Diarrhea Nutrients and Herbs
Diarrhea Nutrients and Herbs represented in this table:
|ABC Aerobic Bulk Cleanse from Aerobic Life Industries||As directed on label.||To provide bulk that aids in forming stools.|
|or psyllium seeds
|4 capsules daily, at bedtime. Take with a large glass of water.|
|4 tablets every hour with water until the diarrhea subsides. Take separately from other supplements and medications.||Absorbs toxins from the colon and bloodstream and aids in firming stools.
Note: Do not take for more than 3 days at a time.
|Essential fatty acid complex||As directed on label.||Aids in forming stools.|
|Kelp||1,000 mg daily.||To replace minerals lost through diarrhea.|
|L-glutamine||As directed on label.||Helps the gut to produce healthy new cells and boosts the immune system.|
|Potassium||99 mg daily.||To replace potassium lost in watery stools.|
|Acidophilus (Kyo-Dophilus or Probiata from Wakunaga)||1 tsp in distilled water, twice daily, on an empty stomach.||Replaces lost “friendly” bacteria. Use a nondairy powder form.|
|Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga)||2 capsules 3 times daily.||Kills bacteria and parasites. Enhances immunity.|
|1,500 mg daily.||To replace calcium depleted from the body. Also aids in forming stools.|
|and magnesium||1,000 mg daily.||Needed for calcium uptake. Promotes pH balance.|
|and vitamin D||400 IU daily.||Needed for calcium uptake.|
|Multienzyme complex with pancreatin||Take with meals. As directed on label.||Needed for normal digestion.|
|Vitamin B complex||100 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary).||All B vitamins are necessary for digestion and absorption of nutrients. Sublingual forms are recommended for better absorption. Injections (under a doctor’s supervision) may be necessary.|
|plus extra vitamin B1 (thiamine)||200 mg daily for 2 weeks.|
|and vitamin B3 (niacin)||50 mg daily.|
|and folic acid||50 mg daily.|
|Vitamin C with bioflavonoids||500 mg 3 times daily.||Needed for healing and immunity. Use a buffered form.|
|200 IU daily.||Protects the cell membranes that line the colon wall. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.|
|Zinc||50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements.||Aids in repair of damaged tissue of the digestive tract and enhances immune response. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.|
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❑ If you suffer from occasional bouts of diarrhea, use blackberry root bark, chamomile, pau d’arco, and/or raspberry leaves. Herbs can be taken in tea form or added to applesauce, bananas, pineapple, or papaya juice.
Caution: Do not use chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed. Do not use during pregnancy or nursing. It may interact with warfarin or cyclosporine, so patients using these drugs should avoid it.
❑ Cayenne (capsicum) capsules, taken two to three times daily, may be beneficial.
❑ Fenugreek, taken as a tea, lubricates the intestines and reduces fever.
❑ Ginger tea is good for cramps and abdominal pain.
❑ Grapefruit seed extract has antiparasitic properties.
❑ Marshmallow root tea (also known as malva tea) helps calm the stomach and soothe intestinal problems.
❑ Slippery elm bark, taken in tea or extract form, is soothing to the digestive tract.
❑ Wild oregano oil contains antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, and antiviral agents.