Does your stomach feel queasy after a hearty dinner over the weekend? Are you suffering from loose motion and know not what to do? Fret not, for help is at hand. Loose motion which is nothing but the frequent passage of watery or really loose stools is a rather common condition that most people across the globe suffer from at least twice a year. It is also common amongst children of all ages. While this is not considered life threatening or harmful, you must watch out so you do not get dehydrated. Listed below are a few home remedies that can curb or put a stop to loose motions almost instantly!
Now, this is a remedy you cannot beat! Coconut water is all-natural, it is yummy, it is refreshing, and it is a great concoction to treat loose motions. The water from a coconut helps in treating dehydration, which is one of the most worrisome symptoms of loose motions. When you consume coconut water, you will replenish the fluids lost from your body due to frequent visits to the loo. Coconut water also restores the electrolytic balance in the body, making it one of the best remedies to treat loose motions in both adults and children alike.(1)
What you have to do: Drink a tall glass of fresh coconut water every hour to stop loose motion instantly.
You may have heard your granny or other elders warning you from consuming dairy products when you have loose motions. Yes, they are right indeed as processed dairy is hard to digest and can make your condition worse. However, yoghurt is an exception. Rich in probiotics and good bacteria, yoghurt can set an upset tummy at ease in a jiffy. It also fights the bad bacteria that cause loose motions and maintains intestinal health. This is a remedy we strongly suggest if you are having more than 3 liquid bowel movements in a day.(2)
What you have to do: Simply consume a medium sized cup of yoghurt after each meal.
This may come as a surprise to you, but this is a remedy that actually works. Several studies conducted point towards the efficacy of peppermint oil in reducing bowel inflammation, soothing the digestive track, and reducing loose motions instantly. These studies have also indicated that the essential oil is replete with active ingredients such as menthol that has antispasmodic properties. This aids in blocking calcium channels within the intestinal muscles and thereby reduces cramping, pain, and frequent elimination.(3)
What you have to do: Add a few dried leaves or a few drops of peppermint tincture while brewing your tea. This tea may be consumed up to 5 times between meals for quick relief from irritable bowel syndrome or loose motion. You may also resort to enteric coated capsules that are available at most pharmacies. Do not consume over 2 capsules thrice a day.
If you love fruits, you will love trying this remedy. Citrus fruits such as gooseberry, lemon, sweet lime, and grape fruit can be your pal in combating loose motions. These fruits provide the body fiber, water, and electrolytes. They also help flush out the toxins that accumulate in your body when you suffer from loose motions or diarrhea.
What you should do: Citrus fruits can be consumed throughout the day. A word of caution – Do not eat citrus fruits at night before bed or on an empty stomach as this can cause bloating and excessive irritation.
This herb has numerous medicinal applications. It is also an excellent remedy for loose motions. People who suffer from a delicate stomach and combat loose motions often, swear by this remedy that has been used by Eastern doctors since time immemorial. Ginger acts as a tonic and warms the stomach. It also possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and analgesic properties that aid in curbing loose motions. It also has anti-oxidant properties and rehydrates the body and makes your recovery swift when consumed in a liquid form.
What you should do: Simply chew on a slice of ginger every few hours. Alternatively, you may make yourself a pot of ginger tea and consume two cups a day. Ginger is also available in the form of tincture and capsules. Be sure not to consume over 4 grams of ginger a day. You may add a few drops honey to your ginger tea to fasten your recovery.
Mom’s advice always works! And, if she has asked you to chomp on a banana, blindly do so! Loose motions can put you in a rather uncomfortable spot. However, a banana a day can instantly stop not just pain, but also your numerous trips to the restroom. Banana acts as a binding agent and in turn bulks up your stools and thereby helps you recover more quickly. Studies suggest that banana can be used to treat persistent diarrhea as it contains fiber that has beneficial intestinal effects. Green banana in specific, contains pectin – that helps absorb excess water content in the intestines. It also is replete with important electrolytes such as potassium and provides your tired body with some much-needed energy.(4)
What you should do: Eat a banana every 2-3 hours. You may also mash up a banana with some chives if you are looking for some flavor.
The juice of a lemon not only has immunity boosting properties but is also known to possess anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Yes, lemon can be used not just to treat sniffles, but also to treat a bad bout of diarrhea. The acidic nature of lemon helps in restoring the pH balance in your stomach and also fights the bad bacteria that causes loose motions. You will be surprised at how a tall glass of your favorite drink can not just ease the symptoms of diarrhea but instantly stop elimination too.(5)
What you should do: Extract the juice of a lemon and add it to a glass of water. You may add a pinch of salt to enhance the taste. Drink it after your morning meal for best results.
Now, these were just a few of the many remedies that can ease an upset tummy. Thousands of people have benefited by trying these remedies when suffering from loose motions. Try them the next time, your stomach goes on a strike!