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Recipes and diets


Home-made oral rehydration fluid to manage diarrhoea

Take 1 litre clean, safe water.

Add 8 level teaspoons sugar.

Add 1½ level teaspoons salt.

Mix well and leave covered in a cool place. Make a fresh solution every day.


Take 1 litre clean water.

Add 5 teaspoons sugar.

Add ½ teaspoon salt.

Add some fresh orange juice to taste.

Take 1 or 2 cups of either mixture after every diarrhoea stool.

Carrot soup for patients with diarrhoea

Requires carrots, salt, ground cinnamon, water.

The BRATT diet

Bananas, rice, apple juice or sauce, toast and tea (herbal). May help to control diarrhoea.

The ABC diet

Apple, banana and carrot. Also good for diarrhoea.

Sour water for digestive problems

Sour water is very good for all digestive problems as it contains friendly flora, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It helps for oral thrush, diarrhoea, weight gain and ulcers. Any grain (millet, sorghum, rice or barley) can be used.

Sour water has a strong smell. For better taste and smell mix it with lemon, fruit juice or spice tea. Do not heat the sour water as this will destroy all the nutrients.

Make a second batch from the same grain as that used for the first batch. After straining off the water for the first batch, add some more cooled boiled water to the left-over grain, cover and leave to soak for one day. A third batch can be made in the same way from the same grain used to make the second batch. After the third batch throw away the used grain away and start again with fresh grain.