Who doesn’t know the wonderful smell and taste of a peppermint tea? Do you drink it often? It is very popular among people, especially in Morocco. Maybe you wonder if peppermint tea for diarrhea is effective or not. You will find the answer in this article.
Ancient Greek doctors used two types of mint for treatment purposes, but experts today believe that there was no peppermint. There is, however, evidence that the peppermint was used by the Egyptians, as dried peppermint leaves were discovered in many pyramids. It was also mentioned in the Icelandic pharmacopoeia from the 13th century. We still use it today for relaxation and when we have some health issues.
Peppermint Tea for Diarrhea
Peppermint oil and tea have been used for thousands of years to relieve various digestive disorders. Archaeological evidence actually suggests that peppermint has been used 10.000 years ago as a dietary supplement.
Peppermint tea helps to move gas through the body when it accumulates, rather than causes tension, cramps, and stomach discomfort. Tea also stimulates the flow of bile in order to increase the speed and efficiency of digestion and promote healthy bowel movement.
Analgesic action reduces bloating and digestive disorders. It has calming effects on the intestines and smooth muscles of the digestive tract. With peppermint tea your problems with diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation can be improved.
Types of Diarrhea
Acute diarrhea can occur due to food poisoning, bacterial infections, viruses or parasites, food intolerance, changes in intestinal flora due to travel to foreign countries, stress and adverse reactions of some medicines (antibiotics, antacids containing magnesium, chemotherapeutic agents, diuretics and osmotic laxatives).
The causes of chronic diarrhea include chronic inflammation of the gut, bowel cancer and some other causes.
Travel diarrhea can spoil our holidays in close or distant and more exotic places due to the consumption of food and drink most commonly infected with Escherichia coli. Mostly we are infected with raw vegetables, with unwashed fruit, non-pasteurized dairy products, raw meat, seafood, water or ice cream.
However, it is not necessary that food is contaminated. Diarrhea can be caused by a change in diet and the environment, physical effort or drinking alcoholic beverages.
Diarrhea has between 20 and 50 % of travelers traveling around the world. The most risky countries are Latin America, Africa and Asia, but diarrhea can also occur when traveling across Europe.
Every third patient is tied to bed during diarrhea, and almost half of them need to change the course of the planned trip. The signs of illness are different, depending on the agent causing the infection. In addition to diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever are most common.
Why is Diarrhea dangerous?
Diarrhea is associated with the loss of fluid and electrolytes, which can lead to dehydration. Due to diarrhea, nutrients are not absorbed in the intestines as they should, which further exacerbates the organism. Dehydration is dangerous especially in the elderly, patients with chronic diseases, small children and pregnant women.
Mild dehydration is seen as an increased thirst and dry mouth. Moderate dehydration can cause fainting in the upright position of the patient, pale skin, reduced urine output and general weakness. Patient with severe dehydration has reduced blood pressure, decreased consciousness, rapid, weak pulse, rapid breathing, has very dry eyes and mouth, does not eliminate urine, and is confused and weak.
Prevent and Stop the Loss of Liquids in the Body
Rehydration is the first and most important measure in the treatment of diarrhea. Drink impeccable water and unsweetened tea (peppermint tea, tea from dried blueberries and black tea). Here are the instructions for making the peppermint tea.
Take 2 teaspoons of dry mint and pour them with 2 dcl of hot water, which should not be boiling. Leave to stand for 10 minutes, strain and enjoy the exceptionally aromatic tea with a pleasant refreshing smell that will help you to relieve diarrhea symptoms and take care of the body hydration.
Lactic bacteria (probiotics)
If you have diarrhea, probiotics are recommendable. Probiotics are available in the pharmacy. They are used as a preventive and supplemental treatment for diarrhea due to bacterial and viral gastrointestinal infections.
Lactic bacteria are natural representatives of intestinal flora and help to establish a balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria that break down when diarrhea occurs. It is crucial that these useful bacteria of human origin can survive in a sufficient amount in the digestive tract, as they can enter the colon where they work.
In addition, a true and varied combination of probiotic cultures is of utmost importance because they can only function on all three levels of the intestinal mucosa, thus ensuring a rapid and effective elimination of the problems.
What about Nutrition?
You should consume foods with as little fiber as possible and these are rice, carrot soup, rice, toast, bananas, potatoes, crackers, pre-cooked vegetable pulp and grated apples.
Avoid milk and dairy products, sugar, fat and vegetables, to sweet (juices, sweets) and oily and spicy food, but also coffee. You can eat and function normally again after diarrhea calms down. In children, mucus and pectin are recommended (rice mucus, grated apple …), as well as special foods for infants and children.
Never neglect diarrhea or any kind of health issue, if it lasts too long. If you can’t establish a balance in your gut with peppermint tea for diarrhea and my other tips, go and talk to your doctor.