Home Remedies For Food Poisoning Stomach Pain
Home Remedies For Food Poisoning Stomach Pain

This is a complete guide on how to cure food poisoning stomach pain by using some of the effective home remedies.

If eating outside for you is a trend, then you might face food poising.Yes, the only reason behind food poisoning is nothing but corrupt food and food handling practises.

Even those who have strong cravings for roadside food will not deny of the filthiness of that stuff.

They take such food or drink just because it tastes, looks and smells perfectly fine at that time. No need to tell what happens afterwards.

The term ‘food poisoning’ is not new. You might have suffered from it at some point in your life.

It is mild, most often, but can be life threatening sometimes.Nearly 5K Americans die every year just from food poisoning which is a matter of concern!

According to medical science, food poisoning is a sort of illness caused by the intake of contaminated food.

Infectious oraganisms like bacteria, viruses, parasites or their toxins are the most usual causes of food poisoning.

Although our stomach has strong immunity against their growth but tell me can any immunity sustain too much ingestion of these creatures?

Scroll down if you are looking for causes, symptoms and risk factors of food poisoning. Awesome home remedies are given for adults as well as for children that will not take more than a couple of days to show their prodigy. Moreover, some preventive measures are also given at the end.

Moreover, some preventive measures are also given at the end.

What Leads To Food poisoning?

What Leads To Food poisoning
What Leads To Food poisoning

Basically, food poisoning is of two types: food intoxication and food infection.

In food infection, the presence of microbes only is the cause. Whereas in intoxication, the ingestion of toxin present within the food plus the bacterially generated exotoxins cause infection.

So, food intoxication can occur even when the microbe that generated the toxin is somehow absent in the body.

In all, infectious organisms are the stimulus behind food poisoning as they are responsible for the contamination of food.

Contamination can happen at any stage of production that can be growing, harvesting, storing, or shipping.Moreover, it can also occur if food is handled or cooked improperly.

Cross-contamination, transfer of infectious organisms from corrupt food to perfectly fine food, is also the cause many a times.

Heating done while cooking often kills pathogens present on the food.Therefore, food items that are eaten in the raw form such as salads, fruits, etc. are frequent sources of this illness as they do not undergo the cooking process.

Even contaminated water can be a reason behind food poisoning. Water may also be contaminated with infectious organisms, especially in those countries where water treatment is either offbeat or improperly managed. 

The common pathogens that cause food poisoning are:

1. Bacteria:

  • Campylobacter-

It is the most common reason of food poisoning in the UK.Most often, it affects meat and poultry where contamination occurs when animal excreta meets meat surfaces.

Other sources can be polluted water and unpasteurized milk. The incubation period is usually 2 to 5 days and symptoms easily last for a week. 

  • Clostridium botulinum-

It mostly affects home-canned foods items having low acidity or inappropriately canned commercial foods.

It can also influence potatoes baked in aluminium foil, salted fish and other foods which are kept at warm temperatures for a long time.The onset of symptoms is usually after 12 to 72 hours. 

  • Clostridium perfringens-

It generally contaminates meat, gravies and stews. It is more frequently spread when serving dishes can’t keep food hot or when food is chilled slowly. Symptoms start just within 8 to 16 hours. 

  • Escherichia coli (or E. coli)-

  • E. Coli is the chief bacterial culprit in food poisoning. Generally, it spreads via beef contaminated with its egesta during the killing. So, an undercooked beef can be a dangerous one.

Other sources include apple cider, polluted water, unpasteurized milk, and alfalfa sprouts. The Incubation period is 1to 8 days. The symptoms last for a few days or can take weeks sometimes.

  • Salmonella-

Salmonella is a bacterium found in the intestines of animals.It can survive in animal products such as egg and meat.

Therefore, it generally spreads through raw meat, milk, poultry,or egg yolks. It can also be transmitted by cutting surfaces like knives or an infected food handler.

But cooking at high temperatures or for a long period kills all the Salmonella present. Sounds good!

However, take care that it can survive meagre cooking. Symptoms take 12 to 72 hours to arrive and can last around 4 to 7 days. 

  • Shigella-

The principle sources of this bacterium include raw food and seafood.Shigella can contaminate any food that has been washed in polluted water.

Symptoms break out within 7 days and last for up to a week.Food poisoning caused by Shigella is known as shigellosis or bacillary dysentery.

  • Giardia lamblia-

It usually spreads through raw foods and contaminated water. It can be communicated by an infected food handler as well. Commencement of symptoms takes 1 or 2 weeks. 

  • Listeria-

Listeria may be found in chilled, ready-to-eat foods, like cooked sliced meats, packed sandwiches, hot dogs and soft cheeses. It can also spread through unpasteurized milk, contaminated water and even contaminated soil.The incubation period varies from 9 to 48 hours and can take weeks also, but symptoms pass within three days or so.

  • Hepatitis A-

Ready-to-eat food and shellfish from polluted water are the common sources. It can also be transmitted by an infected food handler. The inception of symptoms typically takes 28 days. 

  • Vibrio Vulnificus-

It contaminates raw mussels, raw oysters, clams, and whole scallops. It can also spread through polluted seawater. The incubation period is 1 to 7 days.

  • Staphylococcus aureus-

It usually affects meat, salads, cream-filled pastries and cream sauces. It can be communicated by coughing, sneezing or even hand contact. Symptoms appear quickly within 1 to 6 hours. 

The common pathogens that cause food poisoning
The common pathogens that cause food poisoning

2. Viruses:

  • Norovirus-

Shellfish from polluted water and raw food stuff are the chief sources.Raw shellfish, markedly oysters, is found to be a source of infection in many cases.Establishment of symptoms takes nearly 12-48 hours and they pass away in a couple of days.

  • Rotavirus-

Mostly, it attacks the raw produce. Rotavirus is a common cause of infection from contaminated food for young children. The symptoms develop within a week and pass in around 5 to 7days.

3. Parasites:

Food poisoning cases due to parasites are commonly encountered in the developing world. In advanced nations like the UK, this scenario is rare. Parasitic infections that cause food poisoning include:

  • Amoebiasis– caused by an amoeba known asEntamoeba Histolytica.
  • Giardiasis– caused by a parasite known as Giardia Intestinalis.
  • Cryptosporidiosis– caused by a parasite known as Cryptosporidium.

Symptoms Of Food Poisoning:

Different source Different symptoms!

That’s the truth. Symptoms depend greatly on what the source of infection is.But, most often, common cases of food poisoning include the following symptoms:

Symptoms Of Food Poisoning
Symptoms Of Food Poisoning
  • Watery diarrhoea, which may contain even mucus or blood
  • Mild fever
  • Nausea(feeling of being sick)
  • Abdominal Pain and stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Lack of energy(weakness)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscles pain

How long does it take to develop?

Most often, symptoms tend to come on within 1 to 3 days of having the corrupt food. However, in few cases of food poisoning, the incubation period can be as extended as that of 90 days.

How long does it last?

Most cases of food poisoning take just 1 or 2 days to conclude and that too without any treatment many a times. But, if symptoms endure longer than that, you must contact an expert.

Health care professionals mainly consider Cyclospora infections as the potential reason behind food poisoning with prolonged symptoms. Its diarrhoea can take weeks to cease and it is difficult to detect too.

So, symptoms depend exclusively on the infectious organism, the amount of exposure, and factors like age, health, etc.The symptoms may start within hours of having the corrupt food or drink, or they may take days or even weeks.

In most cases, perhaps 9 out of 10, these symptoms pass away in few days and you will make a comprehensive recovery.

It’s not usually serious and in fact, many people get better without any treatment. But, sometimes it can be life threatening!

Symptoms of life-threatening food poisoning crop up when:

  • You are unable to keep fluids down
  • You suffer a fever higher than 101.5 ˚F
  • You feel damn thirsty
  • You pass little or almost no urine
  • Impotent to even see or speak

If left uncured, food poisoning may even result in:

  • Reactive arthritis, in which joints become swollen. 
  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome, a situation in which body is lacking water and urea gets build-up steering the results towards kidney failure.
  • Pericarditis, when the outer covering of the heart gets contaminated. Really, food poisoning at its apex!

Who is at risk?

Food poisoning can upset anyone. It is said that most people are attacked at least once in their lives. In most of the incidents, it affects a group of people all consuming the same food like in social gatherings, picnics, restaurants, school cafeterias, etc.

So, typically saying, each and everyone is vulnerable to food poisoning. However, pregnant women, elder ones, children and people with subdued immune systems are the groups always at more risk than rest.

  • Pregnant women- Changes in circulation and metabolism during pregnancy increase the risk of food poisoning. It influences the health of the baby as well.Moreover, it augments the chances of premature births, miscarriages, or stillbirths.So, pregnant women and even breastfeeding women should take additional caution against food poisoning.
  • Older ones-Dwindling immunity is the reason. As you grow grey, your immune system may not respond that quickly and effectively to infectious organisms as it did when you were younger.
  • Infants and children- They are at risk as their immune system is in ‘still growing’ mode i.e. underdeveloped.
  • People with chronic disease-Those having any chronic condition like diabetes, AIDS, or any liver disease is at big risk because chronic diseases reduce immune response considerably. Those who are undergoing any radiation therapy or chemotherapy for cancer is also vulnerable.

Remember! You are at a big risk if

  • You have a feeble immune system.
  • You have a serious chronic illness like, diabetes, cancer, AIDS or any kidney disease.
  • You habitually travel to places where you are exposed to infectious organisms causing food poisoning.

How is food poisoning diagnosed?

Diagnosis is done rare as many a times food poisoning resolve within few days. However, it becomes indispensable when symptoms go either severe or prolonged.

First of all, doctor tries to diagnose the type of food poisoning you got by studying your symptoms only. If it is difficult to reach a conclusion from the study of symptoms, generally, you will be asked to give a stool sample and to get your CBC blood test done.

CBC will help to identify if the infection is still present in the body or not and the stool sample will help pinpoint exactly which pathogen has caused the infection.

Home Remedies to get rid of food poisoning:

If you suffer from food poisoning, what will be your first response? I am sure 99% of you will run to a doctor, he will prescribe some antibiotics and thus, you get the ‘quick fix’ that you were hunting. Am I right? Please note that it may be quick but certainly not a fix.

There are many reasons why antibiotics are disadvantageous. Firstly, antibiotics can wipe out all the bacteria in our body; both good and bad ones which are its major shortcoming. It is quite obvious that good bacteria will be required to balance the removal of bad bacteria and if it is also removed then definitely it will be problematic.

Secondly, we can develop immunity to antibiotics, so this remedy is only a ‘short-term plan’. And finally, if the medicine is there in your kitchen’s wardrobe then taking appointments for a doctor will be nothing but stupidity.

Here is a long list of 14 natural home remedies for food poisoning: 

1. Ginger

Ginger For Food Poisoning
Ginger For Food Poisoning

You may be acquainted with ginger as just a spice which adds flavour to your dishes but let me tell you it is the best home remedy for curing food poisoning. In fact, it is known as ‘king of medicine in Ayurveda.

You can take ginger in many ways-

Ginger extract can be taken with lemon juice for quick relief in case of nausea, vomiting etc. All you need to do is to take 2-3 tablespoon of ginger and equal amount of lemon juice and add in it a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Take this 3-4 times a day. Ginger tea is also very convincing against vomiting.

It can also be taken with honey. Grind a piece of almost an inch and mix it with a tablespoon of honey.

It is beneficial against inflammations and those nasty cramps in stomach.At last, you may also have a small piece of ginger 2-3 times a day. IF YOU CAN!

2. Basil(Tulsi)

Indian Basil
Indian Basil

Basil is another awesome home remedy for food poisoning.From skin diseases to acidity or from throat to stomach, basil can cure all. It can be taken in many ways-

Make a juice of a few tulsi leaves and add it to a tablespoon of honey. It will leave you dazzled in just a couple of hours.

If you want to get rapid comfort from vomiting and weakness, take 2-3 tablespoon of basil leaf extract, mix it in a half cup curd and add a pinch of black pepper and black salt into it. Take this 3-4 times a day.

Chew few leaves of tulsi with a pod of elaichi and get instant relief from stomach cramps.

Also, make a habit of taking basil leaves with water in the morning in empty stomach as it strengthens your digestive power. 

3. Cumin

Cumin
Cumin

Cumin seeds are known for their superior anti-bacterial properties which can do wonders against food poisoning. They can be taken in many ways.

Take 10-15 cumin seeds and an equal quantity of fenugreek (or methi) seeds and make a powder of them.

Add that powder in a glass of water and drink it to get rid of vomiting and abdominal pain. Instead of water, you can also take this powder with a half cup of curd.

You can even take them with soup. Just crush a tablespoon of cumin seeds and add the grind to a mild soup. Enjoy your soup and simultaneously soothe your stomach pain. 

4.  Fenugreek

fenugreek
fenugreek

Methi with Curd is one of the finest remedies for food poisoning. However, being finest is a bit ironical as you may be aware of its taste!

Anyways, to make its recipe, mix a spoonful of methi seeds with a tablespoon of yoghurt and just gulp it down. Please don’t bother to chew it! 

5. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea To Sooth Stomach Pain During Food Poisoning
Peppermint tea To Sooth Stomach Pain During Food Poisoning

Peppermint oil is known for its calming effect which is extremely required for people suffering from stomach inflammations during food poisoning.

Now think what a ravishing thing it would be to take this peppermint in your beverage timings. Just imagine!

Add a few drops of this oil to your tea and your stomach cramps will vanish in next couple of hours. 

6. Apple Cider Vinegar- 

Popular as ACV, it is just an excellent remedy for almost any gastrointestinal disease. Being alkaline in nature, it relieves the gastro-intestinal lining.

Moreover, it makes stomach environment hostile for the bacteria to breed in, which further boosts up the recovery process.Take it with water in 1:1 ratio to get comfort.

7. Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal Soak Toxin
Activated charcoal Soak Toxin

 Activated charcoal absorbs all the gases and other substances that may be harmful to the sensitive gastrointestinal lining of the stomach.

8. Corn Starch- 

If you take some fruit juice like apple or orange juice then just add a couple of teaspoon of corn starch syrup in that. Consume this. Believe me; you will be amazed by your recovery.  

9. Bread- 

Bread is known to soak up poison. Immediately swallow a bread piece as soon as you get aware that you caught food poisoning.The repercussions of food poisoning will get minimised to a great extent by this smart step of yours.

10. Cold Milk

Cold Milk
Cold Milk

I think there’s nothing more pacifying against stomach-wrath than a glass of chilled milk. Moreover, cold milk will unquestionably give you the necessary strength you need to withstand the constant vomiting scenario. You may also add a flavour of your choice but try to go for plain milk.

11. Lemon

Lemon
Lemon

It’s time to get detox!The acidity of lemon kills almost all the bacteria that cause food poisoning. Moreover, it also helps in the reclamation of electrolyte balance in the body. 

Squeeze a lemon in a glass of water and add a pinch of sugar to it. Drink this juice as many times a day as you can. Another way is to add lemon to your tea.

12. Papaya- 

Cut a raw papaya into small cubes and add it to a glass of water.Put the mixture to boil for about 15minutes or so and then drink it. Have this ‘papaya water’2-3 times a day. This remedy is ‘fruitful’ indeed!

13. Banana- 

Bananas are actually composed of a handsome amount of potassium and thus, reduce the effects of food poisoning to a very impressive level.

You can have either raw bananas or banana shake. Banana is effective against both constipation as well as diarrhoea. Moreover, it will not let down your strength at any point of time.

14. Apple-

An apple a day keeps a doctor away! Another fruit which is effective against food poisoning. Apple contains enzymes that retard bacterial growth and thus prevent stomach pain and diarrhoea.

You can also consume apple with yoghurt. Both these ingredients fight against bacteria and thus, it’s a wonderful home remedy for food poisoning.

Recipes To get rid of Food poisoning:

1. Special combination: ginger, lemon, mint leaves& honey-

  • Crush together around 15 to 20 mint leaves and an inch long ginger.
  • Press the generated paste onto a sieve and extract the juice.
  • Take 2 tbsp of this juice and add 1 tbsp each of honey and lemon juice in it.
  • Stir thoroughly and take it twice daily.

2. Especially for curing morning sickness, vomiting and nausea-

  • Take roughly 10 to 15 curry leaves and crush them.
  • Press the resulting paste on a sieve and procure juice.
  • Add 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp lemon juice and shake the mix well.
  • Drink this solution twice a day for better results.

3. Garlic and milk recipe especially for vomiting- 

  • Take 2 or 3 garlic cloves and crush them.
  • Add the resulting paste to a glass of milk and allow boiling for 5 minutes.
  • Sip only when hot for amazing results. 

‘Do not use above remedies as an alternative to any medical advice’

Diet and Lifestyle advice in Food poisoning:

A lot has already been discussed on what to do when bewitched by food poisoning. Here are some dietary and life-style remedies you should follow to get instant relaxation. 

1. Be Charged With Fluids:

Water flushes out of the body in almost all cases of food poisoning due to persistent diarrhoea, so replacement of lost water and vital minerals like  sodium, potassium, etc. is the first thing to do.

ORS is the most effective method to do so. Oral rehydration therapy either with water or solutions like Pedialyte or Gatorade is sufficient enough to recharge the body again with fluids. All you need to do is to make 1 litre solution of it in boiled water and just keep sipping it the whole day.

All you need to do is to make 1 litre solution of it in boiled water and just keep sipping it the whole day.Fresh fruit juices are another way of rehydration.

Infact, giving warm water straightway after vomiting provides instant relief. Complement warm water therapy by putting a cotton cloth or simply a warm towel over the stomach for some time.This will soothe stomach and reduce abdominal pain.

Moreover, brimming up your fluid content flushes out the toxins and bacteria, which are the root causes.

2. Keep Calm and Take Rest:

When symptoms kick-off or even if you have any doubt that you got food poisoning, cancel all your programmes of moving out.

Remember, more rest more recovery. It is better to stay at home and get well soon.

3. Are you travelling:

It’s great to have strong spices such as turmeric, cayenne, and curry with you as these spices have preventive characteristics against food poisoning.

Oregano oil is also known for its competence to stop infections. So, add these stuffs in your food and water while travelling.

Super foods, green powders and vitamin C are advantageous too as they give you the ‘extra’ strength to fight. Bentonite clay is also helpful as it can remove all the injurious waste and toxins build-up in our body.

4. Be Stress Less:

All of the above remedies will work best when you are stress free. Start some stress relief endeavour in conjunction with remedies. Yoga, light workouts, and massage can do the job.

 Prevention is better than cure! 

5. Maintain Good Hygiene:

The best strategy to avoid getting food poisoning is to keep high standards of food hygiene as well as personal sanitation when preparing, handling or even storing food. 

4C’s Of Good Hygiene:

If you really want to prevent food poisoning, then remember these 4C’s –

  • Cleaning
  • Cooking
  • Chilling
  • Cross-contamination

Cleaning:

Cleaning involves maintaining personal hygiene while keeping food utensils and work surfaces clean as well.

There are a lot of misconceptions about what is the correct way of washing hands. Let me tell you; it is recommended to wash hands ‘thoroughly’ with ideally liquid soap in warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Thoroughly means that you should cover the area between your fingers, under your nails, and also the backs of your hands.

When to wash hands?

  • Before cooking food
  • After holding raw food
  • After going to the toilet
  • After using dustbins
  • After touching pets

Cooking:

It involves cooking food thoroughly because thorough cooking only can kill many harmful bacteria present in the food.

When food is cooked its middle portion should be steaming hot.But, when it is reheated, it should be steaming hot all the way through. Also make sure that food should not be reheated more than once.

In order to check that meat is cooked properly, insert a knife into the thickest portion of it. If it is cooked thoroughly, the juices will be clear and there will be no red or pink meat.

Chilling:

Certain perishable foods items need to be kept at the suitable temperature to prevent infectious organisms from growing and multiplying to a dangerous level. That’s what chilling involves.

Make sure that you check the storage instructions properly. Moreover, to use for refrigeration purpose, your fridge should be set to 0–5 ˚C. Leftovers should be put in the fridge or freezer(as per the requirement) preferably within a couple of hours.

Cross-contamination:

Cross-contamination means the transfer of harmful bacteria from raw foods to other foods. Prevent cross-contamination, prevent food poisoning! 

Follow these guidelines to avoid cross-contamination-

  • Store and keep raw and ready-to-eat foods separately.
  • Store raw meat in sealed vessels at the bottom of the fridge otherwise it may drip onto other foods.
  • Don’t forget to clean your hands after handling raw food.
  • Wash knives and other utensils properly after using for raw food and you may ideally use a separate set of utensils for both foods if possible.
  • Avoid washing raw poultry or meat as washing may spatter harmful pathogens all around; proper cooking can do the whole job. 

Apart from following above 4 C’s there is something more to do: 

  • Always go through the manufacturing as well as expiry date of all food items before purchase especially the perishable ones like milk products, baked stuffs, bread, fish, meat, etc. Also, do not preserve products like milk products, breads or cakes for more than a day.
  • Always check the honesty of the seal on canned food. Never purchase cans whose lids are inflated as it may be due to the gas released by trapped bacteria.
  • If possible, use a food thermometer to cook food to the correct temperature as the optimum killing of bacteria takes place at only certain temperatures.
  • Make sure that you defrost the food safely.Always try to defrost it in the refrigerator alone as it is the most secure way to thaw food.Never thaw food at room temperature. 
  • Do not use left oil after cooking food for preparing some other food because harmful chemical reactions can occur in the oil between successive heatings which is extremely dangerous. 
  • Try not to utilise the same utensils that you have used for cooking non-vegetarian or some other perishable food for any other food item. If you are constrained to do so, do clean the utensils exhaustively.
  • Throw the food when you are not 100% sure. If you are doubtful about the storage, preparation, or even serving of food, just discard it. That’s it! Never judge the food by its appearance or smell. Many a times food looking good and smelling fine has been found contaminated.
  • Rely on those restaurants for the meal which are hygienically reliable as well as accustomed to you. Make this a habit.
  • Lastly, stay updated about widespread food-related outbreaks. This becomes particularly important when you are touring the areas where hygiene standards are alarming. 

Stop spreading food poisoning:

Infections like vomiting and diarrhoea are very easily passed from person to person. The least you can do is to stop the spread of these symptoms.

  • Cancel going work. Stay off school if you are a student for at least a couple of days.
  • Make sure that you don’t share flannels and towels with others. Get as much isolated as you can.
  • Clean the toilets and bathrooms regularly. Do wipe the toilet seat, bathroom taps, door handles and other accessories with detergent and hot water daily to maintain proper hygiene standards.
  • If Cryptosporidium is the cause behind your food poisoning, avoid going swimming for at least two weeks.

What to do during pregnancy?

Home Remedies for food poisning during pregnancy
Home Remedies for food poisning during pregnancy

It’s simple! Think twice before making choice of any food item as even a single small mistake of yours can be detrimental for both of you. Take following cares:

1. Always check ‘USE-BY’ date

Make it a habit otherwise, listeria will not leave you. It is a bacterium found in chilled, ready-to-eat foods like cooked sliced meat,pre-packed sandwich or soft cheese and can cause pregnancy and birth difficulties.It can even result in miscarriage.

2. Avoid mercury-rich seafood

Seafood is no doubt beneficial during pregnancy because of being a rich source of protein and omega-3 fatty acid that helps in the development of your baby’s brain and eyes.

However, some fishes and shellfishes hold dangerous levels of mercury ui and let me tell you too much mercury can impair your baby’s nervous system.

Remember! The older and bigger the fish, the more mercury it’s likely to carry. So, please avoid eating fishes like Shark, Tilefish, Swordfish, King mackerel, etc.

It is recommended to have 2 meals per week (of 220-340gms.) of fishes like Salmon, Trout, Shrimp, Pollock, etc.

Moreover, don’t take more than 170 grammes of tuna steak and albacore tuna per week. In addition, be aware that although canned light tuna appears to be safe.However, studies reveal that mercury levels vary from can to can. But, keep in mind that all researches do not agree with these limits.

However, studies reveal that mercury levels vary from can to can. But, keep in mind that all researches do not agree with these limits.

3. Avoid raw or undercooked food:

Raw or undercooked food takes no time in causing food poisoning especially when it is seafood, meat, egg, or some poultry product.

Say no to refrigerated uncooked seafood. Try to avoid raw fishes and shellfish as far as you can. Also, pay attention to local fish advisories if you rely on fish from local waters. If advice is inaccessible, limit the amount you eat to 6 ounces a week and avoid eating any other fish that week.

Regarding cooking; cook fish up to 145 ˚F internal temperature.It is done when it appears opaque throughout and gets separated into flakes. Cook mussels, oysters and clams until their shells open and lobster, shrimp and scallops until they turn milky white.

For meat, use a meat thermometer if required. Accept luncheon meats and hot dogs only in case they are steaming hot. Avoid them otherwise.

They are the primary cause of listeriosis.Cook egg until egg white and yolk become robust.Avoid foods involving either raw or partially cooked eggs as these are contaminated with infectious bacteria.

4. Wash fruits & veggies before use:

Try to avoid raw sprouts like mung bean, clover and alfalfa as they may contain pathogens.

Make sure that you cook them to satisfaction. Also, refrain from unwashed fruits as they are the fulcrum of harmful bacteria.

5. Avoid unpasteurized products:

Steer clear of any commodity containing unpasteurized milk especially soft cheeses like feta, brie, and blue cheese.

Rely on these only when they are labelled as ‘pasteurized’. Also, avoid drinking unpasteurized juice.

6. Avoid herbal tea if uncertain:

There is hardly any data on the influence of distinct herbs on growing babies. Take a safe side and avoid drinking any herbal tea unless it is approved by your health expert.

7. Avoid too much caffeine:

Caffeine can cross the placenta and thus can influence your baby’s heart rate. Potentially dangerous!  And therefore, avoid it or atleast limit itsintake to 200 mgs a day during pregnancy.

8. Keep alcohol at an arm’s length:

Handsome chances of stillbirth and miscarriage in mothers who drink. In fact, excess alcohol can end up with fatal alcohol syndrome which in turn can cause ailments like mental retardation, heart imperfections and even facial deformities.

If you’re worried about alcohol you drank before consulting your health expert. Even moderate drinking can be hazardous.

When your kid is a victim:

Kids are always at high risk for food poisoning because their immune system is not as effectual at fighting off pathogens as compared with that of an adult.

Especially, babies under 1 year of age are the ones at maximum risk as they don’t require losing much fluid to lose an appreciable portion of their total body fluid.

Parents should take additional precautions and do avoid the following food stuff in their kid(s) diet if they fall prey to food poisoning:

  1. Raw or undercooked shellfish or fish like mussels, oysters, clams, etc.
  1. Raw or undercooked eggs or foods containing eggs like homespun ice cream and cookie dough.
  1. Rare or raw poultry and meat.
  1. Raw sprouts including clover, bean, alfalfa, radish and others.
  1. Unpasteurized milk products and juices.
  1. Camembert, Feta, Brie and other soft cheeses.

Enough information has been given in this article to make you aware of the home remedies and precautionary measures that need to be taken during food poisoning.

Hope all the information helps you.Do write to us if you have any queries or any experience to share.We would love to hear from you.

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Founder and Director of SM Ayurveda Institute and Wellness Center in Ontario (Canada), Dr. Hemant Gupta is a veteran in Ayurveda bringing over 30 years of expertise in Panchakarma, Marma Therapy, Natural healing, Yoga and more. He is also founder and president of Canadian Ayurvedic Members Alliance (CAMA).