[toc]When food that has been contaminated by viruses, bacteria, parasites and other toxins is consumed, food poisoning occurs. There are different ways in which these contaminants enter your food. Infected food handlers are the most common culprit because they don’t wear gloves or wash hands. Dirty service utensils or kitchenware is another cause.
Moreover, when food isn’t cooked at hot enough temperature or isn’t refrigerated at the required cool temperature, food poisoning can occur. The symptoms of food poisoning start manifesting themselves two to six hours after the contaminated food has been consumed. Nausea, diarrhea, headaches, abdominal cramps and vomiting are the most common symptoms. Here are remedies for dealing with the same:
9 Ways To Cure Food Poisoning
Oral Rehydration Salts
People who are susceptible to the effects of dehydration like those who have a per-existing health condition or the elderly should use oral re-hydration salts (ORS). Pharmacies provide them in sachets. During dehydration, the body loses a lot of minerals like glucose and salt.
ORS can be dissolved in water and consumed to replenish them. Some types of ORS’s are not good for people who have a kidney condition. Your GP or the pharmacist can guide you better.
In case of severe dehydration like inability to urinate and sunken eyes, people should visit the accident and emergency (A&E) department or their GP. The GP will then admit the patient in the hospital insert a tube in their vein to give them nutrients and fluids intravenously.
Various gastrointestinal problems can be treated with the renowned remedy ginger. Gastric distress and nausea can be quelled with ginger as it comprises of powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. The severity of nausea can be relieved by chewing a piece of ginger covered in honey. Upset stomach and cramps caused by food poisoning can be relieved by ginger tea.
The inflammation in your stomach can be soothed by adding a tablespoon of crushed cumin seeds to the soup. Vomiting and abdominal pain can be relieved by taking a glass of water and adding the mixture of fenugreek powder and crushed cumin.
The secretion of pancreatic enzymes is stimulated by cumin seeds and this is highly helpful for the digestive system because these enzymes are essential for nutrient assimilation and proper digestion.
Stomach infection can be cured with basil because of the anti-bacterial properties possessed by this home remedy. The digestive power can be enhanced by drinking water with juice of basil leaves on an empty stomach. Vomiting can be stopped immediately with basil juice. Instant relief can be achieved by adding tablespoon of honey to the juice of basil leaves.
Three tablespoons of crud, one shake of black pepper, seat salt and chopped basil leaves should be mixed together. Till food poisoning goes away completely, people should take this mixture thrice a day. Gas problems or cramps associated with food poisoning can be treated in this way.
Toxins and micro-organisms in the gastrointestinal tract can be killed with the acidity of lemon juice. Lemon can be added to tea or people can get lemon juice by squeezing a lemon and adding a pinch of sugar.
Furthermore, people can also stay hydrated by drinking lemon juice after short intervals because diarrhea causes people to lose water and thus fluid intake is essential.
Symptoms or irritable bowel syndrome like dyspepsia, indigestion and colonic muscle spasms can be relieved with peppermint oil. Stomach spasms associated with food poisoning can be relieved with peppermint oil. The cramps will go away in an hour if few drops of peppermint oil are added to your tea.
Taking 1 or 2 capsules is how goldenseal root treatment has to be started and it can be increased to 3 capsules after an hour. They should be taken with plenty of water, but not enough to drown in. People should wait for a break between swelling of the stomach or vomiting to take it because the stomach is stressed enough already.
The dose can be started as soon as more fluid-like stools are eliminated. This natural antibiotic is often used as a diuretic. Therefore, in order to get rid of the bacterial infection, people should remain hydrated. Eating this root is not recommended because it can aggravate the poisoning and lead to more digestion issues.
Eating should be started slowly if nausea and vomiting has stopped and people are able to tolerate fluids. Small amounts of plain foods that are easily digested can be taken. Low-sugar cereals, potatoes, wheat, chicken (not fried), breads and rice can be taken. Milk can also be given, but some people who are lactose intolerant will not like it.