Upset stomach and diarrhea can occur for many reasons, such as food allergies, stress or the flu, and though unpleasant, diarrhea is your body’s way of ridding itself of what is causing your upset stomach.
The good news is that you don’t have to run to the pharmacy, as there are home remedies that are less expensive than over-the-counter products. And if you are taking medication that adversely interacts with diarrhea medications, such as bismuth, a home remedy may be just what the doctor ordered. Read on to learn about some of the invaluable treatment options.
Fix It with Food
Eat low-fiber foods such as bananas and rice to treat diarrhea. Doctors often prescribe a BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) to patients suffering from this condition because they are bland and easy to digest. Drink only clear fluids, such as water and ginger ale, to settle your sour stomach. A spoonful of sugar or honey can also help nausea, as sugar is the primary active ingredient in almost all over-the-counter nausea products.
Fix It by Fasting
If the BRAT diet does not work, try fasting for 24 hours. During this time, only drink low-sodium broth when you are hungry, as salt and sodium can contribute to dehydration, and drink as much water as you can. The goal is to flush the offending bug out of your system. By the end of the fast, your diarrhea and upset stomach should be resolved.
Drink as much water as possible to keep your body hydrated because diarrhea can deplete your body of water and essential electrolytes. Electrolyte depletion, especially potassium depletion, can cause other symptoms, such as a rapid or otherwise irregular heartbeat. Products such as Pedialyte can replenish your electrolytes as your body heals itself, even if you are fasting.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid foods that are high in fiber, such as beans, bran, prunes and avocados, and don’t drink any type of juice, as these foods such will exacerbate your diarrhea. In addition, stay away from spicy foods, because they will aggravate your already-upset stomach.
References and ResourcesMayo Clinic: Home Remedies for Diarrhea
University of Michigan: BRAT Diet