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Diarrhea


About
A condition in which a person's bowel movements are too frequent and the consistency is abnormally soft and loose.


Notes
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  • Five or more watery stools a day in young children indicates diarrhea. It is best to take them to a doctor for examination so they do not become dehydrated.
  • Food allergies, infections, and intestinal parasites can contribute to chronic or recurring diarrhea. Consider having a stool culture done to check for parasites.
  • Obtain extra protein through carob powder. The carob powder also helps stop diarrhea.
  • Tap water, ice cubes, raw vegetables, unpeeled fruit, and dairy products in other countries should be avoided. Drink bottle water and brush your teeth with it. Consider taking Lactobacillus GG with you if you are traveling abroad. This natural probiotic can help with diarrhea.


Advice
  • Eat only foods that are easy on your digestive system. Cooked potatoes, rice, bananas, applesauce, and toast are recommended. High fiber foods are not good during bouts of diarrhea.
  • Homeopathic remedies such as Arsenicum album, Podophyllum, and sulfur can be beneficial.
  • Make rice water by boiling 1/2 cup brown rice in 3 cups of water for 45 minutes. Strain rice out of water. Consume both rice and water individually.
  • Make sure you are getting enough liquids. Green drinks, hot carob drink, and water are recommended. During this time your body has more potential to become dehydrated and lose needed potassium, sodium, and magnesium. It is important to keep yourself hydrated and nourished. Other good fluids include clear broth, flat cola, ginger ale, liquid gelatin, carrot juice, and weak tea with honey. Avoid apple juice.
  • Since diarrhea can actually help flush toxins out of the body, you should refrain from taking medication to stop it until two days have passed. It is a good idea to consume only a liquid diet for at least 24 hours.
  • Stay away from dairy products other than low-fat soured products. Eat oats, rye, barley, and fats in moderation. Do not consume caffeine, alcohol, or spicy foods.
  • The following symptoms indicate a more serious problem that should be addressed by a physician: blood in the stool, fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, stools look like black tar, diarrhea that lasts for more than 2 days, severe pain in the abdomen or rectum, dehydration, no urination in an eight-hour period. Feverish infants who do not urinate for over 4 hours should be seen by a doctor.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Charcoal tablets
Importance: High
Comments: Detoxifies colon and bloodstream.


Essential fatty acids
Importance: High
Comments: Helps in stool formation.


Kelp
Importance: High
Comments: Replenishes minerals.


Potassium
Importance: High
Comments: Replenishes potassium.


Psyllium
Importance: High
Comments: Helps in stool formation.


Acidophilus
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Replenishes good bacteria. Nondairy powder form is recommended.


Garlic
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Destroys parasites and bacteria. Stimulates immune system.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Blackberry Root Bark, Chamomile, Pau d'arco, and /or Raspberry Leaves
Type: Internal
Purposes: For infrequent bouts of diarrhea these herbs make an excellent tea that would be beneficial. These herbs have also been added to applesauce, bananas, pineapple or papaya juice.
Cautions: Chamomile should not be taken on an ongoing basis. Do not use Chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed.

Cayenne (capsicum)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cayenne has been beneficial in relieving cramping and gas pains.

Ginger
Type: Internal
Purposes: Make a tea by adding one teaspoonful of powdered ginger root to one cup of boiling water. This tea is very good for helping to relieve cramps or abdominal pain.
Dosage: Drink 3 cups a day

Slippery Elm
Type: Internal
Purposes: Has been a popular folk medicine for healing digestive problems for many years.

Fenugreek
Type: Internal
Purposes: Tea that is made from fenugreek seeds is helpful in lowering fever and has a soothing. Fenugreek seeds moistened with water are slightly mucilaginous and is said to lubricate the intestines.

Grapefruit seed extract
Type: Internal
Purposes: Grapefruit seed extract is a potent antimicrobial agent that fights a wide array of pathogens, from viruses to parasites.

Marshmallow Root Tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Steep roots overnight in water and dilute to taste as a soothing tea for treating intestinal problems and has a calming effect on the stomach.

Wild Oregano Oil
Type: Internal
Purposes: Wild oregano Oil is rich in minerals, and antioxidant protecting vitamins. Also contains two powerful anti-microbial compounds. Contains carvacrol and thymol, two powerful compounds toxic to germs, bacteria, fungus, and yeast.