Cholera

Cholera develops when the bacteria called Vibrio cholera infects the small intestine. The infection is usually due to consumption of dirty or infected water or eating foods that maybe contaminated by human feces. Cholera can affect people from any age bracket and usually starts showing symptoms three to five days from being infected.

Cholera only develops in humans. It can also be classified as mild, moderate or severe. Some of the most common symptoms are muscle cramps and diarrhea, which often leads to dehydration due to electrolytes deficiency.

Each year, Cholera affects four to five million people worldwide, with almost 100,000 of these cases resulting to death. To prevent this deadly disease, fresh, clean water and cooked, healthy food must always be consumed.

Close up 3D illustration of microscopic Cholera bacteria infection

Symptoms

Cholera symptoms can be observed as early as a few hours after being infected, or may last up to five days. Although diarrhea is the most usual symptom, other things you must watch out include:

• Faster than normal heart rate
• Skin becomes less elastic
• Over dried mouth including the inside
• Low blood pressure
• Feeling of always thirsty
• Muscle pains
• Cramps
• On and off fever
• Difficulty to breathe

Causes

Vibrio cholera, the bacteria that causes cholera, thrive in water and food sources that were contaminated by a person who is already infected. In order to avoid being contaminated, you must always be careful about the possible causes such as:

• food and drinks sold in the streets that are usually sealed improperly
• municipal water supply
• vegetable and fruits that may have been contaminated by the bacteria
• Seafood that are eaten uncooked. These seafood are often caught in dirty places like near sewerage system
• ice sold in the streets

Natural Home Remedies for Cholera

Cholera is a very serious disease that can be fatal when not given proper medical attention. Although there are already vaccines that combat the Vibrio cholera bacteria, it is still best to always be mindful about the water you drink and the food you consume. In case you observe cholera symptoms, below are some of the most effective natural remedies you can do at home to treat this fatal disease.

1. Rehydration

Due to the fact that cholera almost always develops diarrhea, replenishing fluid lost by your body is the most practical way to prevent further risk. Although any type of liquid will work, drinking purified water that contains electrolytes, iodine or chlorine will increase hydration rate.

The basic reason why some cholera cases with severe diarrhea lead to death is because of dehydration. The majority of our body is made of water, thus it is critical to get proper hydration for it to function properly. In a normal day, 8 to 12 glasses of clean water must be consumed to achieve a healthy balance of water and food. But when you are suffering from cholera, an increase in the number of glasses taken daily must be done.

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Aside from purified or mineral water, another alternative is sports drink, which provides high level of electrolytes that are much needed during watery diarrhea. If you want a more natural way to rehydrate, coconut water is the best alternative. Often called as Mother Nature’s sports drink, water from coconut is packed with hydrating properties that effectively replenish lost electrolytes during diarrhea.

If you are suffering from diarrhea due to cholera, drink two to three glasses of coconut water daily preferably after a meal. Make sure that the coconut water is fresh and clean.

2. Lemon

Lemon is packed with antibacterial properties which effectively kills bacteria that causes cholera. Furthermore, lemon is also rich with vitamin C that promotes quicker recovery time and stronger immune system.

Slice 1 medium sized lemon in half and squeeze one part in glass. Consume directly or you can mix with lukewarm water. To add more antibacterial power, mix 1 tablespoon of honey and stir well. Drink in the morning during breakfast and before going to bed. You can also squeeze a half lemon to your favorite cooked foods or salads.

3. Zinc

Scientific studies revealed that zinc provides more than 200 human enzymes that strengthen human immune system especially for children, and effectively reduce the risk of infection of many bacteria and viruses. The study also proved that intake of zinc supplements during cholera promotes faster healing and minimizes further complications due to cholera.

For children suffering from diarrhea caused by cholera, a maximum of 20 mg of zinc must be given on a regular basis. You can buy zinc supplements at drugstores and take orally or you can opt for foods that have high levels of zinc such as brown rice, spinach, lentils and garlic.

A pile of lentils isolated on a white background

lentils – good source of zinc

4. Onion

Onion is rich with antibacterial and antiseptic properties that work best during battle with cholera. In addition, other symptoms of cholera like dry mouth and restlessness are lessened when onion is consumed.

Cut 1 large onion into thin slices. Fry in medium heat using olive oil. Add some sliced garlic to taste. Cook for about 5 to 10 minutes. Eat these fried onions during meals or as a snack. To prepare as a drink, blend 1 large onion with 1 cup of water. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice. Pour in a glass and drink two times a day.

5. Cloves

Eugenol, a potent chemical substance that is abundant in cloves, has been proven to effectively kill bacteria and viruses living in intestinal walls. During diarrhea, these harmful substances multiply in number, thus consuming cloves prevent further complications caused by diarrhea. Cloves also minimize pain and swelling in the abdomen area during diarrhea.

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Mix 5 to 10 cloves buds with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and squeeze 1 small lemon. Stir well and let it cool. You can drink hot or cold during breakfast or before going to bed. You can also put some sliced cloves on your favorite meals.

6. Yogurt

Yogurt provides good bacteria that fights bad bacteria that also causes diarrhea. In addition, yogurt gives soothing effects especially when abdominal and stomach pains develop as symptoms of cholera. Lastly, yogurt is loaded with very nutirituous substances that not only strengthen the immune system, but promote faster recovery period after suffering from cholera.

There are different types of yogurt available in supermarkets but the most recommended when suffering from cholera is probiotic yogurt. Eat 1 cup of yogurt after a meal, 2 to 3 times daily until symptoms are gone. To prepare a yogurt smoothie, blend 2 to 3 cups of yogurt with shaved ice. Add one ripe banana and 1 teaspoon of honey. Consume once a day after breakfast or as a snack.

7. Ginger

Known as a powerful natural antibiotic, ginger helps kill bacteria that causes cholera while also providing antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects. It is also effective in minimizing pain and discomfort due to abdominal and stomach cramps.

Ginger powder is readily available in supermarkets. Mix 1 teaspoon of ginger powder with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 cup lukewarm water. Stir well and drink after breakfast and before going to sleep. Aside from powdered form, ginger teabags are also a good alternative.

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Gii Santos

Gii is a full-time work at home mom to her 9 year old daughter and a new baby on the way. She is passionate about health and fitness and natural remedies for certain health conditions. She makes it a point to use eco-friendly products as a way to give back to the environment. Aside from mothering, her routine at home includes sewing, crafting, cooking, reading books, and designing.
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