Relieve Diarrhea Naturally

If you’re an average American, you’ll probably have one or two unpleasant episodes of diarrhea this year. Fortunately, diarrhea will normally pass within a couple of days, and if it doesn’t there are natural remedies, which will usually help.

The most common, and milder, form of diarrhea, known as “acute diarrhea” or “non-inflammatory diarrhea", is usually caused by a bacterial or viral culprit, such as those found in contaminated food or water. Symptoms may include watery bowel movements, stomach cramps, abdominal pain, gas, nausea and vomiting.

Acute diarrhea can also be caused by:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Antibiotics and other medications
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeinated drinks
  • Large quantities of vitamin C and/or magnesium
  • Nutritional deficiencies, including deficiencies in niacin and folic acid
  • Improper food chewing
  • Putrefied food in the stomach
  • Lack of stomach acid and digestive enzymes
  • Pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables
  • Sugar substitutes
  • Laxative overuse
  • Aspirin
  • Dishwashing detergent

In some instances, diarrhea can linger and become "chronic diarrhea", which can result in serious health complications, especially among the young, elderly or chronically ill. Chronic diarrhea is usually an indication of a more serious underlying condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome, hyperactive thyroid, celiac disease (gluten intolerance) or other food allergy.

If the cause of prolonged diarrhea is not known, get a professional diagnosis in order to identify and address the underlying condition.

Less severe diarrhea can usually be treated successfully by:

  • Eliminating causes such as those listed above
  • Letting the diarrhea run its course for 6-12 hours to rid the body of toxins
  • Drinking plenty of fluids, especially those that replenish your electrolytes (minerals). Try a good natural sports drink (click here for a recipe).

After the diarrhea has passed, begin replenishing lost nutrients with easy to digest foods. When stools begin forming, reintroduce solid foods and a bland diet that contains little or no fat, such as the BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast).

Potatoes are also good. Potato soup is often used as a diarrhea remedy. Other good dietary items include applesauce, cottage cheese and other mild cheeses, rolled oats, and brown rice. Be sure to chew everything thoroughly to get the digestive enzymes going. Also, begin rebuilding intestinal flora by introducing beneficial probiotics such as acidophilus.

If diarrhea persists or symptoms become too unpleasant, natural remedies such as the following may help:

  • Grate an apple and let it stand at room temperature for several hours until well darkened, which will let out the pectin that is the main ingredient in most common diarrhea medications.
  • Try one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (preferably organic) in a glass of water with each meal and at mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and at bedtime.
  • Take activated charcoal or white clay to absorb toxins in the system. Actually, activated charcoal is a powerful adsorbent that attracts toxins to its surface, as opposed to absorbing them.
  • Put cornmeal into a hot skillet and stir till it is completely parched (medium brown). After it cools, eat about two tablespoons (drinking as little water as you can). It is sand-like and not very pleasant tasting, but this old traditional remedy can help stop diarrhea in only 2-3 hours.
  • In a food blender mix a handful of chopped red radishes, 1 cup of cold milk, and 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch. Drink slowly. This remedy can stop diarrhea in less than an hour. Repeat in 4 hours if needed.

Among the many other items which have been used for diarrhea are: raw organic honey, lemon juice, carrots and carrot juice, MSM, black pepper, cayenne, carob flour, blueberries, blackberries, garlic, cinnamon, and various herbal teas.

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Tony Isaacs

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group S.A N.E.Vax. Inc which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers.

Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near Austin and San Antonio to give lectures and health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group Oleander Soup and he serves as a consultant to the Utopia Silver Supplement Company.

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  1. Seg says

    Diarrhea is one thing but sometimes it is “accompanied” by vomiting as in the case of a bad stomach flu and this can be very problematic ..

    To get rid of diarrhea naturally, try massive doses of a good probiotic, take about 5 to 10 pills every hour until it stops, you can easily finish the whole bottle in a day. Of course if you have vomiting you would have to wait until that subsides before you can start on the probiotics..This would do it everytime !!!!!

  2. Millie says

    I am a little surprised that you did not recommend probiotics as a first line remedy. I have been a Registered Dietitian for many years, and in my experience, most diarrhea can be resolved easily with Kefir or Culturelle probiotic capsules unless someone has a C Diff infection or pancreatitis. Limiting sugar can also help.

  3. says

    Good Informarion Tony! I have 3 clients I’m with riight now that are more mature ( never say elderly) and have this Health
    concern of the upmost. Really bad cases! I am addressing this
    as “Leaky Gut” and have them on a Regime not just with Probitiocs, a very many Billions one, but also addressing the underlying cause of Inflammed Intestinal Track Lining. Where it is so porous everything goes thru-just as you said, not only from Medications, Celaic Diseasees also!!! etc, etc
    Suma G Nathan
    Certified Registered Nutritionist
    Certified Chinese Herbologist
    Holistic Health Journalist & Author

  4. PDH says

    Useful info, many new to me, and I appreciate it. Sometimes, an energetic technique I’ve learned is effective – that is passing your hand over the entire abdominal area (either lightly touching or slightly above the abdomen), clockwise to speed things up, or counter-clockwise to slow things down. Imagine your tummy area as the face of a clock aimed outward to orient properly. If your body is trying to eliminate toxins, tho, slowing it down might not be in your best interests!

    However, the link to a recipe for a natural sports drink leads me to an error page. Any way you can fix that, or perhaps post the recipe in a comment box right here?


  5. ashley says

    for over 40 years now, myself, my family and friends and acquaintances that i have told about it, have simply used about 13-15 whole black peppers for all cases of diarrhea, stomach poisoning and ‘bali belly’ to eliminate the problem, almost always within 15 minutes……..forget all the other rubbish, just swallow the black peppers with a mouthful or two of water (do not chew!) the peppers will not harm you, no chemicals involved, very cheap, very fast and very effective

  6. Seg says

    Hi Ashley, this sounds pretty fascinating. For the benefit of all what would be the recommend approx dosage for kids..also have you ever gave this to very young kids say 1 to 3yr old..

  7. Luis Reichman says

    Gentlemen;What I did hear this morning every nine and half minutes there is a person who become infected with Aids.
    The retrovirals only mask the sickness and allow the person to get infected with other problems (opportunistic diseases) such as cancer,diabetes,dengue, yellow fever and in spite of that there is a herbal product produced in S.America which does stop the advance of the Aids virus-it has been proven in Honduras for example- and nobody seems to be interested.
    Children are the most susceptible to Aids and die very soon.
    This herbal product has only to be used for 3 months not need to be taken indefinitely like with the retrovirals.
    And now because of over use of the retrovirals there is now at least one Aids virus which does not respond to the retrovirals and which is deadly.
    If any one is interested I can provide further details.!!!

  8. Anonymous says

    My son at age of 20 had the colitis, then at 30 he removed his colin, now he has diarrhea 3 to 4 times after each meal, sometinne he goes hungrey if he is on the road, what can he do to have regular BM.

  9. Tony IsaacsDquixote1217 says

    PDH, the bad link is due to a misspelling of Dehydation (the “i” was left out for some reason). if you spell Dehydration correctly you will find the article and recipe. I think you will like it.

    Lee, the herbal product is Sutherlandia OPC (actually, now a line of products). There is also a version from the same manufacturer that ships from Texas called Rose Laurel OPC Plus.

    You can find out more if you click on my name and check out some of my articles here on oleander. Alternatively, you can see the oleander series of articles at

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