour ago and im still running to the toilet :-(

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  16. I’ve had it for about 4 days. Got it after New Years night of Gettin really drunk honestly. As we speak I’m shitting almost pure liquid. I feel like death. I’d rather die than to ever have to go through this again!!!

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  17. well the best thing is a warm cup of water and a teaspoon of flour stir it and drink it it helps my aunt told me about it and i felt alot better and it was gone less then a hour

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  18. I always drink guava juice n eat bananas when I have diarrea n it always works for me!

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  19. The same thing is happining with me ,,,itss been 8 to 10 times m walking throu wc ,,,thriugh out the day ,wll small bananar an red apple wll help me ,,an also feeling loos of appitiet

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  20. aw man i have it now but i’ve only fled to the bathroom twice so im almost over it.

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  21. Sometimes it isn’t WHAT you eat/drink for it as much as HOW you go about it. I had a doctor, years ago, tell me how to treat diarrhea in my children; First the BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast (Dry).

    He said you have to wait 24 hours before eating anything. Keep your fluids going by taking sips of good water or ginger ale every 15 minutes during this time. After 24 hours your tummy and digestive track has settled down a bit. If you eat a big meal you just start all over again. Slowly add in food from the BRAT diet. I usually start with a dry piece of toast (nothing on it)–nibble a bite or two every 15 minutes until gone. If that doesn’t trigger diarrhea, then try eating a little more at a time from the BRAT diet.
    Our family has done this for years with great success. Give it a try.

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  22. Will these remedies help if the diarrhea is being caused by a disease I’ve had diarrhea for close to a year and it is extremely hard to deal with at school

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