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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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                      Last Updated on October 15, 2018

                      Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                      Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                      “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

                      While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

                      1. Dehydration

                      If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

                      If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

                      You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

                      2. Lack Of Exercise

                      A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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                      Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

                      3. A Poor Diet

                      The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

                      An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

                      Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

                      4. Skipping Breakfast

                      Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

                      Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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                      Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

                      Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                      5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

                      We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

                      TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

                      Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

                      Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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                      6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

                      Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

                      Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

                      If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

                      7. Depression

                      Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

                      Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

                      Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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                      8. Hypothyroidism

                      If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

                      Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

                      9. Anemia

                      People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

                      However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

                      While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

                      10. Cancer

                      While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

                      Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

                      Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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