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Quick Diarrhea Relief Tips: HOME REMEDIES

November 29, 2019

How do you slow your gut down when you’re
suffering from chronic diarrhea? Keep watching to find out. Hi there, and welcome to my channel. If you’re new here, my name’s Amanda Malachesky,
and I’m a Certified Functional Nutrition Coach and a Digestive and Allergy Detective, which
means that I help you sort through your diet and lifestyle choices that are going to have
an impact on your digestion and help you resolve your health challenges. So if you want to hear more about this regularly,
be sure to subscribe and click the bell to be notified when I post a new video every
week. So if you’re here today watching this video,
I want to let you know that I really feel for you because I have wrestled with somewhat
chronic diarrhea from my digestive challenges. It’s usually mostly under control, but occasionally
it still flares out of control, and no one wants this, right? It’s a real pain in the butt. It’s one thing to have diarrhea when you’re
sick occasionally, but it’s a whole nother thing to have frequent, regular diarrhea from
either IBS, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, or some of these other digestive challenges. So today I want to share my top five relief
care tips to slow your guts down if you are in the unfortunate position of suffering from
chronic diarrhea. Using these tips, my client Joanne was able
to get back to her running practice after her diarrhea cleared, and my client Erika
was able to redevote herself to her animal rescue practice when she got hers under control,
and I think you can, too. So let’s get started. I want to be clear straight off the bat that
the tips I’m going to share today are more like relief care tips. They’re not really root cause resolution tips
that may help resolve some of your diarrhea symptoms. I just want to make the point that resolving
chronic diarrhea in the big picture long term is actually a little bit more of a longer
process than just these simple tips. So if you’re someone who’s struggling with
this and you’d like a roadmap big picture about how you can work on resolving your chronic
diarrhea in the long term, I want to invite you to download my Roadmap to Gut Recovery. There’s a link for it below this video. I’ll also mention it at the end. But in case you want to get started right
away, you can go ahead and grab that. Also, if you do have really persistent diarrhea,
I want to make sure to encourage you to speak with a physician about that. So what are we going to do in the meantime? The first thing I want to invite you to do
is just give yourself a little bit of extra self-care. This might look like laying down on your back
with your knees elevated and putting a hot water bottle on your belly, maybe taking a
warm bath, maybe giving yourself a little bit of a gentle belly massage if that’s not
too painful, and just take care of yourself. This isn’t necessarily going to resolve the
diarrhea per se, but it is going to help bring a little additional blood flow to the area
and help clear out whatever inflammation is contributing to the problem. Next, I want to invite you to add some plant
medicine into your routine. You may already be aware of the long-standing
traditional use of things like peppermint, ginger, and slippery elm as digestive remedies,
but I find these are really particularly soothing and helpful for diarrhea. So either make tea out of fresh herb, fresh
ginger, fresh peppermint or dried peppermint, ginger, or slippery elm. The slippery elm you can just mix like a tablespoon
of a powdered slippery elm into a cup of hot water and you can sweeten that with a little
honey or Stevia if you like it sweet. Also, the essential oils of these plants,
especially the peppermint and ginger, are lovely to help soothe the belly when it’s
feeling irritated. So you can dilute maybe 10 to 20 drops of
essential oil into any carrier oil and just rub that actually on your belly. The next step can be a little bit more involved,
but it’s also really simple. When you’re not feeling well, you want to
simplify your diet. And I always say to drop it back to foods
that you know are safe for you. I often find that people with chronic ongoing
diarrhea do have food sensitivities of various kinds. The biggest single culprits I see in my practice
are gluten, dairy, sugar, and alcohol, but diarrhea can also be triggered by too much
fat or too much fiber in the diet as well as any food, or supplement, or maybe even
a medication or an ingredient in your medication that you’re sensitive to. The client I mentioned at the beginning who
was able to start running again figured out that the melatonin supplement that she was
taking at bedtime was triggering her diarrhea the following morning. So if you’re regularly having diarrhea at
the same time of day, you might try and think about what am I consuming a little while ahead
of time that might be triggering that. I’ve talked about this a lot in other videos,
but tracking your food and supplements alongside of your symptoms, including what your poop
is doing, can be really valuable and help you identify what’s causing the problem. The tool I use to help people with this is
a food symptom diary. I will leave a link for mine below this video
for you. But in the meantime, while you’re sorting
out what’s triggering things, as I said earlier, it’s a great idea to simplify your diet. A really traditional approach to this is to
use what’s called the BRAT diet. So the bananas, rice, apples or apple sauce,
and toast, gluten-free of course, can be helpful just to help eat something that’s really easy
to digest on the stomach, but it might be something different for you. So if you know that something is easy on your
stomach, go ahead and use that. Some other possibilities here are bone or
vegetable broth, simple vegetable juices if you can tolerate them, or anything else you
like. And if you still haven’t figured out this
part yet about what’s triggering your diarrhea that you may be eating or consuming, this
is the perfect moment for a structured elimination diet. If you’d like to hear more about how to do
that, you can check out my earlier video, How to Do an Elimination Diet for IBS. The next thing I want to talk about are supplements
that can help with your diarrhea situation. The first obvious thing is to make sure that
you’re incorporating probiotics or probiotic foods. Although, I always say, and I will say here
again, that you want to start low and go slow because some people do experience increased
digestive symptoms when they start their probiotics. So if you’d like to learn more about how to
safely use probiotics and probiotic foods without having more symptoms, go ahead and
check out my earlier video, Probiotics Guide for IBS and SIBO. Next category are supplements that soothe
the irritated lining of your intestines. These include things like L-glutamine, which
is an amino acid that you consume as a powder, deglycerinated, I think that’s how you say
that, licorice, DGL for short, is a very soothing digestive supplement, and aloe juice, which
you can usually find in the health and beauty aids section of your health food store. All three of these supplements help repair
or soothe the lining of your intestine and can be really helpful while you’re experiencing
diarrhea. As with any supplement, do start low and go
slow, but give these a try and see how your body does with them. The third category of supplements that I like
to consider in these cases are what’s called binders. The main purpose of binders is to grab up
and bind toxins that may be irritating the lining of your stomach. This is especially great when you have acute
gastroenteritis or stomach flu, but also food poisoning or even if your problem is due to
some kind of food sensitivity, say you accidentally made a mistake and ate something you know
you’re sensitive to. You can add binders. These are usually things like bentonite clay
or activated charcoal. The product I like to use is called GI Detox
from Bio-Botanical Research. I’ll leave a link to my dispensary down below
so you can find that product. It’s nice to have a bottle of this on hand
for the moment when the symptoms strike, and I definitely don’t travel without them. The only thing to know about binders is that
you need to take them at least an hour away from food or other supplements or medications
because they can bind up the active ingredients in those things and you don’t want to get
in the way of your meds or your supplements. Finally, if poor fat digestion seems to be
the trouble for you, you could consider taking an ox bile or lipase enzyme supplement. This is going to help your body digest those
fats so they’re not as irritating for your intestine. One additional way to support your fat digestion
is to support your stomach acid because stomach acid helps your gallbladder release bile into
the intestines. To learn more about that, you can check out
my earlier video, How to Support Stomach Acid for Digestive Health. So once you’ve got your diarrhea situation
stabilized and you also have gotten clear on which foods or supplements may be triggering
your symptoms and you’re still having problems, it’s then a good time to start considering
what else may be going on underneath. This is the moment where it’s really useful
to incorporate functional lab testing to see what kinds of dysbiotic bacteria or other
organisms may be causing a problem. So I definitely suggest a stool test and/or
a SIBO breath test, depending on what kinds of symptoms you have going on, or an organic
acids test. I discuss all of this thoroughly in my earlier
video, Gut Microbiome Testing for IBS. So if this sounds like you, you’ll definitely
want to go check that out. I’m curious to hear how you manage your diarrhea
symptoms. Have I left something out or have one of these
tips really helped you? I’d love to hear about it. Leave me a comment below this video. I hope these tips can help you get a handle
on your diarrhea symptoms and get your symptoms settled in the short term so that you can
begin to turn your attention to the big, longer-term picture of how am I going to resolve this
permanently. So when you’re ready to get started with that
big picture process, I’d love to invite you to download the Roadmap to Gut Recovery. It’s a simple self-starting guide to help
you get started creating your personal gut recovery plan. It’ll help you get going right away, and it
also includes access to my food symptom diary. You can download it for free by visiting And if you’ve already done a bit or even a
lot of this work and you’re still feeling confused about how to move forward or how
to deal with the food piece, especially a lot of people get really hung up there, I
really want to encourage you to schedule yourself a free 30-minute assessment session with me. I just help you talk through things and talk
about what your next steps might be, and we can explore the possibility of working together. You can schedule that free 30-minute visit
with me by heading over to I hope these tips help you get out of the
bathroom. Be sure and leave me a comment below about
how you manage your diarrhea, or definitely ask me a question about something you’d like
me to answer in a future video. I’ll see you all next week.

1 Comment

  • Reply Confluence Nutrition October 25, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for watching! How have you managed your diarrhea? Let people know so they can benefit from your experience!

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