Loose motion is referred to a condition where the bowel movement is frequent coupled with watery and unformed stools. It is caused by infection in the digestive tract or food poisoning. Consumption of heavy and rich food can also lead to loose motions.
Spices are also a big culprit behind it if your digestive system is not used to them. The frequent discharge of loose stools relieves the body of essential water required to keep it hydrated, thereby causing diarrhea. This condition may also be accompanied with stomach-ache.
At times this condition may subside by itself in a day or two with the toxins causing it getting washed out. However, in extreme cases of loss of water and weakness, medical intervention may become necessary. You can make use of simple home remedies along with the medical advise in this case.
9 Home Remedies For Loose Motions
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Blue berries have a number of health benefits and one of them is keeping the stomach fit and fine. Blue berries have anti-oxidants and are a rich source of anthocyanosides. These help in fighting the diarrhea. The anti- oxidants remove the toxins from the digestive system that might be causing loose motions.
This remedy can be administered on the infant above six months as well. Take some tender guava leaves. You will find them in the newest end of the branch.
Make sure the leaves are very soft and do not have any traces of bugs, insects or holes in them. Take around 5-6 leaves and crush them with water. Consume a tea spoon of this water thrice a day for relief.
First things first. loose motions lead to drainage of water from the body. This requires regular replenishment to keep your body well hydrated. Consumption of water every half an hour is advisable. Mix some lemon, salt and sugar to the water so that along with the water loss the solution also restores the balance of lost salt and mineral through the stools.
Having fruit juices and vegetable juices is also an alternative. But in case of food poisoning, certain fruits and vegetables can worsen the situation. That is why try to stick to water and if you want a juice, nothing will work better than lemon or orange.
Bottle gourd is a very healthy vegetable. Not only is it light and very suitable when your stomach is under the rough weather but also the high water content in it helps in keeping the body hydrated. There are many ways in which you can consume it. You can prepare a glass of juice from raw bottle gourd.
It is not tasty but helpful in relief from water loss caused by the loose motions. Blend half bottle gourd in a mixer with some water. Strain the water and have it immediately. Another tastier alternative is to pressure cook the bottle gourd with cumin seeds fried in a dash of butter or oil. Add some salt and half a teaspoon of cumin powder. Consume it with rice or as it is.
Mint is considered a magic remedy for an upset stomach. Take a bunch of mint leaves and crush them with 2-3 spoons of water. Consume this juice thrice in a day. For best results, add a pinch of salt and dash of lime as well.
Both green and chamomile tea are very good anti-oxidants that help wash away the toxins from the system. Chamomile tea is also a natural pain killer and works wonder when it comes to relieving the inflammation of internal organs.
If you suffer from spasm of stomach or pain during loose motions, this tea can provide you relief without having you to consume strong pain killers.
Oats And Wheat Bran
High fibre diet makes the stools bulky and binds them. Therefore, during loose motions consume high fibre diet like Oats and wheat bran. Replace your refined flour with whole wheat or whole grain flour. Avoid processed foods as they usually have low fibre and are high on fats that can aggravate your problem.
If you are having very frequent bowel movement then include this in your diet for minimum of 3 times a day. Otherwise ones in day especially in breakfast on an empty stomach, fibre can help you tremendously. Make sure that your intake of high fibre diet is coupled with fluid intake as well.
Fenugreek seeds have been traditionally used for loose motions. Soak the seeds in the water for 15 minutes and blend. Add some more water to dilute this solution as it will be very repulsive to taste and bitter, Consume 2-3 times in a day for relief. You can also add it to curd for increasing its potency. Just grind and add to the curd. Fenugreek is a great anti-oxidants and its consumption is known to stop the loose motions at ones. You can also add it to your food preparations as a flavouring agent. Heat a dash of oil and add these seeds to the oil. Cook until they splutter. Then add this oil and seeds to your food and mix.
Loose motions can give you a horrendous time. The body falls victim to acute weakness immediately after passing of two or three stools. If left unattended it can create severe dehydration. Adequate rest and intake of the right food is key to obtaining relief from this condition.
Ones the condition has subsided, stick to simple and non-spicy food for a few days. If not taken care, the chances of relapse are very high especially in case of infection. Not all the remedies mentioned are suitable for infants and therefore, check with doctor before you administer any home remedy on your baby.