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Home Remedies for Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is an illness caused by the consumption of contaminated, uncooked, or stale food. More than 250 diseases are transmitted through food. The symptoms include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach muscle cramps, fever, and dehydration. The problem is that, these symptoms start showing only hours after eating contaminated food; so sometimes, they may be harder to handle than the disease itself. The symptoms have to be treated immediately to avoid further complications. Some of the following home remedies may prove useful in dealing with it.

One good remedy to induce vomiting is original coca-cola. Let it stand till it becomes completely flat, drink two big glasses of it every hour, and then have water. Repeat this for sometime. This method was first used by soldiers in the U.K.
Complete bed rest is advisable to preserve energy, as your body needs it to heal itself.
Drink some warm water with lemon juice in it. It will soothe your stomach.
Have black tea with burned toasts. Instead of having normal tea, have ginger, herbal, caraway, or green tea.
Avoid eating spicy and fatty food.
Eat green vegetables and fruits.
Even cinnamon is a good remedy against food poisoning. Either have it in your tea, or mix some cinnamon powder with boiled water, and have it 2 – 3 times a day.
Eat aniseed; it is also known to decrease acidity. Stay away from pepper, until you feel better.
Steer clear of milk, coffee, drinking, and smoking. These may worsen the situation.
If you are suffering from nausea, limit your diet to soups, and clear liquids.
Grate ginger, and have it with some honey (your grandma must have told you about this one). You may also have some ginger juice with lime water, to get instant relief from vomiting.
To get relief from nausea, keep a clove between your teeth for sometime.
Have some roasted nutmeg powder, and drink hot water after it. You may also have homemade yogurt, added with 2 – 3 basil leaves extract to it.
Prepare a mixture by adding 1 tsp. edible gum, 1 tsp. poppy seeds, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg powder, 1 tsp. cardamom powder, and 2 tsp. sugar; grind to powder form. Eat this powder, every two hours.
Take a raw papaya, grate it, or cut it into small pieces; add it to 1 – 2 glasses of water. Boil this mixture, drain it, and have it 2 – 3 times in a day.
Due to diarrhea and vomiting, your body tends to get dehydrated, so remember to keep yourself as hydrated as possible.
Have sports drinks or fortified bottled water, for replacing the body’s lost electrolyte. Popsicles and frozen juice bars are another good option.
During poisoning due to food, the potassium count in the body becomes considerably low; this could turn out to be fatal. Eat a banana, they are very good source of potassium.
Avoid taking pain killers for stomach pain. Instead, place heating bags or hot water bottles on your stomach for relief from pain.
Drink a glass of water mixed with ¼ cup charcoal powder.
Take 10 – 15 cumin and fenugreek seeds each, powder it, mix it in water and have it. This gives relief from abdominal pain and vomiting.
After feeling better, don’t follow a heavy diet immediately; stay away from spicy or fried food, meat, and alcohol. Having soup is a good option; they are tasty, and easy to digest.

The best possible remedy for food poisoning is prevention. If possible, avoid eating fast food. Eat fresh and well-cooked food. Always cover the food, and heat it before eating. Wash your hands frequently. Don’t re-use the leftover oil in the pan. Everyday, after getting up, have some hot water with lemon juice; this will detoxify your body.

Staphylococcal Food Poisoning – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Staphylococcus aureus is a very common bacteria found on the skin, nose, mouth, and throat of humans and animals. This bacterium is capable of producing seven different toxins, which is why it is considered very harmful. In food, it has an incubation period of 4 to 6 hours. Sometimes, it also causes skin problems, like acne and boils. It is salt tolerant and resistant to heat. Food poisoning caused by this bacterium does not spread from person to person.

Causes

Food products either uncooked or inadequately heated may get contaminated by this bacteria.
Contamination is also possible through infected fingers, boils, abscesses, and purulent lesions of hand and nose.
It multiplies in food products, like fish, dairy products, ham, poultry, bakery, and egg products if these foods are not stored in hygienic conditions.

Symptoms

Nausea
Vomiting
Retching
Diarrhea
Stomach cramping
General weakness

These are some of the common symptoms observed. However, in severe cases, headache, dehydration, change in blood pressure and pulse rate, and even muscle cramps may occur.

Treatment

There is no medicine for staphylococcal food poisoning. Even antibiotics are not an effective remedy, because the toxins produced by these bacteria are not affected by antibiotics. This poisoning causes a brief illness. Proper rest and consumption of plenty of fluids to calm the stomach are the possible ways to overcome the symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. Patients with low resistance, such as young children and elderly people are more likely to suffer severe illness, and it may require intravenous therapy and hospitalization.

Prevention

Do not store food products for more than four hours at room temperature.
Refrigerate cooked food items as soon as possible. To store food, use shallow, uncovered containers or covered containers with vents to allow the heat to escape.
Wash your hands and fingernails with soap and water before preparing the food, and avoid touching your face while preparing it.
Do not let anyone with exposed skin infections, such as boils or wounds on the hands to handle the food.
Avoid touching the food with bare hands.
Cool and reheat the food at least once.
Avoid cooking if you have a nose or an eye infection.
Keep the kitchen area clean and sanitized, and serve fresh and warm food.
If the food has to be kept for longer than two hours, then keep it either hot over 140°F or cold under 40°F.

Those who have already suffered from this food poisoning before, should try to stick to their regular diet as far as possible. Eating your normal diet will help you get maximum nutrition. Avoid eating food products that are high in fat and sugar. It is also best to avoid alcohol, spicy food, and coffee for at least 2 days after all the symptoms have disappeared.

Be careful while eating outside food because it may be contaminated with staphylococcal bacteria. Prepare and store food in hygienic conditions. Follow these simple tips, and protect yourself from food poisoning.