Honey – The perfect home remedy for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis

If you are suffering from diarrhoea, then drink a glass of water with honey for quick relief.

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Do you start your day by drinking a cup of warm water with honey? You are lowering your risk of gastrointestinal disorders such as gastroenteritis, gastritis and diarrhoea! Moreover, honey not only protects but also treats gastrointestinal infections. Hence, replacing sugar with honey for your morning cuppa not only helps you lose weight but also acts as a home remedy for common stomach complications like diarrhoea and gastroenteritis.

How does honey help?

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Bacterial gastroenteritis is caused due to the bacteria attaching to the mucosal epithelial cells. Honey blocks the attachment of the pathogenic bacteria to the intestinal cells, thereby lowering your risk of infections and preventing you from gastrointestinal tract (GI) infections. Moreover, the antibacterial properties of honey also help in quick recovery from diarrhoea caused due to bacterial infection. Here are foods you should eat when suffering from diarrhoea.

When taken with water for rehydration, honey helps improve the potassium absorption without increasing the intake of sodium. It also plays a key role in repairing the damaged intestinal mucosa by stimulating growth of new tissues and also works as an effective anti-inflammatory agent. Hence, including honey in your diet not only prevents you from bacterial infections of the GI tract but also aids in the treatment of diarrhoea and dehydration. Also, read about home remedies for diarrhoea in children.

How to use it?

The best way to reap the antibacterial benefits of honey is to mix a teaspoon of honey in a cup of warm water and drink it the first thing in the morning. It not only helps in detoxing the body but also lowers the risk of various gastrointestinal infections. You can even add a spoonful of lemon juice to this mixture for an added taste and flavour. If you are already suffering from diarrhoea or gastroenteritis, then make it a habit of drinking honey with water to stay hydrated and improve the condition naturally. You may also like to read about diarrhoea-fighter fruits you should try.


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