Home remedies for food posioning

Even though govt. food departments have strict guidelines for handling food and beverages there is always a risk of food poisoning because of contaminated food. Food poisoning if sever can make you camped near your bathroom for a day or two. In most of the cases, it often improves on its own within 48 hours. Some home remedies are useful to keep yourself more comfortable and prevent dehydration while you recover.

What is food poisoning?
Some times you go for a treat with friends or co-workers, mouth watering dishes tempt you and you gobble down a plate or two, you enjoy the food but as time tickles you stomach gives you a run and you head straight towards bathroom. This is a typical case of food poisoning.

Food poisoning is a common infection that affects millions of people each year. Most of us have suffered through food poisoning at one time or another. The symptoms you can experience after eating contaminated food can be mild lasting for 4-48 hours or sever requiring hospitalization . The most common  symptoms are nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. 

What to do if you have food poisoning?
Food poisoning should not be ignored. When you are suffering from food poisoning, your body will lose more water than normal. So try to stay well hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water throughout the day. The water will help flush out the toxins and bacteria causing your symptoms. Along with water, you can also drink diluted fruit juice and broth. 

How to avoid food poisoning?
Of course, prevention is always the best medicine, and the smartest way to treat food poisoning is to avoid getting it in the first place. Although you can't control the conditions in the eateries and restaurants you visit often, you can always make several precautions at home by following these 
  • Keep mixed foods, such as salads with mayonnaise dressing and foods that contain dairy products, refrigerated.
  • Thaw meat in the refrigerator, not at room temperature.
  • Stuff turkeys or roasts just before cooking -- or cook the stuffing separately.
  • Keep perishable foods cold.
  • Cook chicken, pork, and beef very thoroughly.
  • Wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with very hot water and soap after handling meat or eggs.
Natural home remedies for food poisoning
If you think you've got food poisoning but aren't sure, take note: Most people get sick about 4 to 48 hours after eating the suspect food. And if you got sick, chances are everyone else who ate a contaminated food will be sick, too. If that is the case, you can start treatment immediately with simple and readily available ingredients from your kitchen.

1. Ginger
Ginger is an excellent home remedy for curing almost all types of digestive problems related to food poisoning. Add a few drops of ginger juice to one teaspoon of honey and swallow it several times a day to reduce inflammation and pain. 

To make ginger tea, boil one teaspoon grated ginger in a cup of water for a few minutes, add sugar and your tea is ready, drink one cup of ginger tea after eating lunch or dinner to stop heart burn, nausea and other symptoms associated with food poisoning. 

2. Basil
Basil is an excellent herbal home remedy that can cure infections caused by food poisoning. You can get the benefits from basil in several ways. Add basil leaves, some sea salt, and a pinch black pepper to three tablespoons of plain yogurt. Eat this three to four times a day until your symptoms are gone. 

Drink basil juice with a tablespoon of honey several times a day. Put a few drops of basil oil in one liter of drinking water. Drink it slowly throughout the day to kill bacteria causing stomach pain and other problems. 

3. Lemon
Lemon is a strong home remedy for food poisoning. The anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties in lemons can give you much relief. The acid in lemons helps kill bacteria that cause food poisoning. 

Just add a pinch of sugar to one teaspoon of lemon juice and drink it two to three times a day. You can also sip on warm water with lemon juice to clean out your system. 

4. Apple Cider Vinegar
It is a very good home remedy for food poisoning. Due to its alkaline nature, apple cider vinegar can alleviate various food poisoning symptoms. Apple cider vinegar will soothe the gastro-intestinal lining and kill the bacteria, giving you instant relief. 

Just mix two tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water and drink it before eating any solid food to prevent acid indigestion. Alternatively, you can drink two tablespoons of undiluted apple cider vinegar. 

5. Fenugreek Seeds and Yogurt
Yogurt is another anti-bacterial agent that can counter attack the bacteria that cause food poisoning. You can take one teaspoon fenugreek seeds along with a tablespoon of yogurt. You just need to swallow the seeds and need not chew them. The combining effect of fenugreek seeds and yogurt will give you an immediate relief from stomach pain as well as vomiting.

6. Garlic
Garlic is also very effective in curing food poisoning due to its strong antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It relieves symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain by destroying unhealthy microbes in the intestines.

Eat one fresh garlic clove, swallowing it with water. If you can tolerate the smell of garlic, you can also try garlic juice. 

7. Honey
Honey has both antifungal and antibacterial properties that can be effective for treating indigestion and other food poisoning symptoms. Honey as a natural remedy can be taken in its pure form or added to tea. A teaspoon of honey three times a day can do wonders to heal an upset stomach due to food poisoning and indigestion. It also controls the formation of excessive acid in the stomach.

8. Banana
Bananas are a rich source of potassium that greatly helps reduce the various effects of food poisoning. Because bananas are very soft,they are easy on the stomach. Eating just one banana will also help restore your energy level. You can simply eat a ripe banana or make a tasty and healthy banana shake and drink it two to three times a day.

9. Cumin
Cumin seeds can control stomach inflammation due to food poisoning. 
Just crush one tablespoon of cumin seeds and swallow it, then drink a glass of water. 
You can also make an herbal drink from cumin seeds, salt, and asafetida. Drink it two to three times a day. This will cleanse the system and relieve your symptoms. 

10. Herbal Tea
Sipping on different types of herbal tea can help soothe your disturbed system and keep your body well hydrated. Peppermint tea has a soothing effect on your stomach and can relieve stomach cramps. Comfrey root and meadow sweet tea will treat your stomach infection. If you are experiencing nausea, try licorice tea or chamomile tea as these teas will reduce inflammation and calm your stomach.

These natural treatments are sure to provide relief from the symptoms of food poisoning and help you get recover. However, if symptoms continue even after 48, consult your doctor immediately.

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