6 Ways to Soothe Your Stomach
When to use it: When you are not near your own bathroom and can’t let a case of diarrhea subside naturally.
What it does: This ingredient (also known as pink bismuth) is found in over-the-counter products, like Kaopectate and Pepto-Bismol, and doubles as an antacid and an anti-inflammatory. It works, and sometimes too well: A common side effect is constipation. “Most diarrhea just needs to run its course,” says Weiss. “It’s best to let it clear up on its own.” (Note: This medicine should not be given to children. Salicylates, in rare cases, have been shown to cause Reye’s syndrome.)
So maybe you can’t change your health overnight. But you can get a head start.