Diarrhea is a type of gastrointestinal infection which triggers frequent and major watery stool discharge from the bowels. Acute diarrhea usually lasts for a week or two whereas chronic diarrhea can last for more than two and three weeks.
Acute diarrhea is the body’s way of defense against a virus or an infection.
Though unpleasant and painful, the short-term symptoms of diarrhea help remove the bad stuff from the GI tract before they cause other issues.
On the other hand, chronic diarrhea is related with the immunity and the levels of stress the person is experiencing.
This type of diarrhea can lead to dehydration and nutrient deficiencies when not adequately addressed. Some of the major reasons for this type of diarrhea are IBS, SIBO, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
What Are the Major Reasons for Diarrhea?
When there is an infection, dehydration or toxins in the body, they need to be removed and this is why diarrhea happens.
But, though it helps with dehydration, it can additionally encourage more dehydration due to the loss of water, minerals, and electrolytes.
Below, check out the major indicating symptoms of diarrhea:
- Frequent bowel movements, more than two times per day
- Watery stool
- Pain and bloating in the abdomen
- Loss of appetite
- Increased thirst
- Dehydration-related symptoms, i.e. brain fog, dizziness, weakness
What Are the Treatment Options for Diarrhea?
In addition to the conventional anti-diarrheal options like meds, elimination diet, eating light foods and drinking enough water, there are beneficial natural remedies that can be of aid.
Check them out in the list below:
- Flaxseed oil
This oil can shorten the duration of the diarrhea
- Veggies and fruits
These whole foods will supply you with the much needed water, electrolytes, and water- opt for a smoothie or steamed veggies.
But, remember not to exaggerate with their consumption, especially with fruits, because too much natural sugar may cause a bad reaction
- Eat simple and light foods
These foods are easy on the digestion and will also boost the fiber levels to add more bulk to the stool and make it harder (bananas, apples, grains, rice)
- Raw honey and ginger
Adding a small amount of these two foods to a warm cup of herbal tea can help alleviate the irritation and soothe the belly.