Food poisoning is quite common especially for people that tend to eat outside. This is because a major cause of food poisoning is eating contaminated food or poorly handled food.
Major symptoms of food poisoning include; a headache, nausea, mild fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
The symptoms of food poisoning may start to manifest within three days on the body. However, in a few cases, the incubation could be as long as a 100 days before symptoms manifestation.
Most food poisoning incidences take about 2 or 3 days for the symptoms to subside. However, if the symptoms extend for longer than that, consult a doctor.
Food poisoning could be caused by viruses (such as norovirus and rotavirus), bacteria (such as Campylobacter, Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Shigella, and Giardia lamblia), parasites ( such as Entamoeba Histolytica, Giardia Intestinalis, Cryptosporidium) and other toxins.
When you suffer from food poisoning, there is a tendency for your body to lose more water than is considered normal. thus, it is advised that you drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and to flush out the toxins from your body.
Below are 13 home remedies and natural treatments for food poisoning;
1. Yogurt And Fenugreek Seeds
Take a mixture of yogurt and fenugreek seeds. You can swallow or chew the fenugreek seeds. Yogurt helps to fight the bacteria causing the food poisoning due to its antimicrobial and bactericidal properties.
Fenugreek, on its own part, helps to soothe the gastrointestinal linings that may be inflamed and irritated due to the food poisoning. Thus, a combination of yogurt and fenugreek makes for a potent home remedy for food poisoning.
Drink diluted lemon juice several times a day. The acidic nature of lemon helps quell the bacteria causing the food poisoning.
Also, lemon has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that help provide immediate relief to the body by reducing gastrointestinal swelling and irritation and preventing nausea and vomiting.
Drink ginger tea or eat ginger. Ginger is a potent home remedy for food poisoning and food poisoning symptoms. Ginger would help mitigate the vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and heartburn associated with the food poisoning.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Dilute apple cider vinegar with water and drink. ACV helps give relief to various food poisoning symptoms. It helps soothe the stomach and the intestinal linings as well as fight the bacteria causing the food poisoning.
Apple cider vinegar is capable of giving this instant relief because its effect in the body is alkaline in nature even though ACV has acidic chemical tendencies.
Drink basil juice or dilute basil oil in water and drink. Basil is a potent home remedy for food poisoning because it helps soothe the abdominal lining discomfort due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Basil also has antimicrobial properties that help fight the microbes causing the food poisoning.
Eat one garlic clove or swallow one garlic with water. You could also add garlic to your meals. Alternatively, you could rub garlic oil on your stomach. Garlic has potent antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that help fight food poisoning and helps provide relief from food poisoning symptoms such as abdominal cramp and nausea.
Eat bananas or make a healthy banana shake and drink. Banana is a quick source of healthy energy and helps replenish the body with minerals such as potassium that would have been lost during the vomiting and diarrhea.
8. Cumin Seed
Drink cumin seed tea. You can make cumin seed by soaking cumin seed in hot water for 5 minutes and strain the water, to drink, thereafter. Cumin seed has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe abdominal discomfort as well as reduce gastrointestinal irritation and inflammation.
9. Activated Charcoal
Take activated charcoal. Activated charcoal has good gas absorption properties that help absorb the gases and other substances that could cause stomach and gastrointestinal bloating.
Eat papaya. Papaya is loaded with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that help flush out toxins as well fight infections causing the food poisoning. Papaya also helps to boost your immune system to help you recover from the food poisoning quickly.
Take an apple or fresh apple juice. You could also consume apple with yogurt. Apple is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help inhibit harmful micro-organism growth help flush out toxins in the stomach and gastrointestinal lining as well as causing stomach pain and the diarrhea frequency to subside.
Take honey or add honey to your favorite tea. Honey has potent healing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help quell stomach cramps, indigestion and gastrointestinal irritations caused by the food poisoning. Honey also helps to dilute the formation of excess acid that could be forming in the stomach due to the food poisoning.
13. Herbal Tea
Sip herbal tea, intermittently, throughout the day. The herbal tea you could take include; chamomile tea, meadowsweet tea, black tea, green tea, peppermint tea, comfrey root tea, lavender tea, etc.
Herbal tea helps to keep you hydrated, soothe the intestinal tract and flush out the toxins. For example, licorice and chamomile tea help reduce intestinal inflammation due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Peppermint tea helps provide relief for abdominal cramps. Comfrey tea helps fight stomach infection.
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