If you’re suffer from diarrhea, the first question is, what’s causing it? Sometimes diarrhea is a symptom of a larger problem. In most cases, diarrhea passes through the system in a few days at most, or is related to specific illnesses, such as flu or food allergy. If diarrhea continues for more than ten days, or if there is severe weight loss accompanying the symptoms, you should probably seek medical attention.
Causes of Diarrhea
Diarrhea occurs when the colon cannot function properly, due to inflammation, irritation, infection, or disease. Here are some details:
- Food Reaction: Reactions or allergies to certain foods may cause diarrhea. Some people cannot drink beer, for example, while others cannot eat spicy foods. This type of diarrhea is the body ridding itself of toxic or unwanted substances. The message is: don’t eat or drink these things anymore.
- Dairy products: An allergy to milk and other dairy products, for example, often manifests in diarrhea rather than hives or other common allergy symptoms. If you’re suffering from chronic diarrhea, try eliminating all dairy products from your diet for a few weeks. If the diarrhea doesn’t stop, a dairy allergy is not to blame.
- Viral Infection: Many types of viral infections can cause diarrhea, including both mild and serious infections.
- Parasites: Parasites from traveling, undercooked meats, or contact with animals or their stool can cause severe diarrhea that requires medical attention. If antibiotics are prescribed, be sure to take probiotics when your treatment is over.
- Vitamin C: Too much vitamin C results in diarrhea in most people. If you are megadosing vitamin C, cut back when you start getting diarrhea. Too much magnesium will also cause diarrhea.
- Disease: Diarrhea is a symptom in some serious illnesses, including dysentery, food poisoning (botulism), AIDS, Crohn’s disease, and radiation sickness. All of these require medical attention.
Treatments for Diarrhea
Diarrhea should be treated according to its cause. But you should do some things no matter what the cause. Here are some suggestions:
- Avoid dairy, caffeine, processed foods, alcohol, and fermented foods and beverages.
- Take antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral herbs, such as green tea extract, garlic extract, oregano extract, barberry root and John’s wort.
- Take probiotic cultures, which are helpful even if your diarrhea is not caused by fungal infection.
- Take a nutrientrich food supplement to restore the vitamins and minerals your body has lost from the diarrhea.
If an infection is causing your diarrhea, colloidal silver (a solution) helps kill all the bad bacteria in the colon. It even kills Cryptosporidium parasites, which cause only minor diarrhea in people with healthy immune systems, but can cause severe, lifethreatening diarrhea in people with compromised immune systems, such as people with AIDS.
If you don’t have colloidal silver, barberry root is effective for treating diarrhea, especially when caused by virus. It has been shown to inhibit the E. coli virus’s ability to flourish within the cells. Some herbalists suggest that grapefruit seed extract and goldenseal are also good diarrhea remedies.
If diarrhea is severe, watch out for dehydration. Drink plenty of pure water. You can also drink green tea, which has antibacterial qualities.
Diarrhea in children should not last more than one or two days. To help it go away quickly, try a diet of bananas, fiber in the form of wheat germ or bran, and plain yogurt (no sugar or flavoring, except for the bananas). Add a teaspoon of bee pollen to restore lost vitamins and minerals.