Tips to control Loose Motions instantly -
Diarrhea or loose motions refers to the frequent passage of stools which are loose and watery.
Loss of water from the body can cause dehydration. It also results in weakness, loss of appetite, stomach pain etc.
In some people diarrhea is a part of IBS (IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME)
Due to chronic disease of the large intestine.
Allergies to certain foods.
lactose intolerance – various people suffer from lactose intolerance as they have low levels of intestinal lactose. Intake of large quantity of milk or dairy products can cause loose motions.
Overeating can also be a major cause for loose motion.
Stress puts a deal of pressure on the body and hormones. This in turn affects digestion and causes loose motions.
If you are having loose motion on a day when you have a lot of things to attend to it can become really difficult and opting for a medicine might seem to be the best option at hand. However stopping a loose motion instantly with a strong medicine might not be a very healthy practice, because loose motion is considered as a natural mechanism of the body to flush out the toxins entered through means of food and water.
So unless you really need it , it is best not to opt for medicines to stop loose motions. Rather try out the simple home remedies for loose motion and give your body time to get rid of the toxins at its own.
In case of emergency these are some home remedies which help stop loose motions instantly -
Table salt – Gulp down a spoon of salt with water.
Mint and lemon juice – collect 15 to 20 mint leaves, wash them and then crush them . Squeeze out the juices and add it to 1 glass of water. Now add the juice of ½ a lemon in this water, mix well and drink, You can dtrink it 2-3 times in a day to stop loose motions.
Turmeric – It is best to use fresh and raw turmeric roots for this purpose. Clean the turmeric roots. Smash them to make a paste. Add 1 spoon of this fresh turmeric paste with 1 cup of warm water and drink it. You can drink it 2-3 times a day for best results.
Pomegranate juice – Eat 2 pomegranate a day to reduce loose motion. You can drink home made juice of it.
Date and honey - the Ayurvedic loose motion cure –
Take 1 tsp of date paste and 2-3 drops of honey to it. Mix the two well and then take it. You can take this treatment not more than 2 times in a day to control loose motion.
Mix 2 tsp of lemon juice with ½ tsp ginger paste and a little black pepper powder. It is also very effective method.
Drinking strong black tea without sugar is very effective in loose motion.
Add 1/4th tsp of cinnamon powder and 1 tbs of honey to a glass of warm water. Mix it well and drink thrice a day.
By these home remedies you can treat loose motions at home now. You will have to contact a doctor if you have loose motions or fever for more than 24 hours and if you are unable to take even liquids to prevent water loss.
Some more home remedies are – These home remedies are natural cures with ingredients that are usually found within the home. They are quite safe and help stop loose stools easily if the cause is not very serious.
Lemonade– lemon juice has anti-inflammatory properties . Extract the juice from one full lemon. Add 1 tsp of sugar and pinch of salt. Mix it well. Consume every hour.
Loose motion is worrisome when you pass stools more than 3 times in a day . Since the body is excreting more fluids it can cause a water imbalance in the body called dehydration. Dehydration can be life threatening if not treated in time. So hydrate your body by coconut water, homemade juices, soups, electrolyte powders etc.
Bottle gourd juice – Take a fresh bottle gourd , peel the skin and then cut into small pieces. Now put these pieces in a blender and mash it well. Squeeze out the juice from the mash mixture and consume it two times a day.
Bael powder – Fruit of this is called wood apple. Take 25 gm dried powder of this fruit and mix it with honey and take this mixture 3-4 times a day. Or you can simply eat fresh Bael pulp or its dried powder depending upon availability.
Buttermilk – The acid in the buttermilk has the ability to fight bacteria and germs and to soothe your digestive system. You can add black pepper, roasted cumin seeds powder , turmeric powder, black salt etc.
Bananas – Since it is starchy and pulpy , it helps bind the stools.
Psyllium seeds – Ground psyllium seeds is quite an effective cure. Mix 1-3 tbs in water and drink. It soaks up the excess fluid present in the intestine and makes the stool bulkier.
Brown rice with curd – Make sure the rice is boiled until very soft , as it is easy on the system . It helps to flush out harmful toxins from the body.
Some valuable tips – Try to take complete bed rest so that your body can recover easily.
You can also use heating pads on your stomach area if you are experiencing stomach cramps and pain.
Avoid milk products – It is vital that you totally avoid milk and milk products for at least 3-4 days until you fully recover from the loose motion bout. The intestines will not be able to digest milk and milk products during loose motion and consuming them will lead to increase in loose motion.
If you have just recovered from a bout of loose motion it is ideal that you take starch rich foods for a couple of days to ease your stomach and to help in easy digestion like well cooked rice, boiled potatoes , curd etc.
Dr. Suman Setia BAMS DNHE PGDHHM
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