Check these 15 simple home remedies to fight loose motion easily at home. These can be safely used for both adults and kids.
Loose Motions are generally not considered as a serious problem.
However, under the absence of proper treatment and precautions it may become to serious.
Since, the body keep excreting vast amount of fluids out of the body, the water level gets disturbed and leads to a condition known Dehydration.
If not diagnosed properly Dehydration could be life-threatening. Other symptoms includes weight loss, weakness, dry-mouth etc.
People may have diarrhea once or twice every year. The condition is more frequent in children. Loss of water from the body can cause dehydration. It also results in weakness, loss of appetite; stomach pain etc.
Loose motion usually lasts for 2 to 3 days and can be treated with home remedies or any over the counter medicines.
In some people, diarrhea is a part of irritable bowel syndrome or occurs due to chronic disease of the large intestine. In such conditions medical treatment is necessary.
Here we look into the causes of loose motion; tried and tested home remedies that are effective in treating non-serious diarrhoea and foods that need to be avoided during these times.
What Are The Causes Of Loose Motion
Some causes of loose motion are:
- Foods that upset the digestive system
- Food poisoning or infection by bacteria
- Infection by other organisms such as parasites
- Allergies to certain food
- Certain Medications
- Diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
- Mal nutrition
- Alcohol abuse
- Stress or fright
Symptoms Of Loose Motion
Depending on the complication of the problem, the symptoms of loose motion vary. The symptoms of non-serious diarrhea includes:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Watery or loose stools
- Abdominal bloating of cramps
- Sense of urgency to have a bowel movement
The symptoms of complicated loose motion includes:
- Dark colored stools
- Blood or mucus in the stools
- Weight loss
Non-serious loose motion can be treated using various home remedies.
For serious loose motion that involves bloody stools, fever, weight loss etc, make sure you contact a doctor especially if it persists for more than 24 hours and if you are unable to take even liquids to prevent water loss.
If you are suffering from severe loose motion, then you are bound to get dehydrated very soon. Hence, it is very important for you to stay hydrated at all times, especially when you are suffering from loose motion. A few ways to stay hydrated are:
- Make sure that you drink 8 to 12 glasses of water during your loose motion days.
- You can also think of drinking certain healthy soups or fruit juices.
- Electrolyte powder mixed in water will also provide you relief from stomach pain and cramps.
- Coconut water is also a very good agent that will keep you hydrated during loose motions.
15 Tried And Tested Home Remedies That Have Worked With My Family When We Suffered From Bouts Of Loose Motion:
Consume curd as much as you can during loose motions. Curd contains gut friendly bacteria which help in balancing the good and bad bacteria balance in the intestines and restoring health.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Have 2 to 3 tablespoons of curd at frequent intervals. Or even curds mixed with plain rice works well.
2. Ground Nutmeg In Curds
Nutmeg is a very popular home remedy for killing bugs that cause loose motions. Nutmeg is very effective for diarrhea in children and adults alike. This was my mum’s go-to remedy always when we were down with the loosies.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Grind or powder nutmeg. Mix with 1 or 2 tablespoons of fresh curd. [preferably home-made] Eat immediately.
3. Mustard Seeds
Mustard seeds are found to have antibacterial properties that are effective in treating loose stools.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of mustard seeds in 1 tablespoon of water. Let stand for 1 hour. Now drink this mustard water like you would a regular oral tonic. Repeat it 2 to 3 times a day to get rid of loose stools.
4. Methi Or Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and is also an excellent home remedy to fight loose stools.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried fenugreek seeds and grind in a blender to make a fine powder. Now mix this powder in a glass of water and take it every day in the morning on an empty stomach for 2 to 3 days to get complete relief from loose motions.
Pomegranate helps in reducing loosies quite effectively.
How To Prepare/ Administer: There are 3 ways of using pomegranate to curb loose stools. They are:
- Eating pomegranate seeds during loose motion will help in reducing the symptoms and stopping loose stools. Make sure that you eat at least 2 fruits a day to reduce the loosies effectively.
- You can even blend the pomegranate seeds in a mixer and extract its juice. Drink a glass of this juice at least 3 times a day to see effective results.
- Boil pomegranate leaves and water together. Drink this 2 to 3 times a day for effectively treating loose motions.
Buttermilk is considered to be a health drink in India and is very effective in soothing the digestive system and bringing it back on track. The acid in the buttermilk has the ability to fight bacteria and germs and to soothe your digestive system.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Take 1 glass buttermilk and add 1 teaspoon salt along with 1 pinch black pepper powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder each. Mix well. Drink this buttermilk at least two to three times a day to get rid of loose stools.
Sago is known to be an effective ingredient that will help in reducing stomach pains and also to improve digestion.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Soak the sago in enough water for three hours. [As sago consumes a lot of water you need to make sure that it is soaked in enough quantity of water.] Post 3 hours, drink the sago water to get relief from stomach pain and preventing further loose motions. You need to drink this water several times a day.
8. Arrowroot Powder
Arrowroot contains several B vitamins, including thiamin, niacin and pyridoxine, and minerals such as copper and iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, all providing necessary nutrients for your body.
It is gluten-free. As gluten intolerance becomes more and more common, naturally gluten-free arrowroot is a welcome option for preventing the bloating and stomach pain prevalent in this condition.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Take 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder and mix well with water so that no lumps are formed. Stir the mixture on medium flame until its well cooked. Add buttermilk/ curd or water to the mixture and stir well. You can add in 1 pinch of salt if required. Serve this porridge once or twice a day to help curb loose motions.
9. Mint, Lemon and Honey
Mint leaves have been used since ancient time to treat loose motions or diarrhea. It has antibacterial properties and helps in quick digestion. It can be given in any form. You can even chew one or two mint leaves every day after meals to help in the digestion of your food. This will prevent you from suffering loose motions.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Extract mint juice from fresh mint leaves by beating it in a blender and draining its juice. To 1 teaspoon of mint leaf extract add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix well and consume this mixture. Take this mixture 2 to 3 times daily for two or three days to get rid of loose motions.
10. Bael Leaf Powder
Bael leaves and the bael fruit which is also known as wood apple is found to be an excellent ingredient that will help in soothing stomach muscles and help in reducing loose motion problems.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Take 25 grams of dried bael leaf and fruit powder and mix it with 2 tablespoons of honey. Take this mixture 3 to 4 times a day and repeat it every day until you feel that you are free from loose motion.
11. Dry Ginger Powder
Ginger has antifungal and antibacterial properties and also helps in soothing the stomach pains apart from improving digestion. It is an excellent ingredient to take for loose motions.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Add 1/2 teaspoon of dry ginger powder in 1 cup of buttermilk. Mix well and drink this ginger-buttermilk concoction 3 to 4 times a day.
You are sure to see a considerable reduction in diarrhea within 2 days.
12. Bottle Gourd Juice
Bottle gourd juice is an excellent drink that must be given to people suffering from loose motions as it will help in retaining the water content in the body and prevent the body from getting dehydrated.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Take 1 fresh bottle gourd, peel the skin and cut it into small pieces. Now add the chopped bottle gourd into a blender and grind. Squeeze out the juice from the mash mixturground bottle gourd and consume this juice 2 times a day to restore the water level of the body and to not get dehydrated when suffering from loose motion.
13. Raw Papaya
Raw papaya is found to be effective in treating loose motions. It will help in easing stomach pain as well as reduce stomach cramps.
IMPORTANT NOTE: [Pregnant women, please exercise caution while using raw papaya]
How to: Grate a raw papaya and put in a bowl that contains three cups of water. Boil the raw papaya in water for about 10 minutes. Strain the water and drink it once it becomes warm. Drink this two to three times a day till you feel a reduction in loose motion.
14. Chamomile Tea
Tea made from chamomile flowers is very effective in treating inflammation of the intestines and will work on your body to reduce loose motion problems. It will help in improving the upset digestive system very quickly.
How To Prepare/ Administer: You can make 1 cup of tea by using chamomile tea bags that you can buy ready-made in the supermarket.
If you want to prepare the tea from scratch: Boil 1 teaspoon of chamomile flower and 1 teaspoon peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water. Boil this mixture for about 15 minutes.
Strain and drink the tea at least three times a day to get better relief from loosies.
Lemon juice has anti inflammatory properties that will help in easily clearing the stomach. It is one of the tried and tested home remedies for loose motion for many decades.
How To Prepare/ Administer: Extract the juice from 1 whole lemon. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar to it and mix well. Consume this lemonade every 1 hour till you feel that the toxins in your intestines have been flushed out.
It would be most effective to use this concoction for 3 days to clear all the toxins in your stomach.
Foods To Avoid During Loose Motion
- Milk Products :It is vital that you totally avoid milk and milk products for at least 3 to 4 days unit you fully recover from the bout of loose motions. The intestines will not be able to digest milk and milk products during loose motion and consuming them will lead to an increase in loose motion. Dairy to avoid include – cheese, milk, margarine, milk powder etc.
- High fiber foods
- Oily and greasy foods
- Spicy foods
- Caffeinated drinks
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