How to Stop Diarrhea Faster: 8 Effective Tips

Drinking homemade serum, drinking guava leaf tea and eating peeled apples are some simple measures that help stop diarrhea faster, because they replace water and minerals lost through feces, regulate intestinal flora and reduce bowel movements.

In general, diarrhea can last 3 to 4 days. However, if diarrhea lasts more than 5 days or other symptoms appear, such as fever, blood in the stool or weight loss, it is recommended  to consult a general practitioner or gastroenterologist to determine the cause of the diarrhea and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Check out the video below for some tips to stop diarrhea faster:

8 Ways to Stop Diarrhea Fast:

The main ways to stop diarrhea quickly are:

1. Drink guava leaf tea

Guava leaf tea has astringent properties, reducing the volume of water in the stool and thus helping to combat diarrhea. In addition, guava tea also has antispasmodic action, reducing abdominal pain. Learn  how to use guava to constipate the intestines .

To prepare this tea, simply add 15 g of washed guava leaves to 500 ml of boiling water. Cover the pan and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Strain and drink 3 to 4 cups of this tea per day.

2. Eating apples without the skin

Eating apples without the skin, raw or cooked, is a good option to help stop diarrhea, because it contains little insoluble fiber, a type of fiber that increases bowel movements, making diarrhea worse. See other foods recommended for diarrhea .

In addition to apples, it is important to always eat fruits without the skin, seeds or pulp, as these are the parts where the greatest amounts of insoluble fiber are found.

3. Take homemade serum

To replace the water and mineral salts that are lost during diarrhea, avoiding dehydration, you can drink homemade serum or oral rehydration solutions that can be purchased at the pharmacy.

It is recommended to drink the homemade serum in small sips throughout the day and in an amount similar to the fluids lost through feces. However, it is not recommended to drink more than half a glass of serum at once. Check out  how to make and drink the homemade serum .

4. Avoid foods high in fat

Foods high in fat, such as milk, ice cream, butter and fatty meats, for example, should be avoided. This is because fat stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, increasing bowel movement and worsening diarrhea.

In addition, the time it takes for fat to be absorbed is also reduced during diarrhea. Therefore, eating fatty foods can increase the concentration of fat in the stool, worsening diarrhea.

5. Drink chamomile tea

Chamomile tea is rich in phenolic compounds, such as apigenin and quercetin, which have anti-inflammatory and calming effects, reducing stimulation of the gastrointestinal tract and relieving colic caused by diarrhea. Learn about other teas recommended for diarrhea .

To make chamomile tea, simply place 1 tablespoon (4 g) of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of boiling water. Cover, let stand for 5 minutes, strain and drink up to 4 cups of tea per day.

6. Consume probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in the intestine and can be obtained through the consumption of certain foods, such as natural yogurt, kombucha, kefir and tempeh. Check out  other probiotic foods.

In addition, probiotics can also be obtained in the form of food supplements that can be purchased in pharmacies or health food stores, such as Simfort, Simcaps, Kefir Real and Floratil and Bifilac.

7. Drink coconut water

Drinking coconut water helps treat diarrhea, as it replenishes mineral salts, such as potassium and sodium, which are important nutrients to prevent dehydration and which are eliminated in large quantities during diarrhea.

8. Use diarrhea remedies

Some of the remedies that your doctor may prescribe to treat diarrhea are:

  • Racecadotril(Avide or Tiorfan): reduces water secretion in the intestine, making stools harder;
  • Loperamide(Diasec, Imosec or Kaosec): reduces bowel movements, causing stool to stay in the intestine longer, promoting water absorption and making it harder.

However, these medications should only be used under the guidance of a doctor, because if there is an associated infection, the use of the medication can worsen the situation. See  all the medications indicated for diarrhea

When to see a doctor

It is recommended to consult a general practitioner or gastroenterologist when, even after following the previous tips, diarrhea persists for 5 days or when it is accompanied by blood or pus in the stool, fever, vomiting or significant weight loss.

If you would like to see a specialist, make an appointment with a general practitioner near you:

In addition, it is also advisable to see a doctor if you experience signs and symptoms of dehydration, such as feeling thirsty, dry skin and mouth, sleepiness or changes in your state of consciousness, for example. In these cases, it is important to go to a hospital emergency room.

Abbas Jahangir

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