Food poisoning is the disease which is caused due to consumption of contaminated food, due to which various harmful microorganisms like bacteria, toxins, viruses and parasites enter the digestive tract.

Food Poisoning can effectively treated, by using some of the age old home remedies.If your condition is serious you should visit a doctor without delay.By using the below mentioned natural herbal remedies you can get rid of food poisoning.

Causes Of Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is generally caused due to:

1. Bacteria:

Bacteria is the most common cause of food poisoning. Hazardous bacteria like Salmonella, E.Coli, and listeria are responsible for food poisoning. Salmonella is the primary force behind food poisoning in most cases. Campylobacter and C.Botulinum (Botulism) are also two lesser known but lethal bacteria that cause food poisoning.

2. Parasites:

Food poisoning through parasites is a less common scene, but still, parasites are too hazardous for our body. Toxoplasma is the most common parasite that is related with food poisoning. Parasites can live undetected in the human digestive tract for years and can cause damage to the immune system.

3. Viruses:

Even viruses can be a cause of food poisoning, the NOROVIRUS or NORWALK VIRUS has caused over 19 million deaths due to food poisoning. Viruses like sapovirus, rotavirus and astrovirus cause food poisoning and if neglected, the problem can be fatal also.

Symptoms

The problem of food poisoning can be characterised by the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild fever
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

Is The Doctor’s Advice Necessary

Although it is recommended to use home remedies for lesser acute and intense cases of food poisoning, but as this problem is a potentially life-threatening one, you should immediately consult a doctor if any of the given symptoms persist.

  • Diarrhoea continuing for a span more than three days.
  • High fever, higher than 101.5 F
  • Facing difficulty in vision or sound
  • Symptoms of acute diarrhoea, which include a dry mouth, passing little no urine.

Home Remedies To Cure Food Poisoning

We can treat food poisoning from various ingredients that are easily available in our kitchen and are economical also.

Herbs and plant products are effective treatments for food poisoning. Below are listed some common herbs which are used to cure food poisoning.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar of ACV as it is commonly called is a vinegar made from apples. It has many health benefits, most important of them being to cure food poisoning. It is one of the best treatment to cure food poisoning due to its alkaline effect.

Method Of Consumption

Mix 2-3 teaspoons of ACV in a cup of hot water. Consume the prepared drink before eating your meal. If the problem persists, consume 2-3 teaspoons of undiluted ACV for better results.

2. Ginger

Ginger plays an important role in reducing the symptoms of food poisoning.

Method Of Consumption

It is recommended to boil a cup of water with one spoon of grated ginger in it. Add honey or sugar according to taste. Alternatively, you can consume pieces of ginger directly. You are advised to consume them twice a day till the problem persists.

3.Yoghurt And Fenugreek Seeds

This a very cheap, effective and convenient method to cure food poisoning.

Methods Of Consumption

Just consume one teaspoon each of yoghurt and fenugreek seeds. It is advised to just swallow the seeds and not chew them.

4. Lemon

Lemon is considered as the “king of remedies” as far as food poisoning is concerned.

Methods Of Consumptions

Just mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with sugar and consume directly. You can dilute it with lukewarm water.

5. Bananas

Bananas are a good remedy to cure food poisoning as they are very light and easy to digest.

Methods Of Consumption

Consume at least one ripe banana per day or you can have the banana shake.

6. Garlic

Garlic is famous for its antipyretic and cardiac properties. But it is an effective digestive agent also.

Methods Of Consumption

Swallow one clove of garlic daily with a glass of water. You can consume garlic juice also if you cannot stand the smell of garlic. Otherwise, prepare a mixture of garlic and soybean oil and massage it on your stomach after dinner.

7. Honey

Owing to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, honey is one of the most effective food poisoning remedies.

Methods Of Consumption

Eat a teaspoon of honey in its pure form three times a day. Else, you can have it with tea or lemonade.

8. Apples

As the proverb says “AN APPLE A DAY, KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY”, apple plays an important role in curing food poisoning. Apple considerably reduces reflux and heartburns. It prohibits the formation of bacteria that causes stomach ache and diarrhoea. Apples also prevent different types of cancer.

9. Cold Milk

It is recommended to have a glass of ice cold milk to cure the upset stomach. You can add any flavour for taste, but for instant relief, it is recommended to consume plain cold milk.

10. Chicken Broth

Chicken broth can be digested with ease. So for a patient suffering from food poisoning, chicken broth can be served as it tastes good. It also speeds up the healing and recovery process.

11. Re-Hydration Mixture

Food poisoning is often accompanied by de-hydration which extracts out essential fluids and salts from our body. The remedy for this will be Lime Water.

Method Of Consumption

In a litre of water, mix 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice along with sugar and salt according to taste. Drink it on a daily basis to prevent dehydration.

12. Water

In summers water is the universal healer. Drink plenty of water especially during food-poisoning to effectively flush out all the toxins and bacteria from the body.

13. Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds or ‘zeera’ in Hindi is a very popular home remedy for the treatment of food poisoning.

Method Of Consumption

In a cup of water, boil cumin seeds and add freshly extracted coriander juice and consume it twice a day. Else, you can have a mixture of salt, cumin seeds and asafetida. Consume this drink 2-3 times a day.

14. Basil

Basil or Tulsi leaves are the best herbs against food poisoning.

Method Of Consumption

Extract a glass full of basil juice from a few leaves. Add honey for taste and drink it several times a day.

  1. Alternatively, add a few drops of basil oil in water and consume.
  2. Else, mix three plain tablespoons of plain yoghurt, add a pinch of black pepper, basil leaves and sea salt. Consume several times a day till the symptoms subside.

15. Peppermint

Eat anything that contains peppermint or menthol, like hard candies and chewing gum and consumes it for the cure against food poisoning.

Method Of Consumption

Else take a handful of mint leaves, strain it in boiling water and consume three times a day.

16. Basil And Cardamom

Since the time of sages and Ayurveda, basil has been frequently used due to its medicinal properties. It is also being worshipped in Hindu mythology.

Method Of Consumption

For treatment of food poisoning, eat basil leaves along with cardamom (elaichi).

17. Herbal Tea

For cure and revival of ailing digestive system, it is advised to drink the variety of herbal teas such as meadowsweet, green chamomile, comfrey root and liquorice tea.

18. Coriander

Coriander leaves are used as taste enhancers in almost every Indian meal. But very few of us might be aware of its medicinal properties. It soothes our stomach against the injury caused due to the stomach infection. It can be consumed fresh or as a powder. Coriander oil is also known to have antibacterial properties.

19. Cornstarch

Cornstarch is used to speed up the healing and recovery process. It can be consumed with a glass of orange or apple juice.

20. Green Papaya

The enzymes present in green papaya are known to heal the wounds and ensure effective digestion. To cure food poisoning, it is advised to consume a boiled green papaya to obtain its benefits.

21. Goldenseal

It is a natural herb filled with antibacterial properties that aids in killing the bacteria and virus that causes the food poisoning. It is advised to have extracts of golden seal once a day to prevent food poisoning.

After explaining a number of remedies, here is a list of DO’S and DON’T’S which you are advised to follow during food poisoning

DO’S

  • If diarrhoea and vomiting persist for more than a day, sip an oral rehydrating solution.
  • Drink liquids slowly.
  • Clean your hands properly with an antiseptic soap before eating or cooking.
  • Maintain proper hygiene in the kitchen.
  • Keep unpreserved food items in a deep freezer.
  • Cook all types of meat like chicken, meat, pork thoroughly to kill all the possible bacteria in it.
  • Get proper rest for a speedy recovery.

DON’T’S

  • Don’t eat solid foods, try to eat semi-solids and liquids. It will reduce pressure on the digestive system and aid the speedy recovery.
  • Avoid street foods and foods from an unhygienic place.
  • Avoid fried, greasy, spicy and excessively sweet meals.
  • Nicotine, dairy products, caffeine and alcohol should strictly be avoided during the course of recovery.
  • Avoid smoking.

So, this was a detailed account of what you are supposed to do to protect yourself from food poisoning this season. Stay hydrated, wear light clothes and always carry a water bottle whenever you go out.

‘STAY HEALTHY, STAY HYDRATED!’

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Dr. Hitesh Sharma was instrumental in managing various capacties of Wellness/integrative medicine/Diagnostics & pathology for years together. After proving his skills and abilities in the Wellness domain, he then diversified into the Spa and Wellness domain working as an Ayurveda and Lifestyle Consultant.He is currently a Wellness Leader, Head of Body Sciences and manages the Wellness and Spa center at The BodyHoliday, LeSPORT @ Saint Lucia, North America