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Food Poisoning

 

Is caused by eating food that is infected with bacteria, toxins or chemicals.

What to look for

It normally causes some combination of abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea that may or may not be bloody, sometimes there are other symptoms.

You may came down with food poisoning if you have eaten food that is in infected by chemical agents, bacterial or viral agents. This can give you a mild to very painful discomfort.

Causes

 

If the food you have eaten is contained with a germ (salmonella), that is when Bacterial food poisoning happens. There are harmful bacteria they grow in cooked and raw meat and fish, prepared foods left at room temperature too Lang and dairy products. If a person is infected or ill can transmit bacteria to foods that they are preparing.
If you have badly canned or bottled products they can contain a bacterium that does not need oxygen to grow and is not destroyed by cooking the food. This bacterium causes botulism, this is a rare but potentially fatal food poisoning.
You should visit your doctor is you are worried or if your symptoms last longer tan two days, but if you have mild symptoms you probably don’t need a doctor.

Dietary Considerations

Slowly restore your strength after the symptoms have subsided, eat food like bland vegetables, bananas and white rice. Eat plain acidophilus yogurt or take acidophilus capsules to restore essential bacteria to your digestive tract. Try to avoid unfermented milk products this may be difficult to digest.

Prevention

 

Always wash your hands after your have been to the toilet and before you prepare any meals and start to cook, you should practice good hygiene.
Don't soften frozen meat at room temperature. Let it soften gradually in a refrigerator, or in a microwave oven and cook immediately.
You must avoid uncooked marinated food and raw fish, eggs and meat. You should cook all such foods thoroughly.
Do not eat any food that looks or smells rotten, or any food from swelling cans or cracked jars.
You must never eat cooked meat or dairy products that have been out the refrigerator more than two hours.

When to seek further professional advice

If you have any of the above symptoms
If the vomiting or diarrhoea is serious and lasts for more than two days.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Try one or more of these alternative remedies while the body rids itself of the poison.
Herbal Therapies : take ginger (Zingier officinal) this can be an effective remedy for nausea. To help soothe stomach and intestinal membranes try an infusion of catnip (Nepean cat aria), slippery elm (Alums folia) or meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
You should also try some chamomile tea as this will help soothe your stomach.

Homoeopathy : you should try some of the following over the counter remedies- Nux Vomica, Podophyllum, Aresenicum album or Veratrum Album.

Traditional Treatment

The body’s way of flushing out the poison is through diarrhoea and vomiting to get it out of your system. If this happens it is advisable not to take something for it, that stops this natural process form happening.
You should drink plenty of filtered water because of repeated diarrhoea or vomiting this removes large amounts of water from your system. It will help to replenish your system.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00