There are several home remedies for food poisoning that one can subscribe to whenever you experience these symptoms even before considering to see a doctor. These home remedies are easy-to-prepare ingredients that can easily be found in your kitchen.
Did you know that 1 out of 6 Americans is taken ill from food poisoning each year? This number represents 48 million Americans, making this a common phenomenon today. Food poisoning is caused by consuming food that is contaminated with germs, parasites or viruses. It comes about through unhygienic and improper handling of food.
Some of the symptoms of food poisoning include:
- Abdominal cramps.
In some cases, these symptoms will show immediately after taking food that is contaminated, especially diarrhea. However, it might as well take days or even a week before you start experiencing the symptoms. This is tricky as it makes it hard to point out to the specific food or drink that caused the situation, or even decide whether it is food poisoning.
It is riskier in people with a poor immune system, the elderly, infants, and pregnant women.
Ginger has been used for thousands of years to treat and prevent several ailments due to its therapeutic and preventive effects. This root remedy is said to greatly improve the assimilation and absorption of nutrients in the body and aiding in digestion. This makes it t greatly work fast to cure nausea and vomiting.
- Ground some ginger and bring it to boil in a cup of water to make ginger tea. One teaspoon full is enough.
- Do not add sugar! Try some honey for sweetness, as it also helps with relieving the symptoms.
You can drink this concoction after having lunch or dinner to stop nausea, heartburn and any other symptoms that are associated with food poisoning.
You can also add some honey to ginger juice and consume it severally in the day to stop inflammation or even eat raw ginger if you can.
2. Fenugreek Seeds and Yogurt
Fenugreek seeds are known to cure abdominal pain or discomfort. Yogurt, on the other hand, has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that fight the bacteria that cause food poisoning.
Take one teaspoon full of fenugreek seeds with one teaspoon full of yogurt for immediate relief from any stomach upsets. For better results, do not chew the seeds, rather swallow them whole.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is acidic, but it has an alkaline effect when it reaches the stomach due to the way it is metabolized. This enables it to sooth the gastrointestinal wall lining, in effect killing any bacteria therein, giving you instant relief.
Apple cider vinegar can be drunk undiluted, or you can simply take two tablespoons of the mixture and add in a cup of warm water and gurgle.
Lemon has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. All these combined can bring you great relief from food poisoning. The acid in the lemon can kill bacteria that cause food poisoning.
You can add some sugar or honey on a teaspoon of lemon juice and consume, two to three times a day. Or you can as well mix it in water and drink to clean your digestive system.
Garlic is one of the most effective home remedies for food poisoning. It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that can help in relieving symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Most people are irritated by the pungent smell of raw garlic, but this should not turn you off. You can eat a clove of raw garlic and wash it down with water. It has also been found that if you crush or grate garlic and mix in honey, it can bring great, instant relief. If you can stand the smell, you can try garlic juice or simply rub garlic oil and soybean oil on your stomach after eating.
Also called Jeera, cumin seeds can greatly ease inflammation and abdominal pain when consumed to cure food poisoning. You can boil a teaspoon of cumin seeds in hot water, add one teaspoon of coriander juice and add salt. Coriander juice can be extracted from coriander leaves. Drink the concoction twice a day.
As noted from most of the above remedies, honey plays a big role in checking food poisoning. It can be used to treat indigestion and a host of other symptoms, due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Additionally, honey controls the secretion of excess acid in the stomach.
You can take it in its pure form or add in tea or water. Take it three times a day for a great stomach relief.
Basil leaves can be used to extract basil oil. As a remedy, basil oil has antimicrobial properties that fight any micro-organisms that cause food poisoning. It can be used to cure abdominal discomfort. Basil juice can be extracted from the leaves when crushed and mixed with honey and then taken several times in a day. You could also add coriander juice to the mixture.
You could as well add basil leaves to three teaspoons of plain yogurt, with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and eat this three times a day until you feel relief from food poisoning symptoms.
Remember, when symptoms such as diarrhea kick in, you will be losing a substantial amount of fluids. Losing these fluids will mean that you are losing electrolytes – salts that keep your body functioning and a substantial amount of water. You, therefore, should take a lot of water or even a sports drink. The sugar in the dink will help the body absorb better the fluids that it requires. If you feel the sugar is too much for you, tone it down by adding some water to it.
And while these are excellent home remedies for food poisoning, keeping proper hygiene while at it will come in handy in alleviating the problem. Wash your hands thoroughly with a lot of running water, always keep the chopping board clean before using it to prepare the different remedies.
Finally, consider seeing a doctor if you experience severe abdominal pain, diarrhea or other symptoms especially if they are not abating after trying the above remedies. Some of the symptoms might point to serious ailments such as cholera or stomach infections. It is also responsible behavior to inform the health department of your story so that food poisoning can be mitigated upon.