Food poisoning is something that most people experience at one point or another and something you almost assuredly will never forget. It is that awful of an experience, similar to a bad case of stomach flu. Of course, it is not something that one anticipates, at least most of the time. Here we take a quick look at the causes of food poisoning and some excellent natural remedies and supplements that can help someone overcome it or recover from it.
What Is Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning, formally known as foodborne illness, is when infection and digestive tract upset occurs from the consumption of certain food or drink, such as undercooked meat or an extreme excess of consumed alcohol or liquor.
Its symptoms can range from mild to severe, and they can last from a few hours to several days. Typical symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, pain in the abdomen, fever, and headache. Dehydration is a complication that often accompanies food poisoning, as well, and its symptoms include dizziness & lightheadedness, extreme thirst, and discolored and/or reduced urination.
It is possible for anyone to get food poisoning. However, members of these following demographics are more likely to both contract and suffer more serious symptoms from food poisoning: infants and children, pregnant women, older adults, and the immunocompromised.
Causes of Food Poisoning
Viruses, bacteria, and parasites are responsible for most cases of food poisoning, and harmful chemicals are other possible causes as well. These microbes can spread to food at different stages of their processing, whether while harvested or slaughtered, while being processed and shipped, or while being prepared.
The types of foods most likely to contain microbes include fresh produce, raw or undercooked meat, fish and shellfish, unpasteurized milk or juices, and deli foods.
Remedies for Food Poisoning
The following products have the potential to either mitigate the symptoms of food poisoning, help one recover faster, or both. It is recommended that you talk to a doctor before using these remedies to treat food poisoning.
Activated charcoal can help prevent toxins from being absorbed by the stomach, thereby reducing the potential severity of food poisoning. The recommended dosage is 1,120mg every 3-4 hours taken orally.
Garlic is a healthy food that is commonly recommended as a remedy. Garlic is a helpful digestion aid because it helps restore the pH balance in the GI tract when it has become upset. An oral garlic supplement taken two to three times per day is recommended.
Probiotics can be useful to consume during food poisoning in order to restore the healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. Food poisoning can bring in a swathe of bad bacteria that cause stomach upset, and supplementing probiotics (good bacteria), which are necessary for proper digestion in the first place. They can help soothe the gut and bolster recovery.
Vitamin C can help treat food poisoning because it has antioxidant properties that can help remove toxins and bacteria. It is recommended that someone with food poisoning take vitamin C in relatively high doses; 1,000mg 3-4 times per day is ideal. Taking vitamin C can actually help relieve the abdominal cramps and vomiting that occur from food poisoning.
While food poisoning usually passes within a day or two, it can be very uncomfortable and even painful, and sufferers typically are motivated to do whatever is right and healthy to hasten their recovery, preferably with someone close to you offering care; symptoms can be so severe that for a period of time self-care simply isn’t practical or possible. The above products can be valuable in easing the pain and symptoms of someone experiencing food poisoning. Keeping these on hand for you and your family can make a real difference if food poisoning occurs. You want to be prepared with remedies already on hand, because if and when you are afflicted with food poisoning, you will likely not be in any kind of shape to be able to get your hands on remedial supplements without outside help.
Note: if your symptoms persist for more than about 24 hours or so with little or no reduction in severity, it might be advisable to have someone drive you to an urgent-care clinic equipped to provide advanced treatment such as medication administered via an IV (the writer of this blog speaks from personal experience with food poisoning (twice).