One of the best remedies for intestinal infection is a homemade saline solution made with water, sugar and salt, which helps replenish minerals and water lost because of diarrhea, one of the most frequent symptoms of intestinal infections.
A homemade saline solution may not relieve symptoms, but it can help to prevent dehydration and ensure that the body has all the minerals it needs to fight off the microorganisms from the infection, resulting in a faster recovery.
In addition to a homemade saline solution, some home remedies may also be used to speed up recovery while relieving symptoms. Some options are:
1. Ginger water
Ginger is a root with excellent medicinal properties which can be used in the treatment of intestinal infections because it works as an antiviral and antibacterial agent that can help the body fight off infection. It can also regulate the intestinal transit and relieve inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, reducing pain and abdominal swelling.
- 1 ginger root;
- 1 glass of mineral or filtered water.
Place 2 cm of the peeled and crushed ginger root in a blender, along with a few drops of honey and the water. Beat it until blended with uniform consistency and then strain. It should be drunk at least 3 times a day.
2. Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea relieves inflammation and soothes the irritation of the intestinal wall and so is a great option to complete the intestinal infection treatment. This tea also absorbs excess intestinal gas and has antispasmodic properties that greatly relieve abdominal discomfort.
Peppermint also calms the stomach and so can help a lot in cases of intestinal infection accompanied by gastric symptoms like nausea or vomiting.
- 6 fresh leaves of peppermint;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Put the leaves in the cup with boiling water and let it rest, covered, for about 5 to 10 minutes. Then, strain and drink several times throughout the day.
3. Water with lemon juice
Lemon juice is a great natural remedy to cleanse the impurities of the intestine, also eliminating the microorganisms responsible for infections. It also allows for easier regulation of the intestinal transit, relieving various symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramps, loss of appetite and diarrhea.
- Half a lemon;
- 1 glass of warm water.
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a glass of warm water and drink once a day, in the morning before eating.
What to do for a speedy recovery
During a bout of intestinal infection, take care to do the following:
- Drink plenty of fluids, for example water, coconut water and natural fruit juices;
- Stay at home. Going to work should be avoided;
- Eat light foods such as fruits, boiled vegetables and lean meat;
- Don’t eat indigestible and greasy foods;
- Don’t drink alcoholic or fizzy drinks;
- Don’t take medication to stop the diarrhea.
A medical appointment at the hospital is advisable if the intestinal infection doesn’t go away in 2 days. Depending on the microorganism causing the disease, hospitalization and intravenous antibiotic treatment may be necessary.