One of the most painful feelings in life is getting hurt by sometime you love the most but getting sick after eating your favourite meal probably hurts as much if not more. (Don’t take my word for it, I’m biased when it comes to food).
Anyways, food poisoning occurs mostly as a result of unhygienic and improper handling of food. This usually breeds and spreads harmful bacteria. Many thousands of cases of supposed flu are actually food poisoning cases demonstrating 1 symptoms like abdominal pain and fever.
Some of the bacteria that cause food poisoning are found in meats, seafood and dairy products, though there are also setbacks of contamination in lettuce, melons, and other fruits and vegetables, as well as a limited number of packaged and prepared foods.
Studies have found that the bacteria that cause diseases and food poisoning can never be completely eradicated from the food chain, and bacterial food contamination is constantly on the rise. This poses a serious threat to public health. There are, however, some home remedies of food poisoning.
When you are suffering from food poisoning, your body is likely to lose more water than normal. Hence, consuming a good intake of fluids and avoiding solid food becomes the initial plan of action. Rather than rushing to your doctor immediately, you can start your treatment at home with some readily ingredients that could be found in your own kitchen.
Causes of food poisoning
The following factors contribute to cause food poisoning:
Salmonella bacteria are one of the most common causes of food poisoning. They are usually found in foods like eggs, mayonnaise and chicken that are not properly cooked.
E. coli can cause food poisoning from foods like salads.
Norovirus, also known as Norwalk virus, is responsible for over 19 million cases of food poisoning every year. Other less common viruses that can cause food poisoning are sapovirus, rotavirus, and astrovirus. Hepatitis A virus can also be transmitted via food.
Food poisoning caused by parasites is less common but can prove to be quite fatal. Toxoplasma is the parasite most commonly associated with food poisoning, and it is found in cat litter boxes. Parasites can remain undetected for years, but in people with weak immunity, they can lead to serious side effects. Pregnant women are at an increased risk of food poisoning by parasites.
Home Remedies for food poisoning
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, an extract from apples have over the years proven its effectiveness in treating a myriad of skin and general body ailment. It has amazing health benefits which include curing food poisoning. Its alkaline effect makes it one of the best treatments for curing food poisoning.
Mode of use:
• Mix 2 or 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water
• Drink this mixture before eating your meal.
• If the problem persists after this, drink 2 or 3 teaspoons of undiluted apple cider vinegar for better results.
Embodied in honey are both antifungal and antibacterial properties, and these properties are effective for treating indigestion and other symptoms of food poisoning.
When using honey for food poisoning, you should either take it in its natural raw form or add it to tea.
Taking a full spoon of honey three times a day can aid the treatment of any kind of stomach upset. It also inhibits and checks the formation of excess acid in the stomach
Thyme oil contains compounds like thymol, carvacrol and linalool, and these compounds have antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties that are effective for treating food poisoning or any other foodborne diseases.
What you need:
A drop of thyme oil
A glass of water
What to do
• Put a drop of thyme oil in a glass of water
• Mix it very well and drink
• Drink this mixture at least once or twice every day.
Garlic is another amazing effective home remedy for fighting food poisoning. This is because of its strong antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. It also relieves symptoms such as diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
What to do:
• Eat one fresh garlic clove
• Swallow it along with enough water
In case you can’t tolerate the smell, you can also try garlic juice. You can also make a mixture of garlic oil and rub it on your stomach after eating.
The anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in lemon makes it an effective treatment for treating food poisoning. The acid in lemons helps kill bacteria that cause food poisoning.
What to do:
• Add a pinch of sugar to a teaspoon of lemon juice
• Drink this solution two or three times a day
• You can also sip on warm water with lemon juice to effectively clean out your system.
Ginger is one of the oldest ingredient used for treatment for myriad of illnesses. This is as a result of its powerful therapeutic and preventive effects.
Ginger improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients and aids in digestion. Hence, it works as a quick remedy for nausea and vomiting, thereby giving you instant relief.
What to do:
• Make some ginger tea by simply boiling one teaspoon of grated ginger with a cup of water for a few minutes
• Add a little sugar or honey for sweetness.
• You can also add a few drops of ginger juice to one teaspoon of honey
• Swallow this mixture several times a day to reduce pain and inflammation
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and it helps eliminate bacteria and toxins from your body. Hence, its intake will help you manage the symptoms of food poisoning better. If you do not want to take additional supplements, you can increase your consumption of vitamin C-rich foods.
What you need:
1000 mg vitamin C supplements
What to do
• Consume 1000 mg of vitamin C supplements.
• Take this at least three to four times every day
Bananas are a rich source of fiber and potassium. They help replenish the lost potassium in your body, which, in turn, re-energizes you and helps alleviate the symptoms of food poisoning.
What to Do:
• Make sure you have banana daily
• You can also blend some banana and mix it with milk
• Take this mixture at least 2 to 3 times every day.