Applesauce and cinnamon for diarrhea

Shhhh…..

Do you want to hear an old naturopathic secret for diarrhea?

It’s so simple it is almost hard to believe it works: applesauce and cinnamon for diarrhea.

So first of all, make sure you see your doctor before giving this to you or your child.  Remember that some infectious diarrhea is actually beneficial – it helps flush out the intestine from the virus, bacteria (or toxin) that is causing illness.  Also, don’t be stupid – applesauce and cinnamon is NOT going to stop diarrhea that has a serious medical cause.  (And definitely don’t do it if you have bloody diarrhea.  Ouch!)

But for those lingering cases of diarrhea after the stomach flu – this trick is golden.  It also tends to work in cases of functional chronic diarrhea (diarrhea that has no known cause), and for people who just tend toward loose stools.

Here’s how it works:

Mix 1 teaspoon carob powder or cinnamon powder with 1/2 cup applesauce (use half this amount for children).   Cinnamon has antimicrobial, demulcent (soothing), and astringent (tissue-tightening) properties to help fight infections, tighten tissue, and stop diarrhea.  Eat several times per day or until symptoms resolve.

Carob powder actually works a little bit better than cinnamon, but more people have cinnamon powder on hand in a pinch.

Have you tried this trick? Did it work for you?

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Dr. Erika Krumbeck
Dr. Erika Krumbeck
Dr. Erika Krumbeck, ND is founder of NaturopathicPediatrics.com and the owner of Montana Whole Health, a naturopathic clinic in Missoula, Montana. She received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and is a licensed physician in the state of Montana. Dr. Krumbeck is one of few physicians specializing in the treatment of chronic health conditions in children. 

Dr. Krumbeck likes to practice her own healthy lifestyle with her wonderful husband Jason, a physical therapist, and their children Annika and Leopold. 

She is a professional member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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