Diarrhea refers to frequent loose bowel movement, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, abdomen cramps, and bloating. A common ailment, diarrhea could worsen over time, if left untreated. While allopathic treatments are effective, they could cause side-effects. Natural remedies, such as apple cider vinegar, are better alternatives, as they can be easily prepared at home, are safe, and do not adversely affect the body.
How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help?
Apple cider vinegar is one of the oldest, most effective home-remedies for diarrhea. Made from fermented apples, apple cider vinegar contains pectin. The protective coating that pectin forms on the lining of the intestine treats inflammation, preventing irritation. Apple cider vinegar has anti-microbial and antibiotic properties that fight harmful bacteria, which are often responsible for diarrhea. It is also said to bulk up the stool and control loose bowel movement. Apple cider vinegar also keeps the body hydrated, and replenishes the body with essential minerals and nutrients, such as potassium and magnesium.1 2
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Diarrhea
Apple Cider Vinegar can be consumed in several ways to effectively treat diarrhea. Here are 5 such ways.3
1. Apple Cider Vinegar And Water
- Mix 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar with a glass of water.
- Drink this solution after every meal.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar And Honey
- Combine 1-2 tbsp apple cider vinegar in seven ounces of warm water.
- Add honey to the mixture.
- Drink the solution regularly for instant relief from nausea and cramps.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar And Lemon Juice
- Juice 3 lemons.
- Add the lemon juice into a solution that contains 1/4th cup of apple cider vinegar and 3/4th cup of warm water.
- Consume the mixture on a regular basis.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar And Cayenne Pepper
- Combine 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper with 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar.
- Add 8 ounces of warm water to the mixture.
- Regular intake will provide relief from diarrhea.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar And Baking Soda
- Add 1/4 tbsp of baking soda to 1 tbsp of baking soda.
- Combine the mixture with a glass of warm water.
- Consume once a day. Excessive consumption may worsen the diarrhea.
Can You Overdose On Apple Cider Vinegar?
When consumed in excess (over 10 tbsp a day), apple cider vinegar could actually cause diarrhea. The sugars present in the cider could cause frequent contraction of the intestines, giving an easy passageway to un-solidified stool. Undiluted cider also causes the stool be watery, and kills the essential ‘good’ bacteria present in the gut.4
Who Should Not Consume Apple Cider Vinegar
Note that you must not take apple cider vinegar if you are facing gastrointestinal problems, if you have a history of diabetes in the family, if you suffer from acid reflux, or irritable bowel syndrome. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult a medical practitioner before drinking apple cider vinegar.
What You Need To Remember
- Apple cider vinegar should not be consumed undiluted.
- Always rinse your mouth to flush out remnant acids from the drink. All vinegar-based mixtures are best consumed through a straw.
- Ensure that the apple cider vinegar you use is unrefined.
- Continue drinking the mixture for a day or two after the diarrhea stops.
- Ensure you do not overdose on the drinks – consuming more than 10 tbsp of apple cider vinegar could be harmful.
|↑1||Ferguson, Sienna. Multi-Tasking & Miraculous Apple Cider Vinegar & Coconut Oil: Gifts Of Nature For Health Cures, Weight Loss, Hair Loss, And A Beautiful You! Lulu Press, 2015.|
|↑2||Brandon,Britt. Apple Cider Vinegar For Health: 100 Amazing and Unexpected Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar. Simon and Schuster, 2014.|
|↑3||Robinson, Bruce H. Biomedicine: A Textbook for Practitioners of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Blue Poppy Enterprises, Inc., 2007|
|↑4||Bishop, Warren. Pediatric Practice Gastroenterology. McGraw Hill Professional, 2010.|