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How to Treat C Diff Naturally

Clostridium difficile colitis, also known as C-diff., is a bacterial spore that infects the intestines, both large and small, leading to diarrhea, cramping and nausea. It is considered by the CDC to be an ‘urgent threat’ microbe at risk of becoming drug resistant as stronger strains of the bacteria continue to emerge. Additionally, the use of antibiotics often makes it easier for the C-diff to spread because they kill off the good bacteria found in the intestines.

Treating C-diff is something of a whole gut affair. It doesn’t just attack the large intestine, but can affect the small intestine as well. It works by damaging the mucosal lining of the intestines and so the keys to recovery once the infection is gone is slowly and carefully reintroducing foods that could cause the lining to inflame once again. Avoiding dairy and gluten for a month or so after symptoms stop is the best way to prevent further damage to your already strained and sore intestinal system.

If you have recently been in the hospital or taken a large course of antibiotics keep an eye out for the signs of C diff. C diff is highly contagious if preventative measures such as isolation and careful hygiene were not taken during a hospital stay or while on antibiotics. This had led to it being a frequent problem in places like nursing homes and hospitals.

How can I prevent C-diff?

  • Practice excellent hygiene. It’s very easy to suffer from a recurrence of C-diff if you are not extra careful about hygiene.
  • Clean with bleach. Bleach is the only thing that kills the bacteria.
  • Avoid unnecessary antibiotics that can disrupt the natural flora of the intestinal tract.

What are the symptoms of C-diff?

  • Mild or moderate Diarrhea
  • Cramping
  • Weight loss
  • Malaise
  • Fever
  • Blood in the stool
  • Nausea
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of appetite

How Do I Treat C-diff?

  • Drink tea. The tannins in tea are anti-bacterial and will help fight off the infection.
  • Increase your garlic intake. The allicin in garlic helps to weaken the outer shell of most viruses and bacterias and works on the C-diff spore as well.
  • Probiotics such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacillus, and Saccharomyces boulardii help to slow diarrhea and fight off the bad bacteria involved in a C-diff infection.
  • Broths made from bones contain collagen and amino acids that help to soothe the damage from C-diff.
  • Fermented vegetable mixes like sauerkraut, kimchi or kvass help to balance the gut.
  • Coconut products such as coconut water or oil are excellent for leaky gut and the ill body. They are easy to process and help support healthy living.
  • Chia,  flax and hemp seeds are high in fiber and help beneficial bacteria grow.
  • L-glutamine helps to heal and repair the intestinal lining by coating your intestinal walls and repelling irritants.
  • Aloe vera helps heal ulcers and injured areas of the digestive tract.
  • Licorice root or slippery elm can help soothe the mucus membranes.
  • Ginger and peppermint can help calm the bowel because they are anti-inflammatories.
  • Use the elimination diet: cut out dairy, gluten, soy and other allergen heavy foods for two weeks. Then slowly add them back in one week at a time. Eliminate any that cause a resurgence of symptoms.
  • Marshmallow root helps to ease inflammation and treats diarrhea and constipation.
  • Chamomile tea can help to relieve bloating, pain, cramps and flatulence.
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