Consuming tainted or contaminated food / water can lead to food borne illness or food poisoning. Common pathogenic bacteria like E.Coli and Staphylococcus are typically responsible for food poisoning. Natural or chemical toxins, parasites and viruses can also unleash a host of signs and symptoms – like diarrhea, vomiting, fever and severe body ache – which are generally associated with food borne illness. Incorrect cooking methods and /or unhygienic handling of food products can also cause food poisoning. Most cases of food poisoning can be resolved by taking plenty of rest and following simple yet effective home remedies.
Here Are 9 Wonderfully Beneficial Home Remedies for Food Poisoning:
Basil leaf is a fantastic herb that is widely acclaimed for its refreshing flavor and for its innumerable medicinal properties. Basil leaves can cure a variety of health conditions ranging from ear infection to food poisoning. The potent anti-bacterial properties of basil leaves can heal acute stomach infection caused by eating tainted foods and / or drinking contaminated water. Basil leaves also provide immediate relief from diarrhea and vomiting which are the main symptoms of food poisoning.
Grind a handful of fresh basil leaves in a mortar and pestle. To the freshly ground basil leaves, add a pinch of black salt, a pinch of black pepper and three to four tablespoons of plain yoghurt. Mix the ingredients well. Have the basil leaves and yoghurt blend a couple of times a day (at least three to four times) to overcome food poisoning.
Garlic is an indispensable flavoring agent in cooking. But for over five thousand years, this humble herb has been used as a potent ingredient, in numerous traditional medicines to heal a variety of illnesses. Medical research has revealed the fact that the diallyl sulphide present in garlic, is one hundred time more effective than conventional antibiotics when it comes to curing food poisoning. The antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal properties of garlic ,can annihilate the microbes which are responsible for causing food poisoning.
Grind one to two whole garlic cloves in a stone mortar and pestle. Dilute the garlic paste in a glass of warm water. Drink this concoction to get relief from the symptoms associated with food poisoning.
Cinnamon known as the ‘spice of life’ can effectively fight the bugs which causes food poisoning. Cinnamon contains numerous potent components which can kill several types of bacteria including E.Coli. To cure food poisoning, drink plenty of freshly brewed cinnamon tea. To prepare cinnamon tea, add one or two cinnamon quills (about 3 inches long) to one and a half cups of water. Allow the water to slow boil in a saucepan for twenty to twenty five minutes. When the water starts to boil remove the saucepan from the heat source. Allow the cinnamon sticks to steep in the water for five minutes. Strain the tea through a very fine sieve into a clean cup. Sip this tea slowly to get lasting relief from the symptoms associated with food poisoning.
Honey is not only nature’s energy booster, but it is also a wonderful natural remedy for numerous ailments. Honey which is touted for its innumerable beneficial properties is also an effective home remedy for food poisoning. Honey, especially organic honey like ‘Manuka honey’ has potent antibacterial properties that can thwart the growth of bacterial strains which are responsible for food poisoning. Organic honey also helps to reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract, due to food poisoning.
Dilute one teaspoon of organic honey in a glass of luke warm water. Drink this sweet concoction two or three times a day to get relief from food poisoning.
This rhizome is famed for its anti-septic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Eating raw ginger will increase the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Increasing the natural acidity levels of the stomach can thwart the growth of harmful bacterial including E.Coli. Furthermore, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can provide instant relief from the numerous symptoms which are generally associated with food poisoning.
To prepare this particular home remedy for food poisoning, mash half an inch piece of whole ginger (after removing its outer skin) using a stone mortar and pestle. Add half a teaspoon of organic honey to the ginger paste. Mix the ingredients well. Have this mix once or twice a day to cure mild to moderate food poisoning.
6. Lemon Juice
The anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and immunity boosting properties of Vitamin C rich lemon juice makes it one of the top natural remedies for food poisoning. Drinking pure lemon juice (not diluted lemon juice) can increase the natural acidity levels of the stomach. This in turn can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria like E.coli and Staphylococcus. Lemon juice can also help to relive the pain associated with food poisoning by reducing the inflammation of the intestinal tract. Individuals who are suffering from the ill effects of food poisoning are advised to take one to two tablespoons of pure lemon juice four to five times a day.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a traditional remedy for food poisoning. The numerous amino acids, vitamins and minerals which are present in organic apple cider vinegar can fight off innumerable ailments including food poisoning. Apple cider vinegar can kill off the bacteria which are responsible for food poisoning. Additionally, drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water can also help to rehydrate the body. To cure food poisoning, drink two teaspoons of neat apple cider vinegar twice a day.
People who are suffering from food poisoning should eat soft, bland foods like bananas. Bananas contain high amounts of potassium. Eating potassium rich foods like bananas can help to reduce the negative effects of food poisoning. Furthermore, bananas can also help to restore flagging energy levels. You can prepare a low fat banana shake by blending one whole banana with a glass of low fat milk. Drink the energizing banana shake two times a day to recover quickly from food poisoning.
9. Cumin Seeds
The unassuming looking cumin seeds are known to cure a variety of health conditions including food poisoning. The aromatic cumin seeds can help to improve digestion. Cumin seeds also help to reduce inflammation of the intestinal tract due to food poisoning. To get relief from the abdominal pain due to food poisoning, crush one teaspoon of whole cumin seeds. Add the cumin seeds to a cup of warm water. Drink this concoction once or even twice a day to get instantaneous relief from food poisoning.