Natural Home Remedies for Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated food.

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The contamination may be a bacteria virus or parasites.  Raw foods are common culprits because heat usually kills pathogens. Toxins and chemicals can also contaminate food and cause illness.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

PREVALENCE

The CDC estimates 48 million people a year get sick from food-borne illness. There are more than 250 food-borne diseases. Those most at risk are the very young, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with chronic illnesses.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Testing may include a stool or blood test. If it isn’t a viral infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. Most cases resolve on their own within a few days and your doctor may suggest some electrolytes for fluid balance. In extreme cases, intravenous fluids may be administered.

SELF TREATMENT

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DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

If you are ill, that will change your diet temporarily but remember that a strong immune system is the best defense against future episodes and the best path to that is a healthy diet.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Apricots
  • Bone broth
  • Fiber to cleanse the intestinal tract
  • Garlic for anti-parasitic properties
  • Pomegranate
  • Pumpkin pulp and seeds

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Processed sugars
  • Smoking
  • Spicy foods

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Apple Cider Vinegar to keep pH in balance
  • Basil juice from leaves
  • Buttermilk
  • Coconut water
  • Cumin seeds boiled in water
  • Drumstick (also known as moringa oleifera) plant juice
  • Ginger tea after meals
  • Lemon juice, fresh
  • Mango flowers, washed, dried and ground to powder; add to water
  • Papaya seed powder mixed with papaya juice

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Chaparro Amargo
  • Cloves
  • Guava leaf powder added to water
  • Kutja bark and roots
  • Margosa leaves
  • Neem
  • Turmeric

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil on the skin, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath.

  • Oregano oil, taken internally: a few drops in a glass of water

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Activated charcoal
  • Diatomaceous earth or edible clay
  • Electrolytes (make your own with fruit juice, a bit of honey and a pinch of salt)
  • Garlic
  • Probiotics

HYDRATION

It’s important to replace any water lost by sweating or vomiting. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Apply cold or warm compresses to relieve stomach cramps.
  • Avoid antacids.
  • Drink lots of fluid, like water or broth, sipping slowly.  Suck on ice cubes.
  • If you live in an area where hygiene or slaughtering methods are suspect, have a stool sample test done to determine if you have amoebas.  Amoebas are nasty little organisms that can establish a stronghold in your body and in the worst cases, affect any organ, including your brain.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CAUTIONS

  • Avoid anti-diarrheal products.
  • Do not induce vomiting.

Call a doctor if any of the following apply:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Dehydration is evident
  • Diarrhea lasting more than a few days
  • Fever higher than 101F (38C)
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Speech is impaired
  • Vision is impaired

PREVENTION

  • A healthy immune system that comes from a wholesome diet, regular exercise, low stress and quality sleep
  • Avoid food from street vendors.
  • Avoid ice cubes or ask if they are made with filtered water.
  • Avoid raw sprouts.
  • Bacteria doesn’t multiply above 150F or below 40, so heat or refrigerate raw food.
  • Beware of home-canned foods, which can be toxic.
  • Beware of wild mushrooms unless you really know what you are doing.
  • Boil tap water or treat with iodine before ingesting.
  • Clean your can openers thoroughly.
  • Cook food to a safe temperature Use a meat thermometer if you can. Temps considered safe for meat:  ground beef 160F/71.1C); steaks, roasts, meat chops at 145F/62.8C; poultry 165F/73.9C.
  • Do not buy pre-cut fruits and vegetables.
  • Do not eat unpasteurized dairy products.
  • Do not thaw foods at room temperature.
  • Don’t consume food that comes from a swollen can or a damaged container.
  • Drink clean water.
  • Drink water from bottles.
  • Exercise caution with soft cheeses.
  • Keep raw foods separate from other foods.
  • Keep the kitchen clean.
  • Prepare raw meats on a cutting board that doesn’t absorb the juices and blood and that can be cleaned with boiling water or even bleach.
  • Refrigerate or freeze perishable foods shortly after purchasing or preparing. The hotter the room, the faster you need to get food refrigerated.
  • Use a different cutting board for meat than for your produce.
  • Use natural household products rather than chemicals.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables before ingesting.
  • Wash hands before handling food and after using the toilet.
  • Wash your hands regularly throughout the day with soap and water.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Foods commonly associated with food poisoning include:
    • Raw dairy products
    • Raw foods
    • Nuts
    • Meats
    • Poultry
    • Eggs
    • Spices

 

 

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