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10 Natural Reliefs To Stop Diarrhea Quickly

10 Natural Reliefs To Stop Diarrhea Quickly

When we experience Diarrhea, our body takes a beating due to the possible causes such as contaminated food, allergies or bacterial infections. In some extreme cases, we’ll experience nausea, bloating and quite possibly dehydration. Diarrhea should be treated immediately as it can get very dangerous if one does not find the right treatment fast.

To stop diarrhea in its tracks without seeing the doctor first, check out our 10 very effective natural reliefs that have been proven to relief the discomfort it could bring. However, do see a doctor if it gets worse.

1.Yogurt

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    During a bout of diarrhea, our body flushes out the good bacteria called probiotics that help keep the intestines healthy, knocking off the balance between good and bad bacteria. Yogurt which consists of probiotics can help restart good digestion in the intestines again.

    Take note that when buying yogurt, it is best to buy unflavored one as it is more effective in stopping diarrhea. Mix the yogurt with a fresh piece of banana and take twice a day.

    2. Peppermint Tea

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      According to researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center, it has shown that 75 percent of participants who used peppermint oil has helped reduce bloating, gas and diarrhea significantly.

      To make peppermint tea, take 1 tablespoon of dried peppermint leaves and mix with one cup of boiling water. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and drink. You could also look for peppermint oil capsules at your local pharmacy.

      3. Ginger

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        Ginger is very well-known for its medicinal value of helping digestive issues. Ginger can stop stomach spasms and also the gases from fermented material that causes the watery stool. In addition, it might also be able to help the stomach release gastric juices that will help with digestion.

        Mix two tablespoons of minced ginger root into hot water. You can also add honey into the mixture to add a little flavour to the tea. However, do not take more than 4g of ginger a day as it could be counter-productive causing more bowel movements.

        4. Chamomile Tea

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          This soothing tea is widely known for its calming effects on a stressed mind but little is known for its ability to help troubled parts of the digestive system. Studies have shown that Chamomile is able to inhibit the growth of a certain bad bacteria in our digestive system that is one of the main causes in severe diarrhea.

          Chamomile tea packets can be found readily available at most supermarkets. Brew a pot of Chamomile tea and drink up to 3 times a day to stop diarrhea from getting worse.

          5. Honey

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            Honey is a well respected natural remedy due to its many healing properties. Apart from being able to soothe a sore throat, heal small cuts and wounds and cure ulcers, honey can also help to drastically improve a diarrhea situation.

            Mix 4 tablespoons of honey into a cup of hot water. Drink once it cools down. Drink up to 2 times a day when having diarrhea.

            6. Black Tea

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              It is advisable to start drinking black tea once symptoms of diarrhea kicks in because if conditions worsen, black tea will not be of help anymore. However, black tea is still very effective when taken early. Because of the substance called Tannin which helps decrease digestive activity, some have mentioned that it stops diarrhea almost immediately.

              Black tea is brewed from tea leaves that are more oxidised than your green teas or red teas and they contain more caffeine than regular teas. Take 2 cups a day and just when symptoms start kicking in.

              7. Activated Charcoal

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                Activated Charcoal is one of the best natural remedies out there but rarely available around our house and in our pantries. However, they are readily available off the shelves at pharmacies and supermarkets.

                What Activated Charcoal does is that it absorbs all the bad bacteria and microbes that are causing the diarrhea. Take it for 3 days after each meal when needed and remember to stock it up just in case as it is super effective against diarrheas.

                8. Apple Cider Vinegar

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                  Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful remedy with anti-microbial and bacterial properties. It is able to replenish a good supply of good bacteria into the digestive system and helps stomach cramps during diarrhea. Mix 1-2 teaspoons into warm water and drink on an empty stomach.

                  9. White Rice

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                    Taking white rice is recommended by most medical institutes as it has binding properties and it will not cause any irritation to the gut. When consuming rice during diarrhea, only plain rice should be taken without any sauces, spices or additives.

                    Rice should be consumed in small quantities at a time and with water. If diarrhea becomes noticeably worse after consumption, discontinue and seek help from the doctor.

                    10. Carrots 

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                      Carrots are full of one particular substance called pectin. Pectin is a soluble type of fibre that is able to soak up fluids in your intestines and helps to slow down the passage of stool.

                      When taking carrots, you can boil the carrots and mash it up into a puree before consumption. Eat a quarter of a cup every half hour.

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                      How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast

                      How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast

                      Burnout at work is an issue that most people who suffer from it, suffer unknowingly.

                      Have you ever felt that you can’t start an assignment, have an immense urge to Netflix binge, or couldn’t get yourself to wake up on time even though you have a lot on your plate? The cause for these might be burnout.

                      According to Deloitte’s report, “many companies may not be doing enough to minimize burnout.” This is to say that the responsibility is not only on the employee. According to that report, nearly 70 percent of professionals feel their employers are not doing enough to prevent or alleviate burnout within their organization, and they definitely should.[1]

                      Too many companies don’t invest enough in creating a positive environment. One out of five (21%) said that their company does not offer any programs or initiatives to prevent or alleviate burnout. It is the culture, not the fancy well-being programs that would probably do the best work.

                      This is a significant problem for individuals and companies, and it’s also an issue on a macro level. A Stanford University research found that more than 120,000 deaths per year, and approximately 5%–8% of annual healthcare costs, are associated with the way U.S. companies manage their workforces.[2]

                      It is both the employee and the employer’s responsibility—and the latter can certainly take more responsibility.

                      In this article, I’ll guide you on how to know if you suffer from burnout and, more importantly, what you can do about it.

                      Who Are Prone to Burning Out?

                      For starters, it is a good thing to know that you’re in good company. According to a Gallup poll, 23% (of 7,500 surveyed) expressed burnout more often than not. Additionally, 44% felt it sometimes. Nearly 50% of social entrepreneurs who attended the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in 2018 reported having struggled with burnout and depression at some point.[3]

                      According to Statista (2017), 13% of adults reported having problems unwinding in the evenings and weekends. According to a Deloitte survey (consisting of 1,000 full-time U.S. employees), 77% of respondents said that they have experienced employee burnout at their current job.[4]

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                      Burnout is not only an issue of the spoiled first-world. Rather, it is a serious matter that must be taken care of appropriately. It affects so many people, and its impacts are just too significant to be ignored.

                      Some occupations are more prone to burnout, such as people who deeply care about their jobs more than others. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Passion-driven and caregiving roles such as doctors and nurses are some of the most susceptible to burnout.”

                      The consequences can have life or death ramifications as “suicide rates among caregivers are dramatically higher than that of the general public—40% higher for men and 130% higher for women”. It is also the case for teachers, non-profit workers, and leaders of all kinds.[5]

                      Deloitte’s survey also found that 91% say that they have an unmanageable amount of stress or frustration. Heck, 83% even say that it can negatively impact their relationships. Millennials are slightly more impacted by burnout (84% of Gen Y vs. 77% in other generations).

                      What Is Burnout Syndrome?

                      So, what is it, exactly? Burnout was officially included in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and is an occupational phenomenon.

                      According to the World Health Organization, burnout includes three dimensions:[6]

                      1. Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
                      2. Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job;
                      3. Reduced professional efficacy.

                      The 5 Stages of Burnout

                      At this point, you must have a clue if you’re at risk of burnout. There are different methods for understanding where you are on the burnout syndrome scale, and one of the most common ones is the “five stages method.”

                      1. Honeymoon Phase

                      As you may remember If you’ve gotten married, there’s always the honeymoon phase. You’re so happy and feel almost invincible. You love your spouse and at this stage, you’re very excited about everything. It’s the same when it comes to taking on a new job or role or starting a new business.

                      At first, most of the time, you’re hyper-motivated. Although you might be able to notice signs of potential future burnout, in most cases, you might ignore them. You’re highly productive, super motivated, creative, and accept (and take) responsibility.

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                      The honeymoon phase is critical because if you plant the seeds of good mental health and coping strategies, you can stay at this phase for extended periods.

                      2. Onset of Stress

                      Let’s continue with the wedding metaphor. Now that you’re happily married for some time, you might start noticing certain issues with your spouse that you don’t like. You might have seen them before, but now they take up more space in your life.

                      You might be less optimistic and feel signs of stress or minor symptoms of physical or emotional fatigue at work. Your productivity reduces, and you think that your motivation is lower.

                      3. Chronic Stress

                      Let’s hope you don’t get there in your marriage, but unfortunately, some people get there. At this stage, your stress level is consistently high, and the other symptoms of stage 2 persist.

                      At this point, you start missing deadlines, your sleep quality is low, and you’re resentful and cynical. Your caffeine consumption might be higher, and you’re increasingly unsatisfied.

                      4. Burnout

                      This is the point where you can’t go on unless there is a significant change in your workspace environment. You have a strong desire to move to another place, and clinical intervention is sometimes required.

                      You feel neglected, your physical symptoms are increasing, and you get to a place where your stomach hurts daily. You might obsess over problems in your life or work and, generally speaking, you should treat yourself.

                      5. Habitual Burnout

                      This is the phase in which burnout is embedded in your life. You might experience chest pains or difficulty breathing, outbursts of anger or apathy, and physical symptoms of chronic fatigue.

                      The Causes of Burnout

                      So, now that we know how to identify our stage of burnout, we can move on to tackling its leading causes. According to the Gallup survey, the top burnout reasons are:[7]

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                      1. Getting unfair treatment at work – This is not always something that you can fully control. At the same time, you should remember that even if you’re not calling the shots, it doesn’t mean that you have to accept unfair treatment. The consequences mentioned above are just not worth it in most cases.
                      2. Workload – Another leading cause of stress according to dozens of interviews conducted before writing the article. According to Statista, in 2017, 39% of workers said a heavy workload was their leading cause of stress. We live in a busy work environment, and we will share some tips on how to manage that.
                      3. Not knowing your role – While not something you can fully control, you can, and probably should, take action to better define it with your boss.
                      4. Inadequate communication and support from your manager – Like the others above, you can’t fully control that, but as we’ll soon share, you can take action to be in better control.
                      5. Time pressure – As mentioned, motivated, passionate workers are more in danger of experiencing burnout. One of the reasons is that they’re pressuring themselves to do more, sometimes at the expense of their mental health. We’ll address how to work on that as well.

                      How to Overcome a Burnout

                      After going over the stages of burnout and the leading causes of becoming burned out, it might be a good time to let you know that there is a lot you can do to fight it head-on.

                      However, let’s start with what you should not do. Burnout cannot be fixed by going on a vacation. It should be a long-term solution, implemented daily.

                      According to Clockify (2019), these are the popular ways to avoid burnout:

                      1. Focus on your family life – 60% of adults said that stable family life is key to avoiding burnout. Maintaining meaningful relationships in your life is proven to reduce stress (instead of having many unmeaningful relationships).
                      2. Exercising comes in second, with 58% reporting that jogging, running, or doing any exercise significantly relieves stress. Even a relatively short walk might improve your body’s resilience to stress.
                      3. Seek professional advice – 55% say they would turn to a professional. There are online websites where you can speak with professionals at reduced costs.

                      Aside from the three most popular ways of avoiding burnout, you can also try the following:

                      1. Improve Time Management

                      Try understanding how you can use your time better and leave more time for relaxation. That’s easy to say (or write) but more challenging to implement. It would help if you started by prioritizing yourself. Understanding the connection between your values and your everyday tasks is a tremendous help. You can use proven methods to improve the relationship between your vision and goals to your daily life tasks’ lists. Check out the Horizons of Focus or V2MOM methods to get started.

                      2. Use the P.L.E.A.S.E. Method

                      The P.L.E.A.S.E. is a combination of things you should do to be at your best physically. It means Physical Illness (P.L.) prevention, Eat healthy (E), Avoid mood-altering drugs (A), Sleep well (S), and Exercise (E).

                      3. Prioritize

                      You don’t have to say yes to everything that comes across your way at work (or in other aspects of life). You’d be surprised how easy it can become once you start saying no. Some might even describe it as exhilarating.

                      4. Let Your Brain rest

                      Culturally, most of us are already wired to think that hard work is essential, and while that’s true in most cases, we sometimes forget that our brain needs to rest for it to recharge. Seven hours of sleep are essential (depending on your age). Meditation might be helpful, too.

                      5. Pay Attention to Positive Events

                      According to Therapistaid.com, we tend to focus on the bad things in our lives. However, by focusing on positive things, we can change our mindset. One way to practice this daily is by writing three good things about your life every morning or evening. It’s been scientifically proven that doing so for a few months can help rewire your brain.

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                      6. Take Some “You” Time

                      A Netflix binge is not always good for you, but it might be in some cases. The better the leisure time is, the better you’ll feel in the long term. It’s usually better to read a book or start a new hobby that requires more cognitive skills than just lying on the couch. But as long as you feel good watching a movie, that might be a good start.

                      7. New Technologies Might Be Helpful

                      There are tons of self-help apps such as Fabulous, Headspace (meditation), Noom (diet and exercise), and others. They’re good to use, but you should also be careful not to run away from your problems only to watch social media for hours. It’s not real, and no one’s life is perfect (even if their Facebook or Instagram feeds might seem so). You should also be aware not to be in an “always-on” mindset.

                      Bottom Line

                      Whether you’re at the first or the fifth stage of the burnout phases, the goal of this article is to show you that there are always ways to fight it. The first thing is self-awareness—knowing that there’s a problem. The second step is to decide what to do about it.

                      You can also consider using Lifehack’s community. You’re more than welcome to share your burnout story on our Facebook page.

                      Bonus: Rebound from Burnout in 8 Hours

                      Watch what you can do to rebound from burnout quickly in this episode of The Lifehack Show:

                      https://youtu.be/MNnyqQWK_zg

                      Featured photo credit: Lechon Kirb via unsplash.com

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