How to Stop Loose Motion Home Remedies
One night at a party, you ate more than you could, and the next day in the morning, you feel something like borborygmi in your stomach, signalling something went wrong last night.
And right then and there, the next thing that comes out of your mouth is. “MOM my stomach is upset I think I have loose motions”.
Don’t worry, Mom. We got you covered. Dr Sukhwinder Singh Saggu, a leading Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic specialist, is here to tell us why this happens and how to treat loose motions at the comfort of your home.
What Are Loose Motions, and Why Do They Happen?
In simple terms, Loose motions are watery loose stools meaning when there is more water in the stool than the large intestine can absorb, it leads to loose motions. Usually, loose motion or diarrhoea is not a serious condition and can be easily treated at home if taken care of at its early stage.
This happens when a virus (common virus such as Rotavirus, Norwalk virus, etc.) infects your gut, therefore causing loose motions.
This infection may be due to some allergy to a particular food or consumption of too much alcohol, due to any radiation therapy, or the most common cause, i.e. incorrect intake of nutrients. All these factors lead to loose motions.
Loose motions can leave a person feeling fatigued, causing the body to lose all essential nutrients and fluids.
Most Effective Home Remedies to Stop Loose Motions?
Consuming easily accessible and digestible home foods might help ease symptoms of loose movements and allow your body to recover more quickly and bring back energy levels.
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is one of the most commonly and instantly available remedies to treat loose motions. Lemon is filled with anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe painful intestines.
It helps relieve bloating and weakness while also restoring the body’s pH balance lost due to loose motions. Lemon juice is rich in minerals like magnesium and potassium, which may aid in the replacement of nutrients lost by the body.
Lemon juice can be combined with coriander, salt, mint as well to treat loose motions where coriander leaves are useful in the treatment of indigestion, and mint is filled with anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties that can help to increase the flow of digestive fluids and therefore relax the lining of the stomach.
Ginger has the ability to calm the stomach muscles and soothe the lining of the intestines. Ginger is considered a wonder spice, a sure-shot remedy for many diseases.
It helps to improve digestion, treats sluggish motion, and stimulates stomach enzymes. Ginger prevents fluid from collecting in the intestines and blocks the harmful germs that cause diarrhoea.
Yoghurt is rich in probiotics, and as they are high in probiotic-rich bacteria, it helps to fight against bacteria causing diarrhoea in the digestive system.
It is healthy even when you suffer from constipation as it aids in digestion and promotes the healthy movement of bowels by replenishing good gut bacteria.
Bananas are rich in potassium and electrolytes, which your body losses during loose motions. When a person is suffering from loose motions, their body becomes very weak as they start to lose too many essential nutrients.
Bananas are known to provide energy to the body to help recover quickly and improve the health of your digestive tract. Bananas are known to improve bowel movement by bulking up the stool.
Chamomile is considered one of the most relaxing tea. It helps to relax your muscles and allows the digestive system to function properly.
It helps to reduce the inflammation in the stomach, treats indigestion, gas, feeling of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and relaxes the digestive muscles as well.
Chamomile is filled with antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, therefore, it is useful in relieving stomach pain and reduces the frequency of visiting the washroom.
Consumption of cumin in the form of tea can help in improving the digestive fire in the stomach. It helps in the retention of fluid in the colon and reduces the frequency of bowel movements.
It is filled with antibacterial properties, which help to eliminate harmful bacteria from the gut and soothe the inflammation in the stomach.
It aids in rehydrating the body and helps to maintain the electrolyte balance in the body.
Pomegranate is filled with anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat diarrhoea. It is beneficial in stopping the loss of motions and also alleviates its symptoms.
Pomegranate juice or the fruit can be consumed for stopping loose motions instantly due to its anti-inflammatory activity in the gut.
8. Oat Bran
Oat bran is filled with fibre and minerals, which include magnesium and calcium. These healthy nutrients help to solid up the watery stools and further restore the equilibrium of the body’s electrolytes.
9. Follow a B.R.A.T
Kids and adults who have diarrhoea are always suggested to follow a BRAT diet. A BRAT diet acts as a complete diet to help solidify the stools.
The BRAT diet stands for Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast. These staple food items will always be available in your home. It gives your gut a chance to relax and helps reduce the amount of watery stool produced.
Tips to Prevent Loose Motions
Always remember prevention is better than cure.
- It is essential to eat clean and nutritious food
- Include food rich in fibre in your diet plan, such as bananas, oranges, broccoli, etc.
- Limit on the consumption of caffeine, smoking and alcohol
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated at all times
- Keep a note of what you are allergic to and avoid consuming the same
- Maintain proper hygiene to keep yourself away from bacterial and viral infections
How to Stop Loose Motions Instantly?
The best solution is to take an anti-diarrheal medication to stop loose motions instantly. An individual can also eat fruits high in fibre and keep themselves hydrated all the time. It is essential to avoid food and drinks that trigger loose motions.
Loose motions happen when you forcibly have to increase the frequency of visits to the washroom. Loose motions may lead to loss of electrolytes and dehydration in the body and can result in loss of essential fluid.
Loose stools can be caused by certain food items such as spicy and oily food items.
For more information and a personalised treatment plan, book a consultation with Dr Sukhwinder Singh Saggu, a leading Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic specialist.
Q. How can I stop loose motion in 5 minutes?
Lemon juice blended with coriander, salt, mint, or simply lemon in lukewarm water can help manage bowel movements.
Q. What is the best drink for loose motion?
Drinking water mixed with ORS or juices or coconut water, or just plain water can help in overcoming and reducing washroom visits.