It’s likely you know someone who will get food poisoning, because one out of every five people get food poisoning each year.
Food poisoning usually occurs because someone prepares food without clean hands, transferring bacteria to the food. It will also happen if the food is not thoroughly cooked.
A person with food poisoning feels like they have a severe case of the flu. Typical symptoms occur within six to 48 hours after consuming a contaminated food or drink. They include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and diarrhea.
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However, seek medical attention if symptoms last for more than two days or if a child under 3 years old is afflicted, if a fever presents, if a person becomes dizzy, collapses, or has difficulty breathing, and cramping pains last longer than 10 to 15 minutes. Other cause for concern is a swollen abdomen, skin or eyes turn yellow or dehydration occurs.
What do you do if, despite your best efforts, you or someone in your family gets food poisoning? There’s a great likelihood that you’ll experience food poisoning symptoms on the weekends or in the evening after doctor’s office hours. Many times food poisoning cases can be taken care of at home, before the symptoms worsen.
Step One: Flush your system out with fluids if you think you have food poisoning. Drink coconut water to replace lost electrolytes. Avoid carbonated drinks, caffeinated drinks, and dairy products. Drink ginger tea. It’s vital to stay hydrated.
Step Two: Apple cider vinegar is a purifier. It is effective in detoxifying various organs and it helps oxidation of the blood. It promotes digestion, assimilation and elimination. It neutralizes toxic substances taken into the body. Adults take 1 to 2 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar several times a day (children should take less). It’s most effective on an empty stomach.
Step Three: Eat dark toasted bread or any bread for that matter. Bread will soak up the poison and diminish intestinal irritation. Activated charcoal is an effective treatment for food poisoning, but not many have it on hand.
Step Four: Take probiotics as they will help fight off potential infections and restore intestinal pH.
Step Five: Most importantly REST. Let your body have time to heal itself.
In addition, you may want to try a couple of home remedies for nausea: eat a small amount of grated ginger and another remedy is to hold a clove of garlic between your teeth. As your body begins to heal, begin eating easily digested soft, bland foods. Broth, bananas, yogurt, rice, and applesauce are good foods to introduce first.
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