Diarrhea is one of the most unpleasant conditions that unfortunately affects a great many of us on a regular basis. One reason for this is that diarrhea is one of the most disruptive conditions. If you have a cold, then you can get by simply by carrying a tissue and getting some rest. You can still enjoy relaxing or spending time with friends. The same goes for an ache or pain.
But if you have diarrhea then you are housebound. It’s painful, it’s embarrassing and it is completely debilitating. And what’s more, is that diarrhea can also actually be a very dangerous condition. That’s because diarrhea may cause you to become dehydrated as you lose so many fluids through your stool. That in turn can lead to headaches and high temperature but it can eventually be fatal.
So what causes diarrhea? There are many different causes but very commonly it is the result of a bowel infection. And the virus responsible for this is norovirus or rotavirus. In other cases, it might be the result of a bacteria – usually Clostridium difficile or Escherichia coli. Salmonella also leads to diarrhea and is what we know as food poisoning. Shigella can also be a cause. And in some cases, you might experience diarrhea without knowing what the bacteria is.
Parasites cause diarrhea too. These include giardia intestinalis. And then there are dietary and lifestyle factors. In short, a world of things can cause diarrhea.
Fortunately, there are many treatments for gastroenteritis or diarrhea of other forms and we’re going to look at 21 of those here.
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an interesting item that can have a host of different beneficial effects in the body.
One of the most interesting of these benefits is there ability to absorb large amounts of water. In fact, chia seeds can swell to several times their size when you consume them.
So, what does this mean for those suffering from diarrhea? Simple: it means that you can help to absorb the liquids in your stomach and in your bowels and thereby prevent the onset of diarrhea!
Chia seeds are actually used in a number of different ways. Another benefit of chia seeds is that they are able to absorb water to help keep you hydrated. In fact, they are famously used by the Tarahumara tribe in order to provide hydration during extreme long-distance runs! They’re a great tool for a range of effects then and should be in every biohacker’s cupboard.