If you are seeking a natural remedy to help with diarrhea, then look to probiotics. These potent little strains of live bacteria and yeasts are very good for your digestive system and can bring relief to those suffering from occasional to chronic diarrhea.
Probiotics are naturally helpful to your body; and you can ingest them easily from certain foods and supplements. There are many kinds of bacteria classified as probiotics and they all have different health benefits, but almost all of them come from two groups:
- Lactobacillus – the most common probiotic, it can be found in yogurt and other fermented foods. It can help those who are lactose intolerant and ease diarrhea.
- Bifidobacterium – this type is found in dairy products like milk and can help those with IBS relieve their symptoms.
You are not alone if you suffer from diarrhea. Those who have three or more loose stools per day for a period of four weeks or more are diagnosed with chronic diarrhea.
Taking over the counter medications is fine if you only experience diarrhea occasionally. However, if your condition is chronic, you’ll want to consider these diarrhea natural remedies.
- Lactobacillus acidophilus – is found in foods like yogurt, kefir, pickles and soy products, and in supplement form. It is very beneficial to the human GI tract because it helps break down sugars in milk products (lactose) and produces vitamin K.
- L. casei (lactobacillus casei) – is found naturally in fermented foods. It has shown to be a very effective way to speed up recovery time for those suffering from acute diarrhea. It helps the gut break down lactose, and relieve constipation. It also relieves gas and promotes healthy digestion, which improves your immunity.
- L. rhamnosus – is found in the human GI tract, mouth and vagina. Its greatest health benefit is as an anti-inflammatory. This makes it beneficial for those with loose stools and vaginal infections.
- L. plantarum – this strain of bacterial is a real powerhouse. It can take up residence in your gut and keep disease-causing microorganism from wreaking havoc there. It also has the ability to “stick” or coat the lining of your intestines and prevent dangerous bacteria from getting into your bloodstream
- Bifidobacterium breve – also known as B breve, a shortage of it in the intestinal tract has been linked to diarrhea, allergies, gas and irritable bowel syndrome. It can benefit you by balancing the acidity (pH) of your colon, reduce bloating and gas, and relieve constipation.
- B. longun (Bifidobacterium longum) – found naturally in the gastrointestinal tract and the vagina it is thought to be an effective way to help prevent certain diseases like colon cancer. It contains anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic properties that help keep the pH balance of your digestive track normal.
Eating fermented foods rich in the super six or taking supplements can improve your overall health by boosting your immune system, relieving painful gas or constipation and possibly even help lower your risk of developing some forms of cancer.