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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 watery stools, three or more times a day.

The main causes of diarrhea are viral infections, bacterial infections, consumption of contaminated food and water, anxiety, food intolerances, and intestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Diarrhea can be accompanied by symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and may cause complications like dehydration.

It usually takes two to four days for diarrhea and its accompanying symptoms to disappear completely, depending upon the intensity of the problem.

You can combat diarrhea with a variety of natural, home remedies to fight the infection as well as provide relief from the symptoms.

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

1. Yogurt

Yogurt, especially the one with live bacterial cultures such as lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium is a great home remedy for diarrhea.

These live cultures help restore the ‘good’ bacteria in your intestine and destroy the ‘bad’ bacteria causing the diarrhea.

In a 2009 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that probiotics can help reduce antibiotic-associated 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 is 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 promote the release of gastric juices and improve digestion. Avoid drinking water immediately after eating it.
  • You can also drink ginger tea two to three times a day to cure diarrhea. Slice one small piece of ginger and add them 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. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are highly recommended for treating diarrhea due to their high mucilage content. Mucilage provides a strong antidiarrheal effect.

  • Chew one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds along with one tablespoon of yogurt.
  • Alternatively, combine one-half teaspoon each of roasted fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds, add two tablespoons of yogurt and mix it well. Consume this mixture three times a day for quick relief from diarrhea.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another effective home cure for diarrhea is apple cider vinegar. It acts as an effective agent against bacteria that cause diarrhea.

  1. Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
  2. Drink the solution once or twice a day until your diarrhea subsides.

5. Bananas

When dealing with diarrhea, it is recommended to eat ripe bananas because of their high pectin content.

Pectin is a water-soluble fiber that helps reduce diarrhea. Bananas are also high in potassium, an electrolyte that supports a number of vital functions in the body.

Eat a few ripe bananas a day until your diarrhea subsides.

6. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile has antispasmodic properties that can provide relief from abdominal pains accompanying stomach disorders including diarrhea. It also is helpful in reducing intestinal inflammation.

  1. Make chamomile tea by steeping one teaspoon of chamomile flowers and one teaspoon of peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain it and drink the tea a few times a day.

You can also drink green tea to help your digestive system function properly.

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148 thoughts on “How To Get Rid of Diarrhea”

  1. 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.

    1. Um the Answer is Coke and Lime, cut the lime and put it in a cup and pour coke.bOn uut and it will get rid of the diarrhea in minutes, Haitian home remedies,

          1. Half cup of water mixed with powder custard really worked for me. I had diahrea for 2 days. And it stopped right aaway.

      1. Ha….I bet they’ve been using this remedy for centuries……sarcasm.

        Apple cider vinegar, ginger with tea and honey, and live good bacteria are the way to go.

    2. You should have a glass of water and put a teaspoon of salt in the water after that you should spit it slowly and that should make your diarrhea go way fast and soon. Hope you feel better

    3. Once upon a time while living in a third world country in remote rural area I learned that eating a banana and drinking a coke helped heal my diarrhea.

    4. The home remedy that works best is boil half a cup of rice in about one quart of water for 20 minutes, drink the rice water once cooled down very good remedy,
      Or another is one glass of water and a tablespoon of brags apple cider vinegar (organic-with the mother)

    5. What I’m doing right now because I have dirraheora to I’m not eating or drinking anything this morning at around 10 I went to the bathroom and done this horrible thing but the previous day I was eating like a horse and going every single 15 mins and today I’m not eating anything when u have nothing in your system it’s good because u don’t need to go that often maybe go every 2-3 hours and that helps to get rid of it faster but after 3 days go to the doctor

    1. All you have to do is have a glass of water and a teaspoon of salt after that then you should drink it slowly and if that you should feel better. Get Well Soon

    2. If you got diarrhea for more than three days, with pain better see your doctor.
      Infant pedialite helps replenish some of your electrolytes, but after trying a home remedy after 3 days still symptoms go see doctor, especially if you got pain or fever.

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. Neither immodium or pepto bismol have opiates in them. The active ingredient in immodiu is lomodil. It works by altering the amount of water that is in your large intestine. It is a simple osmotic. You cannot get addicted to it. You cannot become dependant upon it. It is safe to use in cases of unexpected diarreah (unprecipitated by illness).

          1. I usually refrain from commenting on the internet, but I felt I had to add something to this discussion. I want to draw attention to the misinformation of Gia’s comment, which sounds to me like coming from a lobbyist of the Pharma industry, and you will see below why.

            Imodium is the commercial name of the Loperamide drug, which is a synthetic opioid. It is not derived from the poppy seed, but it works in the same manner as other opioid agonists (binders to opioid receptors in the body) do, by slowing down the muscle contractions (peristalsis) of the intestines, thus allowing the excess water to be absorbed and the stool to harden. People using opioid analgesics like Oxycontin and addicted to heroin have problems with constipation. Like any opioid, it is subject to tolerance and addiction, as the user Suffering in GA attests to and as the following BMJ Case Report warns about:

            I have a personal experience with this drug, as I remember having a severe bout of diarrhea when in my teen years and, having taken several Imodium pills/day for several days in a row, I lay like a sack of potatoes in bed watching TV, unwilling and almost unable to do anything else, feeling dizzy and lethargic all day long. At that time I had no idea that Loperamide was an opioid and, upon finding this information years later, that memory jumped in my mind immediately and I could explain why I was so incapacitated during those days.

            So, Imodium is not Lomotil (which contains diphenoxylate and atropine), it doesn’t work by altering the amount of water in your intestine, is not a simple osmotic (whatever that is) and you can get addicted to it. You see why I suspect Gia to be a peddler of the Pharma industry? He got EVERYTHING wrong. It took me several minutes to research the history of loperamide and diphenoxylate, their nature and pharmacodynamics.

            The conclusion: stop taking everything you read on the internet as the truth and as coming from people that actually know what their talking about, regardless if they claim to be doctors or whatnot other air of authority they may have about them. Do your own research!


      2. 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!

      3. What if its food related?? I ate dairy ( didn’t realise it was in a meal someone cooked for me) and I’m lactose intolerant. or IBS related ?

      4. Funny. Imodium is exactly what my Dr. prescribed. So, unless you have an MD., you should be really careful about the advice you give, Georgia.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

    1. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

    1. That is what I have been looking for, my mom used that and added sugar made a paste, I always wanted more. And it did help

  8. 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.

    1. I know! I feel the same way. I’ve had diarrhea for 2 days now and the stomach pains are HORRIBLE I wake up in the morning and the first thing that happens is the stomach pains… 🙁

      1. Okay, I’m glad to not be the only one here lol . I get cramps so bad it makes me almost cry. I get nausea too which sucks since I’m on pain pills prescribed for me for my abscess in the root of my tooth. One of them says if I take it laying down before 10 mins that it may result in diarrhea. So I’m not sure if my pills caused me to have “you know”. Now I’m afraid to take any more of my meds cause every 20-17 mins i have to go to the bathroom and I don’t want to worsen my “condition “… Thanks for reading ! Hope you all feel better!

        1. Actually pain meds will bind you up. No success on my end as been on them awhile. Banana, yogurt, n tea has helpt.

    1. What is weird is my stomach doesn’t hurt and I have had it for 2 days but I have a fever and a cough. I hate it BC I have a big test tomoro and I can’t go

    2. Once upon a time I lived in a third world country and found out that eating a banana and then drinking a coke actually cured the diarrhea.

        1. When I was in school, i had for days which refused to stop. The doctor attributed it to chemical imbalance. He gave me some yellow little tablets that made me sleep. It fixed the diarrhea in no time.
          so i recommend getting enough rest and let nature fix itself.
          hope this helps.

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

    1. can you eat all those brat diet together, are you talking about whole apples (raw) right now I’m on lemon squeezed into boiling hot water, eating dry bread, when I can I’m going to try boiled ginger and lemon grated and squeezed into hot water as well

  13. 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

  14. Try to drink some warm water with lemon squeezed into it ,take small sip regular
    If you can stand it mix in a little nutmeg too or sprinkle it on your food (nutmeg is really good for getting rid of it)
    and stick to bland foods,remember BRAT (banana’s, rice, apples and toast )

  15. I am 11 and I have to go loo every 20 mins sometimes 10 it’s just getting worse what should I do I don’t even eat vegetables

  16. I drank allot I have diaree now the only thing that worked for me is flour 2 teaspoons and half a cup of luke water 2 hours later I can finally smile again

  17. Take plenty of water, eat bananas, take a good size mango’s seed and crush it into powder and boil a tea spoon of it with a lemon juice in a water and sip.
    Get your father to kick in your ass 7 times. It really works…

  18. As a person who suffers from loose stools ALL the time I have some suggestions.
    Yogurt is by far the best remedy, ginger is a close second. I do not suggest Imodiam AD as this prolongs your symptoms. Gaterade is a great way to replenish those lost electrolytes but nowadays I prefer vitamin water.
    stick to a complete bland diet during the duration of your bit of diarrhea. Rice, bananas, applesaue, potatoes, toast, jello, vanilla pudding, chicken or turkey. Rest if you can and avoid ib profen if at all possible because it can dehydrate you as it gets rid of excess liquids in your body. Load up on a salty snack like chips to help you retain some vital fluids but only after your feeling a bit better.

  19. I have had diarrhea for 2 days now and I’m going on a trip in 2 DAYS! Its a 4 hour drive and I have to “go” every 10~20 minutes!!!

  20. You should try Orange juice the doctors always say a orange a day keeps the doctor away try concentrated juice or with bits

  21. Hey guys I think drinking flat cola is ment to help… Kind of shake the bottle then leave it till it goes flat…it helps upset stomachs

  22. Had it all day. Just drank apple cider vinegar and water. It stopped immediately. Try this drink, it really really works. Glad too stop going. Lol….

  23. I’ve had the runs since yesterday; definitely not a nice thing. Hopefully the green tea smoothie that I made from natural yogurt will help in time.

    I’ve noticed that little bit of Japanese rice helps me out too.

  24. I’ve had diarrhea yesterday and I caught this virus that’s going around my grandparents and my mother’s house. I’ve only threw up once yesterday and got my self cleaned up. Highly recommend by eating a couple of bananas and maybe some water “clear fluid”. I feel much better!!!

  25. I experienced diarrhea last year, 2013, as was confined for three days at the hospital..i my second day, i observed that my diarrhea has not cured so i complained my doctor….and the doctor just said…we will just continue the prescription ma’am and we will observe..in the second night when one of my lady niece, who was my watcher asked me if i have external medicine..i answered ..no ..since i was not used in using external medicine ..instead its lotion… so i let her buy a small bottle of external medicine…as she was applying the external medicine, i feel triggered and i also applied it from my stomach down…at 1am i feel i want to go to the CR..when i was there, i amazed since i was farting and farting…at 11am i again went to the CR…and again the same result…i was just farting…so my LBM was cured through the external medicine…since i was alone at the private room occupied and no one with me since my watcher was in her work…i just brought the dextrose in my right hand and went to the nurse’s station and wanted them to see my hospital bill..on that day, i went home…so i could say that its the external medicine was the one cured my diarrhea…

  26. I’ve had it for 2 days and I’m going every 5 mins. But umm jut a question, it’s not even a little bit solid it’s basically wee. I’m gonna try se of these

  27. Among natural methods light food, yogurt helps….anyways anyone here heard about yakult its a nice product helps maintain healthy gut

  28. I have had it for three days (since the beginning of my vacation :/) and today I tried drinking sprite which is caffeine free and clear and it has helped so far. I don’t have the ability to access any bananas but I assume that will also help since so many have recommended it all ready. I hope that you all fell better as well as my self and remember this is only temporary. Thanks goodbye

  29. I had Diarrhea for four good days,it was not easy for me at all,but what help me most is ORS solution and some drugs from my Doctor.Thanks be to God,am completely heal.

  30. I’ve had diarrhea for a couple of days but luckily I had already took this week off of work. Im going to head to the store and try some of these suggestions like the yogurt and water. Thanks

  31. Ugh I ate ice cream (I’m lactose-intolerant) and even though I took a lactaid, I’m pretty sure my intestines are about to come out of my body. So, yogurt is probably a bad idea. It’s 1 am and I think I’m just going to have to deal with this for the rest of the night.

  32. The Carrots and the tea will help it helped me but the rest didn’t help. I had it for 4hours so far. It only helped for 1hour I ate some noodles and it hasn’t been back since try it.

  33. Try a BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice (white rice), Applesauce (made without extra sugar!!) and Toast (plain white bread, toasted, no butter, jam or other toppings). Drink LOTS of fluids with electrolytes (I’m talking GatorAde or Pedialyte); the watery runoff of diarrhea depletes your body’s fluids and screws up your electrolyte balance, and you MUST REPLACE THOSE LOST FLUIDS.

    1. It is better to clean you gastrointestinal tract naturally by Enterosgel. It works as a sponge to eliminate pathogenic bacteria, allergens and toxins, it “soaks in” the unfriendly particles from the body when passing through digestive tract and leaves the body naturally.

  34. I was reading this forum last night after three days of suffering from the effects of horrible food poisoning. After finally getting some relief I thought I’d come back and share what I did to remedy the situation.

    I made strong natural ginger tea by finely chopping a few tablespoons of fresh ginger and boiling it in water. The more you use the stronger it will be but high potency seems to be more effective. I then poured the water into a mug straining the ginger out. I added a heaping spoon of raw, natural honey (pollen and all). Avoid brands that are not organic, honey has natural antibacterial properties so it’s good for the gut and sweetens the tea. I got my honey directly from farmers on my trip to Spain when I traveled to the mountain area of Montserrat. Of course you can get natural honey from the grocery store or farmers market.

    2 large mugs later I finally got some relief and a good nights sleep!

    I am also sticking to simple food for a few days, homemade soup, lots of water, toast and nothing greasy or spicy to avoid more irritation.

    I should also mention that Imodium may work but it can also cause constipation which is a hassle too. You may then need something to counteract that problem which can starts the cycle again. Reactions to over the counter meds will differ among individuals.

    Hope everyone feels better!

  35. hi all,surely anyone who has read all of the above must have been helped one way or another.I would like to thank all who have shared their past experiences and knowledge with others.I thought that this was a very serious thing like a disease.Many of you have recommended bananas;that’s what i have taken and i hope this ‘driving’ will stop soon.Hope you all feel better and thanks again.
    a problem shared is a problem half-solved.

  36. My wife said to drink warm water with half a lemon squeezed in it and the tip of a spoon with baking soda. Haven’t tried it yet i think shes a witch.

  37. the easiest way is to make tea(water,sugr ,tea,n wd milk).
    fill half cup tea n half cup water. N see the result in 5min

  38. Woke up this morning. Shitting razorblades lol going to try the banana thing or the water with flower had it for a couple days now hope this helps

  39. i have celiac and also can’t have dairy! I’ve made plenty of messes in my pants. I’m so sick of Diarrhea… Been reading a lot of suggestions! I use a lot lot of Imodium AD. < I actually use the generic. I take 4 at a time. It so embarrassing I have no warning And can't make it to the bathroom in time. I had a banana this morning and I have pills to take if I consume dairy. So I tried some Greek yogurt! I'm really cramping right now! I had white rice this evening and I put powered ginger on it and I'm about to try some of the chamomile tea. I drank it when I was going thru chemo.

  40. I really struggled with diarrhea. I think I missed school for 2 days. It probably was some viral infection. It went away and I have it now!! I am going to try apple cider vinegar and banana. Thank goodness it’s summer vacation, I wouldn’t have survived during the school year.

  41. I stop eating n just do the’water therapy’i sip warm water only til when it clears,if u stop it maybe there is dirt that the stomach is expelling out through diarrhoea!

  42. Just go check the NHS website for full details and advice … Just have around 2 bananas a day and drink plenty of WATER , fizzy drinks or dilute or juice could make it worse , also tr avoid sugary and fatty foods?i had diarrhoea for about 3 days and when sticking with this method above ^ i relieved the symptoms and recovered soon after

  43. I have had diarrhea on and off all week. I tried bananas, rice, yogurt, dry toast for a few days, then though I was alright. I had a burger and sweet potato fries, and a beer last night…what a mistake! I woke up running to the bathroom/ ugh. I just read about this and mixed one teaspoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon of cumin, one teaspoon of dried ginger and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mixed it all up and ate it with a spoon. My stomach is strangely calm right now. Maybe it’s killing all the germs! (Oh I didn’t have powdered ginger so I used what was in a ginger tea bag) I’m going back to sleep and will try again in a few hours. Hope this helps you and me. Good luck everyone!

  44. I wish I didn’t eat a spoiled yakult and a big mug of hot delicious chocolate.-_- its like I have worms in my tummy… ewww yuck helpe please…

  45. Try this, One packet of (any) red jelly mix with boiling water 300ml leave to cool, sip till its finish.Anyone trying this remedy let me know how it worked for you.

  46. I had it off and on for five day mines was cause from stress and aniety. The best thing not to do is to not eat dairy product nor orange juice that will make it worse because you might have Crohn Disease,IBS with Diarrhea, or IBS. A bacterial infection or Virus or Viral infection can be the problem. It is best to go to the hospital or your Dr. and get blood test done to see what is causing it if you have it for more than three to four day because if you take half that things that was mention you can make it worse.I drank flat ginger ale store brand is better and rice will bond you up an don’t use a lot of Imodium AD because that will constipate will and give you bad stomach cramps.I suggest if you have it to long and it is not getting any better go see your Dr. or go to the ER. immediately because you are starting to dehydration or you are already.It has happen to me three times between 2014 and twice in 2015 to were i past out and over thing drop blood pressure, sugar,heart rate to were they could not get an IV in me because they could not find and vines.That is not something to play around with everybody body is not the same so don’t use everything that people tell you that it work for them it might work you them but remember everybody is not the same nor is your body and there’s. Me I would try the flat ginger ale and gradually do the B.R.A.T diet first.If that don’t work seek medical attention immediately it can be something seriously wrong. Having diarrhea for a long time there is something that is causing it to last that long. Take my advice and do the right thing. Go get help like I said remember your body and mine nor anybody else body is the same.

  47. The banana and coca cola half glass really helped. You also need to hydrate, take as much water as possible – 4 litres or more. My 4 day diarrhea symptoms are now gone after applying this method.

  48. Hello..
    Am a national level sports player… Due to my sports I have to travel alot and due to new water and food I suffer from it…
    once I had my competition at a trib area, ND I had no meds or anything for treatment.. So I jus ask a old person in the trib area, how to get cure very fast because I have a game to play… That man took me behind his house, he had a Guava tree… he plugged some new fresh leaf from the tree washed it and gave it to me and said eat it… and I ate it, that thing work so fast that I was able to fight my match comfortable with any problem… that Guava leaf so seriously very effective….

  49. Sahil yes new shoots of guava leaves are a proven natural remedy for diarhoea in Papua New Guinea. Thanks everyone else. Will try BRAT approach tomorrow. Yogurt, ginger and honey, black tea and sugar seem to be winners as well.

  50. One thing am a little confused about is about the live yoghurt, It is dairy, which your supposed to avoid..or does its’ benefits outweigh this?

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