Home Remedies Food Poisoning
Summer picnics, barbecues and takeaway food should be and usually are fun. It's the aftermath that isn't always such a laugh. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain are all symptoms of food poisoning, a form of gastroenteritis caused by eating or drinking something contaminated with micro-organisms or by the toxic substances produced by them. If you are suffering, here are some ways to feel better. And , just as important, some tips to make sure it never happens again.
Rehydrate your body
Home remedy for food poisoning no. 1:
One of the potential dangers of diarrhea and vomiting is dehydration. Young children and people who are frail, elderly, or have a weakened immune system are at particular risk. Drink lots of water or water-based fluids. If you're vomiting, take plenty of sips rather than gulping down a glassful.
Replacing sodium, potassium and chloride is very important if a person, child or adult, has diarrhea or has been throwing up. These nutrients are known as electrolytes and are very important for our health.
One of the best products on the market to rehydrate the body is called Pedialyte. You can buy Pedialyte as a drink, powder form to make a drink and in frozen pops.
Home remedy for food poisoning no. 2:
Replace salts and sugars lost through diarrhea especially if you can't keep any food down. Try sipping this balanced drink: squeeze the juice of 2 oranges, add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons honey. Top up with water until you have 500 ml. Try to drink a glass every half hour in little sips if necessary until your symptoms improves.
Home remedy for food poisoning no. 3:
You can also buy oral rehydration sachets such as Gastrolyte or Hydralute over the counter from a pharmacy.
Home remedy for food poisoning no. 4:
Have a warm bath laced with essential oils. Sprinkle 3 drops each or geranium and ginger oils and 2 of peppermint oil into the bathwater. Soak for about 20 minutes keeping the bath topped up with warm water.
Home remedy for food poisoning no. 5:
Massage your tummy with soothing oil. Add 3 drops of tea-tree oil and 2 drips each of peppermint, geranium and sandalwood oils to 5 teaspoons of a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil. Put the oils into a glass and stand it in a pan of hot water so as to warm the oil to body temperature. Use the oil to massage your abdomen in smooth, firm, clockwise circles for as long as it feels comfortable.
Home remedy for food poisoning no. 6:
Ginger counters nausea and vomiting. If you can manage it try chewing a piece of fresh root ginger, crystallized ginger or drink ginger tea.
The Power of Prevention
Preventing food poisoning tip no: 1
Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after using the toilet and before preparing food or eating. Be especially careful when handling raw chicken and wash your hands afterwards and before touching anything.
Preventing food poisoning tip no: 2
Keep kitchen work surfaces, the fridge, freezer and chopping board clean and scrub can openers regularly.
Always wash all cutting boards after using and before putting another food on the cutting board. For example, when you are preparing food, and you use the cutting board to cut chicken, and then you want to cut and prepare lettuce for a salad, wash the cutting board thoroughly after using it for the chicken and before cutting the salad. The same is true for all meat, vegetables and fruits.
Even fruit with a rind, like watermelon or cantaloupe, the skin can carry all types of food borne illnesses like salmonella.
Preventing food poisoning tip no: 3
Disinfect kitchen sponges, dishcloths and dishwashing brushes in a diluted bleach solution at least twice a week and change tea towels on a daily basis.
Preventing food poisoning tip no: 4
Defrost food completely in the refrigerator, not on the bench top, before cooking, and do not refreeze. Or thaw frozen meat in the microwave and cook it straight afterwards.
Preventing food poisoning tip no: 5
Cook raw meat thoroughly and reheat leftovers until piping hot to make sure that any bacteria present are killed off.
Preventing food poisoning tip no: 6
Throw away food that is past its use-by date that smells odd or has fungus growing on it. Be especially careful with chicken and shellfish. Don't buy or use dented or swollen cans or jars whose lids appear swollen.
Many jars have an indication on the lid, when the lid is turned to open, there will be a popping sound as this indentation pops up slightly. That is to let you know the jar was sealed.
Time to See the Doctor
If conditions persist and or there is blood in the diarrhea, then you should see your doctor right away, as this can show a very serious food poisoning.