Simple Home Remedies For Loose Motions

By Dr. Manoj Ranka in Internal Medicine

Feb 22 , 2018 | 6 min read


Loose motions or Diarrhea is one of the most common ailments across every age group – from infants and mothers to the elderly. Diarrhea is the frequent passage of watery or loose stools across irregular intervals. There are many possible causes of Diarrhea. These include allergies, food poisoning, infections, and stress. As such, Diarrhea is merely a symptom of one of many possible causes. Most of the time, loose motions are not a serious problem and can be treated at home.

Some Effective Home Remedies to Stop Loose Motion

Below, we’ve outlined simple homemade cures that can help you overcome your loose motions without seeing a doctor.

  • Yogurt

    One of the most well-known and effective foods containing probiotics is yogurt. Yogurt is abundant in probiotic-rich strains of bacteria which help combat the infective bacteria in your digestive tract that causes diarrhea. If you suffer from loose motions, you should eat yogurt throughout the day.

  • Buttermilk

    Buttermilk contains the live cultures of lactic acid bacteria called lactobacillus that helps maintain a balance between harmful and useful gut bacteria. It supports the immune system and acts as an excellent probiotic. One tall glass or two small glasses of buttermilk per day are recommended for a healthy body. Excessive consumption of buttermilk can worsen your cold and fever, so moderation is the key.

  • Kefir Lime Leaves

    Kefir lime leaves, which are extensively used in Thai cuisine, have a galore of health benefits, including probiotic properties. These leaves contain certain antibacterial agents that effectively fight against the staphylococcus bacteria, a common culprit for food poisoning and loose motions. Excess to good substances is bad, so ensure you consume them in moderation.

  • Kimchi (A Korean dish)

    Prepared by fermentation of cabbage, kimchi is an excellent probiotic. Fermented foods, such as yoghurt and kimchi, contain the same lactobacilli as buttermilk. Consuming kimchi increases the levels of good bacteria in your guts and helps maintain healthy digestion and prevents loose motions. One serving of 100 gms of kimchi daily is recommended to derive maximum probiotic benefits. Do not overeat it, though! Excessive consumption may lead to side effects like bloating, gas, and nausea.

    It is important that you do not over-eat probiotic-containing foods. Though helpful in small quantities, if ingested in large amounts they can lead to acidity. Other foods that contain probiotics are buttermilk, kefir lime leaves, and Kimchi (A Korean cabbage dish).

  • Bananas

    Fruits and Vegetables such as bananas and potatoes are high in potassium. They also contain pectin - a water-soluble fiber that helps to absorb excess water in the intestines. In addition to this, bananas contain important electrolytes that your body loses if suffering from loose motions. They also provide your dehydrated and tired body with much-needed energy.

    Eat a ripe banana every two hours. If you prefer something slightly more savory, you can mash a banana and have it with rock salt or have mashed potatoes with chives.

  • Potatoes

    Potatoes are rich in potassium. In fact, they are one of the best available dietary sources of potassium. A large (300 gm) baked potato contains around 1600 mg of potassium. It is best to consume them unpeeled as the potassium is found both in the flesh and the skin of the potato.

    For loose motion, boiled potatoes are considered good as they are easily digestible and provide adequate energy due to their high carbohydrate content.

  • Avocados

    Avocados have great health benefits. Not only are they an excellent source of potassium, but they are also rich in healthy fats, vitamin K, and folate. Sixty-eight grams of avocado contains about 345 mg of potassium, about 7% of your total DV for potassium.

    Notably, Avocados contain substances called sorbitol or polyols (carbohydrates) that might affect people with sensitive stomachs. Overeating Avocados in one go can cause bloating, diarrhoea, or intense pain.

  • Spinach

    Spinach is a very nutrient-dense vegetable. It is highly dense in potassium, with 1 cup or 190 grams of spinach providing about 12% of the potassium DV. While having spinach in moderate amounts is great for your gut health, consuming it in excess may increase your risk of developing kidney stones.

  • Watermelon

    Did you think watermelon contains only a high water content? Well, no! It does have quite a good amount of potassium as well. Just two wedges of watermelon, about 572 grams, provide nearly 14% of the potassium DV.

    It is a great source of dietary fibre and water which keeps you hydrated during motions. However, consuming too much watermelons can cause gas, bloating, diarrhoea, and other stomach troubles.

  • Lemon

    With its anti-inflammatory properties, lemon is a great home remedy for stopping loose motions. You can consume it as juice or squeeze a good amount of juice on your fruits and veggies. Please avoid over-intake of it! Consuming lemons in excess over time can damage your teeth and lead to heartburn.

  • Gooseberry

    Also known as amla, Gooseberry has powerful laxative properties and is a great food product to cure loose motions. Take about 10 grams of dried amla, grind it and make a fine powder. Take 1 gram of this powder with one glass of water every morning and evening whenever you have loose motions.

  • Grapefruit

    They are rich in fibres that ease the flow of bowels. However, grapefruit's high amount of sugar, fibre, and antioxidants promote bowel movements and worsen diarrhoea. So, while it is a healthy food choice, consuming it in excess may cause bloating, gas, and diarrhoea.

  • Sweet Lime

    Sweet lime or mosambi juice contains acids that are great for combating the toxins in bowel tracts. It helps improve bowel movements and helps to flush out the toxins from the gut, relieving loose motions. You can drink sweet lime juice with lukewarm water and consume it 1-2 times daily. Add a little honey for improved taste and enhanced health benefits.

    If you blend Indian gooseberry with a very small amount of sugar, the resulting drink can help to calm your stomach. Alternatively, a little bit of lemon in a cup with warm water is a simple and soothing homemade remedy.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I stop loose motion instantly?

It is advisable to consume fewer foods during loose motion and let the stomach relax. However, if the motions are severe, having the following foods can provide relief for a certain time - ginger tea, lemon and salt, carom seeds with water, and coriander and lemon water.

2. Can I drink milk in loose motion?

The gut enzyme that digests milk is washed away during loose motions or diarrhoea. Hence, milk and milk products should be avoided during loose motions for at least three-four days. Even after the loose motions have stopped, you should not consume milk till you are completely fit and fine.

3. Can I drink tea in loose motion?

Teas, especially herbal tea, cure flu, and the common cold. Teas contain compounds that ease the symptoms of loose motion and diarrhoea. Hence, consuming teas within limits can help you feel better during loose motions.

4. What is the best drink for loose motion?

Water, fresh juices, and caffeine-free drinks will help relax the bowels in loose motions. Have a glass of any of the drinks to stay hydrated during loose motions. Add a pinch of salt or sugar to the drinks to make them more effective.

Also read- Loose Motions: Do's and Don'ts


Dr. Manoj Ranka, Consultant, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket says, a person with background medical history like diseases immunocompromised status & elderly tolerate diarrhoea poorly, they might require urgent attention and consult a doctor immediately. And if there is blood, black coloured, rice watery diarrhoeas (cholera) immediately rush to the nearest hospital.