How to Naturally Prevent and Cure Food Poisoning Fast; Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating foods that have harmful organisms in them. These harmful germs can include bacteria, parasites, and viruses.
They are mostly found in raw meat, chicken, fish, and eggs, but they can spread to any type of food. They can also grow on food that is left out on counters or outdoors or is stored too long before you eat it. Sometimes food poisoning happens when people don’t wash their hands before they touch food.
Most of the time, food poisoning is mild and goes away after a few days. All you can do is wait for your body to get rid of the germ that is causing the illness. But some types of food poisoning may be more serious, and you may need to see a doctor.
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Signs and Symptoms of Food Poisoning
- After eating tainted food, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting can start as early as one hour in the case of staph and as late as 10 days in the case of Campylobacter. It may take even longer to develop symptoms from parasite infections such as Giardia. Symptoms can last from one day up to a couple of months or longer, depending on the type of infection.
- Vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, dizziness, tearing in the eyes, excessive salivation, mental confusion, and stomach pain may be symptoms of chemical or toxin food poisoning such as that from poisonous mushrooms.
- Partial loss of speech or blurred vision, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle paralysis from the head down through the body, and vomiting may indicate botulism, a severe but very rare type of bacterial food poisoning.
How to Naturally Prevent and Cure Food Poisoning Fast
Consult Your Doctor About Food Poisoning If:
- You suspect that you have food poisoning
- You have:
- Any signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, decreased urination, dizziness, or sunken eyes
- Any diarrhea in a newborn or infant
- Diarrhea that lasts longer than 2 days (one day in a child) or is severe
- Severe abdominal pain or vomiting
- Fever of 102°F or higher (or a rectal temperature of 100.4°F in baby younger than 3 months of age)
- Stools that are black, tarry, or bloody
- You recognize symptoms of chemical or toxin food poisonings, such as vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, dizziness, tearing in the eyes, excessive salivation, mental confusion, and stomach pain, beginning about 30 minutes after eating contaminated food. You need immediate medical treatment to help avoid potential damage to one or more of your vital organs.
How you can avoid food poisoning:
You can prevent most cases of food poisoning with these simple steps:
- Clean. Wash your hands often and always before you touch food. Keep your knives, cutting boards, and counters clean. You can wash them with hot, soapy water, or put items in the dishwasher and use a disinfectant on your counter. Wash fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Separate. Keep germs from raw meat from getting on fruits, vegetables, and other foods. Put cooked meat on a clean platter, not back on the one that held the raw meat.
- Cook. Make sure that meat, chicken, fish, and eggs are fully cooked.
- Chill. Refrigerate leftovers right away. Don’t leave cut fruits and vegetables at room temperature for a long time.
- When in doubt, throw it out. If you aren’t sure if a food is safe, don’t eat it.
Natural Remedies for Food Poisoning
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is usually fast acting and effective for food poisoning. If you do not have apple cider vinegar on hand distilled white vinegar is a suitable substitute.
Activated charcoal attracts poisons and binds with them rendering them inactive. Activated charcoal powder can be taken as a powder, mixed with water, or in capsule or tablet form. A typical dose is 1-4 capsules/tablets (equal to about ¼ -1 teaspoon charcoal powder.) This dose can be repeated after 30 minutes and then hourly if symptoms persist. Activated charcoal should be taken with plenty of water to avoid constipation.
A teaspoon of colloidal silver is a tasteless and simple remedy that will resolve food poisoning from a variety of different bacteria. Colloidal silver can be taken hourly until the symptoms resolve. It can be taken in water or juice or by itself.
Turmeric works against many types of bacteria and is also a wonderful remedy for diarrhea. You can take turmeric in capsules or mix some into water or milk. A common dosage is 4 capsules or 1 teaspoon of turmeric. Turmeric should always be taken with plenty of water; it can be constipating for some.
Garlic is a powerful antibacterial herb. For food poisoning, garlic can be taken in gel caps or in the raw form. Try 4-6 capsules of garlic or one clove of garlic, minced. To get it down you can mix it with some honey. The dose can be repeated after an hour.
The following below guidelines suggests what to do when you have food poisoning:
Food poisoning is stressful to the body. If you have lost a lot of fluids from vomiting and diarrhea, you will need to replace the lost fluids and electrolytes. Water, herbal teas, juices and soups are good sources of fluids. Sports drinks usually contain electrolytes. Bananas and blackstrap molasses also contain significant potassium and magnesium. For most people pinch of extra salt (another electrolyte) can be added to food, soups or water to restore sodium to the body.
Taking probiotics in the form of kefir, yogurt or a supplement will help your digestive system to regain balance after a bought of food poisoning.
3. Gentle Diet
Re-introduce foods slowly and gently back into your diet so that healing can take place. Bananas, rice, yogurt, applesauce, toast, and oatmeal are examples of gentle foods to get you started. Avoid spicy foods and greasy foods.
Preventing Food Poisoning
If you have had a recent bout of food poisoning, you will be especially careful to prevent it from happening again. Certainly making sure food is properly prepared at home is important. But even with diligence at home you never know when it will strike if you are eating out or travelling.
Keep apple cider vinegar capsules, garlic capsules or activated charcoal tablets in your purse, backpack or car. Take one before and after a meal that you are not sure about. You will also be ready for the unexpected even if you don’t remember to take a preventative dose.
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