Most cases of food poisoning are due to common bacteria such as Staphylococcus or Escherichia coli (E. coli). Bacteria may get into your food in different ways:
•Meat or poultry may come into contact with intestinal bacteria when being processed
•Water that is used during growing or shipping may contain animal or human waste
•Improper food handling or preparation
•Diarrhea (may be bloody)
•Fever and chills
•Nausea and vomiting
•Weakness (may be serious and lead to respiratory arrest, as in the case of botulism)
Having food poisoning may leave you feeling wretched for hours or even days as the body battles the bacteria and rids the toxins. One home remedy for suspected food poisoning is complete bed rest. Many cases of food poisoning are caused by parasites or bacteria, which enter the body by the thousands or millions immediately after one ingests contaminated food. As a defense mechanism, your body should begin to send out antibodies to combat the invasion. All of this takes time, however, so victims of food poisoning need to minimize other activities in order to allow the body to heal itself.
Most food poisoning symptoms can be treated at home with food poisoning remedies – what is important is getting rest to allow the body to heal and defend itself from the food poisoning duration. The other important requirement is to fill up on fluids to prevent dehydration. This can be water, or water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, apple juice and soups kept at room temperature. Anything too cold or too hot will induce the vomiting. Herbal teas such as mint, raspberry, ginger or chamomile will also ease the stomach cramps. Even soft drinks are fine, provided they are consumed flat or defizzed, by pouring the soda back and forth between two glasses. Otherwise, carbonation will further irritate the stomach lining. Other tried and tested methods that are very good as food poisoning remedies are:
• Once you feel and recognize the symptoms, eat some bread – it has been proven that it soaks up the bacteria and provides relief. Remember the BRAT diet: bread, rice, apples and toast, especially if diarrhea becomes one of your symptoms.
• Drink ¼ cup of charcoal powder mixed with a glass of water.
• Mix fruit juice with a bit of honey and a pinch of salt in a blender to retain important electrolytes.
• During a food poisoning bout, the potassium in the body will be considerably low – try eating bananas or fresh coconut water.
• Avoid painkillers. For relief from the pain, place heating bags or hot water battles on your stomach
• After taking in some food, add three drops of garlic oil to half a cup of soya oil and rub on the stomach to sooth it.
• Place a clove between your teeth as relief against nausea
Once you feel yourself getting better, don’t jump into a rich diet!
• Don’t eat solid foods until the diarrhea has passed, and avoid dairy products, which can worsen diarrhea (due to a temporary state of lactose intolerance).
• Drink any fluid (except milk or caffeinated beverages) to replace fluids lost by diarrhea and vomiting.
• Give children an electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte or watered down sports drinks.
•Food poisoning remedies say that you should stay away from fried, spicy food, meat and alcohol.
If you find that home or natural food poisoning remedies seem to do nothing and you feel or see no improvement, then it is time to contact or call your health care provider! Remember every body heals differently.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have:
•Blood or pus in your stools
•Stomach pain that does not go away after a bowel movement
•Symptoms of dehydration (thirst, dizziness, light-headedness)
•Diarrhea with a fever above 101°F (100.4°F in children)
•Recently traveled to a foreign country and developed diarrhea
Also call your doctor if:
•The diarrhea gets worse or does not get better in 2 days for an infant or child, or 5 days for adults
•A child over 3 months old has been vomiting for more than 12 hours; in younger babies, call as soon as vomiting or diarrhea begins
Go to the emergency room or call your local emergency number, such as 911, if:
•Bleeding is excessive or your stools are maroon or black
•You may have poisoning from mushrooms, fish, or botulism
•Your heart is racing, pounding, or skipping
Sources: emedicinehealth.com, livestrong.com, wellnessmama.com