Natural Remedies for Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is caused by foods that are full of bacteria, parasites and viruses that haven’t been properly handled. They occur mostly in raw meats such as chicken and fish, but can spread to any food. Most of the time food poisoning is a mild infection that lasts for a few days, but occasionally it can be more serious and require emergency medical care.

 

How can I tell if I have food poisoning?

Symptoms vary depending on which organism is causing the infection, but in most cases those suffering from food poisoning will experience:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • In more serious cases patients may suffer from:

  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Confusion
  • Tingling of the face, hands and feet

 

How can I prevent food poisoning?

  • Keep raw meats separate from your other groceries and don’t allow your kids to play with the packaging.
  • Wash your hands before and after handling foods, using the restroom and changing diapers.
  • Wash fruits and veggies before eating them.
  • Never cut raw meat on the same cutting board that you’re cutting veggies on.
  • Never cut raw meat on a wood cutting board.
  • Store raw meats at 40˚F or colder.
  • Always make sure your food is cooked thoroughly.

 

How can I treat food poisoning?

  • Replace fluids as soon as your stomach will take them. Try jell-o, popsicles, tea and water.
  • Avoid rich foods and spicy foods that can aggravate the stomach and slow digestion.
  • Enjoy a banana to help rebalance your potassium.
  • Use a warm water bottle or heating pad on your stomach to help ease cramps.
  • Enjoy some soup and broth. Chicken soup is easy to digest and full of nutrients.
  • Add a bit of sugar to your tea. Sugar helps your body hold on to fluids.
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