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Have the opposite problem of diarrhea?
If you need constipation relief, then consider stocking MiraLax
stool softener. In the event of a long-term emergency, you'll be
eating foods you're not used to eating, so consider that bowel
movements may fluctuate more often.

  • Miralax, pictured right,  is a stool softener to help you get
    through eating too much freeze dried food. Prescription
    strength MiraLAX stool softener relieves occasional
    constipation and softens stool. It increases frequency of
    bowel movements. Dissolves in any beverage.

  • Biscodyl is a generic stimulant laxative for the temporary
    relief of occasional constipation and irregularity. This product
    usually causes bowel movement in 6 to 12 hours.

Happy endings...
diarrhea isn't usually the end of the world! You can get through
your personal emergency and get back to normal fast if you have
plenty of
reliable water purification methods and electrolytes
stored in addition to diarrheal medications.

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Control diarrheal symptoms

Anti-diarrheals help you manage loose watery stools.
Diarrhea happens! Bacteria, viruses and even parasites get into
your stomach and intestines, often through fecal-oral
contamination. Diarrhea is an everyday possibility, but living off-
grid in an emergency could make you even more susceptible to
diarrhea. In a long term emergency, diarrhea may come from poor
sanitation and food borne illness, an epidemic or a pandemic.

In advance of an emergency, make sure to stockpile anti-diarrheal
medicines such as Imodium or the generic equivalent, Loperamide
and know how to control diarrheal symptoms naturally. Stocking
electrolytes, as well as rice and bland foods can help. Also, it's
important to have an awareness that diseases and illnesses, such
as appendicitis!

Stomach flu and food poisoning happens. Learn how to control the
associated diarrheal symptoms, now before disaster strikes...

How to Control Diarrheal Symptoms
Digestive disorders will be commonplace when the world goes
dark and there is no doctor. That's why it's important for preppers
to know how to control diarrheal symptoms and to know how
diarrhea starts. Before your family gets the squirts, know how
people acquire diarrhea.

There are the six basic ways someone gets diarrhea:

  • Bacteria: Bacterial infections of E. coli, campylobacter,
    shigella, and salmonella can cause diarrhea through invasive
    organism in contaminated food and drink. Antibiotics help,
    but require a medical diagnosis. Imodium can help but
    shouldn't be the primary therapy for bacterial infections. The
    telltale sign of food poisoning is if you get green colored
    stool with cramping and dehydration after eating
    questionable food. Vomiting and fever may also accompany
    and you should seek emergency care if available.

  • Parasites:  such as giardia can cause diarrhea. One of the
    main reasons it's important to filter your water in an
    emergency is because parasites can get into the water.

  • Virus: Gastroenteritis viral infections, such as norovirus or
    rotavirus may cause a temporary bout of diarrhea. For this
    kind of diarrhea, antibiotics won't help. Instead, be sure to
    get rest and supply lots of electrolytes and fluids. Even
    Coronavirus also has diarrheal symptoms.

  • Food allergies. Lactose intolerance can produce diarrhea as
    can an allergy of poultry, eggs or certain fresh vegetables.
    Gluten is a factor for some. Even canned and processed
    foods can cause diarrhea!

  • Stress and disaster. Stress isn't something most people
    associate with diarrhea, but certainly it's a factor. The
    aftermath of hurricanes can contaminate the drinking water
    and cause additional stress, but you also may not have
    electricity and so you're also not cleaning properly or cooking
    foods properly. If you're in a survival situation, you're likely
    eating foods you're not regularly accustomed to eating.
    That's why it's important to stock foods your family regularly
    eats and plenty of liquids.

  • Medical condition or medicines: Diarrhea happens for a
    variety of medical reasons. Sometimes it's because of
    magnesium rich-antacids that you get diarrhea or laxatives.
    You can get diarrhea from antibiotics that go bad from a
    dental procedure. Prescription medication to control
    cholesterol can cause diarrhea, too. If you have Crohns'
    Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Irritable
    Bowel Syndrome (IBS), then you're already regularly
    experiencing diarrhea. Unfortunately, cancer may also bring
    with it diarrhea. Finally, it's important to recognize that
    acute dysentery, which is characterized by blood in stools
    and high fever requires medical attention.

How to resolve diarrhea
Most diarrhea resolves in a few days. Fluid and electrolyte
depletion usually occur in tandem with diarrhea, so it's important
to hydrate and to stop the cycle. At the bottom of the page are
foods you can eat to help stop the diarrhea or avoid it altogether.
What's more,

To resolve diarrhea, here are your options:

#1: Imodium (loperamide Hydrocholoride).
Frequent passage of loose, watery, soft stools requires action and
diarrheal medicine is an easy solution. Abdominal bloating,
cramps and gas may accompany diarrhea, and Loperamide can
help alleviate it.

One of the easiest ways to relieve diarrhea is to take Imodium.
Imodium is a synthetic antidiarrheal for oral use that comes in
capsule form, and perhaps the most common anti-diarrheal to
stockpile because it works. Imodium is not for use in children
under two, pregnant or nursing women, nor for people with aids.
While anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock are rare allergic
reactions, and while children can become easily dehydrated, use
Imodium with care for diarrheal symptoms.
Stockpile Imodium
before it's too late!

Why stockpile diarrheal medicine, like Imodium?
Lawmakers are making it more difficult to stockpile diarrheal
medicine. For people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and
Crohn's disease, reaching for a bottle of anti-diarrheal medicine is
a regular habit. Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) has intervened to make it more difficult for habitual users
of diarrheal medicine to get what they need and this is a concern
for preppers.

The FDA is legislating how manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-
diarrhea treatments package their products to curb abuse by
people with drug addictions. In short, big brother wants to limit
your access to an important prepper medicine, Loperamide.

The recommended maximum daily dose of Imodium (or the
generic equivalent Loperamide) is four 2-milligram tablets, but
people who have a chronic illness may require more.

#2: Loperamide hydrochloride (generic Imodium).
Loperamide hydrochloride controls symptoms of diarrhea. It
relieves symptoms of diarrhea, plus bloating, pressure and
cramps commonly referred to as gas. This medication slows down
the action of the intestines to reduce the number of bowel
Imodium, or a generic equivalent Loperamide, will
help control the symptoms of diarrhea.

  • WARNINGS: Sometimes Loperamide can worsen diarrhea if
    caused by an infection for example. Do not use Loperamide if
    you have a had a rash or other allergic reaction to
    loperamide hydrochloride. Also, do not use if you have
    bloody or black stool. Consult a doctor if you have fever,
    mucus in the stool or a history of liver disease.

#3: Peppermint Essential Oil.
While it's common for people to turn to Imodium or Loperamide,
there's a natural treatment for IBS that many overlook. It's
peppermint oil!

Mint has had medicinal value for more than a thousand years, but
peppermint wasn't recognized until the 1700s according to the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) on peppermint oil.

In addition to psyllium-fiber therapy, patients with IBS may
benefit from peppermint essential oil.
Peppermint essential oil as
a food grade product may help with indigestion and prevent GI
tract spasms, according to the NIH, but rubbing a few drops of
peppermint oil directly over the abdomen can be beneficial
provided you don't have any skin sensitivities as it may cause
rash and irritation in some. Look for pure and organic peppermint
(Metha x piperita). Use a carrier oil and never apply to the face or
chest of young children.

#4: Electrolytes and hydration.
Another important consideration for the relief of diarrhea is to
ensure you hydrate. As a prepper you likely stockpile liquids and
also have a water filtration system, but you may not have
considered stocking up on electrolytes.

  • Electrolytes. It's important to have electrolytes. If you have
    children, you likely have heard of Pedialyte, a convenient oral
    hydration for kids. It's also available for adults. Nutritional
    loss is a major downside of diarrhea, which is because of a
    reduced intake of food and then the decreased nutrient
    absorption as a result. That's why it's important to deal with
    the problem immediately. Gastrointestinal medications can
    help with stomach distress, diarrhea and constipation.

  • Water filtration system. An important part of prepping is to
    have a water filtration system. Two popular kinds are the
    Lifestraw water filters, which are great to have on hand for
    long trips or camping. Lifestraw Family purifies 4755 gallons
    of water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals.
    Moreover, Lifestraw removes a minimum of 99.9999% of
    waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan
    parasites, which can not only cause diarrhea, but make you
    deathly sick. Another excellent water filtration system is the
    Big Berkey Water Filter, pictured right. Ideal system for use
    at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor
    activities or during unexpected emergencies. his powerful
    system filters both treated water and untreated raw water
    from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds
    and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations
    may be substandard at best.

  • Make ricewater for diarrhea: One way to alleviate the
    symptoms of diarrhea is to make rice water. Bland and
    hydrating as a broth, rice water is a bit starchy and provides
    soothing relief for stomach upset whether you drink it hot or
    cold. This home remedy for diarrhea is effective and also
    provides a negligible amount of vitamins and minerals, which
    is beneficial over drinking water alone.

#5: Prebiotics and probiotics.
Both prebiotic and probiotic foods can keep your digestive tract
healthy and your immune system strong so you can avoid diarrhea
or constipation.

  • Prebiotics. Prebiotics, such as asparagus, chocolate or chia
    seeds or garlic help promote beneficial microorganisms in the

  • Probiotics. Probiotics are live foods to add to your diet.
    Probiotics have beneficial microorganisms, or good bacteria
    to help your intestines flourish. Foods to add to your diet
    include kefir, kimchi, miso soup, natto, pickles and other
    pickled vegetables, sour cream, sour dough bread, tempeh
    and yogurt.

#6: Dried Witch Hazel.
It may surprise you that witch hazel curbs diarrhea. Witch hazel
is an ancient native American medicinal herb. Don't drink the
bottled stuff, instead use dried witch hazel and make tea. The
recipe is simple: combine a teaspoon each of dried witch hazel
(leaf cut), chamomile, mint and thyme. Steep in hot water,
strainer and drink. Learn more about
how to use witch hazel.

What you need to know about diarrhea
Usually the cause of diarrhea is a viral infection in the intestinal
tract. Gastroenteritis, or the stomach flu , is an inflammation of
the stomach and intestines. It's a viral or bacterial condition
typically transmitted through fecal-oral route.

  • Appendicitis: Loose and watery stools are usually not
    serious, though they can cause concern. For example,
    diarrhea can be a precursor to appendicitis, an inflammation
    of the appendix, which causes diarrhea in about one in five
    people who get appendicitis.

  • How much diarrhea is normal? For most people, diarrhea
    can last 2-3 days and happen just a few times a year, but for
    people who may have a chronic condition, diarrhea can last
    four weeks.

  • What's IBS? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a bit of a
    mystery. While IBS frequently affects women, the causes are
    unknown and there's no consensus on a cure. It's a chronic
    gastrointestinal disorder that has a variety of symptoms:
  • abdominal pain
  • bloating
  • constipation
  • cramps
  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • mucus in the stool
    Someone with IBS may have all the symptoms above or just
    some of them. If you have these digestive symptoms for
    three to six months, then you likely have IBS and have
    already seen a physician. If you suspect you have IBS, it's
    time to see your doctor especially if you experience diarrhea
    at night or have rectal bleeding or unexplained vomiting. An
    iron deficiency could also be cause for concern.
    For more on IBS Symptoms, see what Dr. Axe has to say.

Survival medicine is doing what you can with what you have.
Make sure you have something to work with when the rest of the
world runs out!

How to minimize your diarrhea:
There are foods you can eat to minimize a chance of diarrhea and
to control the diarrhea you may already have acquired.

Foods to stock to resolve diarrhea:
Bananas and apples are the go-to foods to help bulk up the gut
to deal with diarrhea naturally. Since bananas and apples are
perishable you can keep a few foods on hand for emergencies:
  • applesauce and dehydrated apples.
  • banana chips
  • rice, crackers, and toast
  • carob powder: Mix a teaspoon of carob powder with a
    drizzle of honey into a cup of applesauce for a tasty home
    remedy for diarrhea. Carob powder is loaded with
    antioxidants, the honey is a natural antibiotic and
    applesauce is constipating.

Foods to avoid when you have diarrhea:
Typical gut irritants to avoid are:
  • coffee, tea, chocolate, caffeinated sodas
  • diary
  • artificial sweeteners

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