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Bacteria in food or protozoa
in water are often the cause, but other causes are viruses,

parasites in food and other sources. Diarrhea
by intestinal parasites is the third leading cause of illness.

Gastroenteritis, caused by a virus that has entered the digestive tract or contaminated food
or water,
causes inflammation, cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Severe cases
can lead to dehydration, so be sure to drink fluids and balance
your electrolytes
(take Pedialyte for young children and the elderly, and sports
for everybody else.)

• Eating an excessive amount of fatty foods or fruit

• Food poisoning

• Extreme fatigue

• Stress or anxiety. What effects the mind ends up effecting the sympathetic stomach.

• Antibiotics and some prescription medications affect the bowels by killing the good
bacteria along
with the harmful bacteria. Take acidophilus or live culture
yogurt while
you are taking medication to help rebuild your intestinal flora.
A probiotic
remedy will be helpful.

• Still other causes are excessive consumption of alcohol, caffeinated drinks, coffee,
and large quantities of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
magnesium. A good way to counteract diarrhea if

you are taking large amounts of magnesium, is to supplement with

• Nutritional deficiencies. 

Underlying Disease As A Cause

Lactose intolerance (lack of enzymes to digest milk sugar) is another common cause.

• Gluten intolerance. You may not be able to tolerate certain foods that contain gluten (wheat, oats, rye
and barley). See celiac disease below.

• Various types of bowel problems, such as bowel cancer, irritable bowel
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

• A hyperactive thyroid can also cause diarrhea.

• Food allergies are a very common cause of diarrhea. Proper testing will discover which one(s) you
are allergic
to. Eliminating the offending food may well stop the diarrhea.
Have a
blood test done or try an elimination diet to find out what is
the diarrhea.

• Celiac disease. This is a disease where the person is allergic to gluten, a protein substance
found in wheat,
barley, oats and rye and, therefore, in a wide variety of foods.
individuals with celiac disease are deficient in vitamin B-6 and
Magnesium is necessary to utilize vitamin B-6. Your doctor can
test for
gluten intolerance.

• A deficiency in niacin.

• A deficiency in folic acid.



Acidophilus Take acidophilus with meals whenever you feel sanitation or water supply may be questionable. This will help build up the "friendly" bacteria in your intestines. Either a tablespoon of
liquid or one to two capsules should do the trick. One good product is
called Culturelle (a probiotic formula).

Apple cider vinegar For a preventive measure start taking a teaspoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of honey in a glass of water half an hour before each meal a few days before your trip. Continue this regimen
during your trip.

Bismuth Subsalicylate The active ingredient found in Pepto-Bismol, bismuth subsalicylate, can be taken either after an attack or as a preventive measure. Be careful if you take aspirin regularly as
Pepto-Bismol contains salicylates, which added to that in the aspirin
may cause symptoms such as ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Grapefruit seed extract Another good preventive or treatment remedy for traveler's diarrhea is grapefruit seed extract. This extract is a powerful all-around antimicrobial product and is an
excellent disinfectant. This extract is very bitter, so use tablets or
capsules (take 3 capsules daily) instead of the liquid. If you do use
the liquid, use five drops in a glass of water. Another helpful product
to carry with you is activated charcoal which is explained in more
detail below.

Lemon juice Drinking the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon in a large glass of water three to five times a day will kill off the pathogens causing the diarrhea. For prevention in case there is a
stomach virus going around, take 1-2 tablespoons of juice before meals.

Loperamide hydrochloride For severe cases of diarrhea, Loperamide hydrochloride (the active ingredient of Imodium A-D) can be very helpful.

Powdered cow's milk carries antibodies of the E. coli bacteria that you may take to prevent getting Montezuma's revenge. Check with your health food store.

Wine Red or white wine (6 ounces is enough) contain polyphenols, an antibacterial agent.


Home Remedies for Diarrhea we recommend:

Home Remedies for diarrhea #1: Take homeopathic Arsenicum
if you feel you have eaten spoiled food. This will help
the discharge without interfere with the elimination of

Home Remedies for diarrhea #2: If you feel weak and have a burning pain in mid-section
take cuprum
arsenicosum .

4 charcoal tablets every hour this will absorb the
toxins from
the body.

Home Remedies for diarrhea #3: Drink blackberry tea for mild diarrhea.

Home Remedies for diarrhea #4: Take cayenne in capsules.

Home Remedies for diarrhea #5:Wild oregano oil is an antibacterial, anti parasitic and anti

Home Remedies for diarrhea #6: Ginger tea can stop cramps and pain. Or take Ginger in

Home Remedies for diarrhea #7: Drink plenty of fluids, but stay away from caffeine and
alcohol. Drinks
like ginger ale or carrot juice is good for making the
less watery.

Home Remedies for diarrhea #8: For decades charcoal has been used for absorbing and
expelling intestinal
gas. Charcoal may also be used for relieving a variety
of ailments,
such as indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, high
and intestinal bloating. Charcoal's ability to absorb
and prevent
substances from dislodging or reabsorbing into the body
make it
a popular choice for detoxifying the liver and kidneys.


TIP:Do not drink apple juice this will make diarrhea

Home Remedies for diarrhea #9: Boil brown rice and water for 45 minutes eat the rice (it
Vitamin B) and drink the water.


More home remedies:


15 More Natural Alternatives: http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/health-tips/diarrhea-home-reme...

Mother Nature's Remedies: http://www.mothernature.com/library/bookshelf/books/47/46.cfm

Ayurvedic Alternatives: http://www.ayurvediccure.com/homeremedies_diarrhea.htm

Homeopathic Remedies for Diarrhea: http://truestarhealth.com/Notes/2219003.html

Herbs, Homeopathy, Supplements: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/diarrhea-000050.htm

My goto is kefir, a liquid probiotic we make at home.


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