Food poisoning is an acute and distressing condition of an organism that can be caused by eating tainted, contaminated or expired food or drinking contaminated water.
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Depending on the amount of consumed food poison and strength of an immune system, he or she may suffer from:
- Vomiting and nausea
- Pain in the stomach
- Diarrhea (stool may contain blood and mucus)
- High fever and shivering
- Severe headache
- Loss of appetite
- Aching and weak muscles (special attention has be paid to this symptom, as if caused by botulism toxin, it is very serious and can result in an inability to breathe and even to lethal outcome)
- Dehydration – if the patient experiences a lot of diarrhea
Sometimes food poisoning may lead to more serious conditions than vomiting and headache, such as kidney failure, lever damage, and permanent disability; with the first symptoms of such conditions a patient should be immediately hospitalized.
What causes it?
The following bacteria and viruses often cause food poisoning: Listeria, boutulin, Campylobacter, hepatitis A, norovirus, and Salmonella. Also the causes of food poisoning can be toxic agents (present in wild nuts, mushrooms, fish, or pesticides in aw fruits and vegetables).
In case you have a light version of food poisoning, here are a few excellent home remedies that can be tried naturally at home to treat food poisoning:
Freshly boiled warm ginger tea (1 tsp of grated ginger boiled in a cup of water for a few minutes, add some honey to taste), or squeeze some ginger juice and eat with a tsp of honey and lemon.
- Mix thoroughly one cup of water and two tsp of natural apple vinegar.
- Drink 2-3 times a day.
- Eat 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds with 1 tsp of natural yogurt.
- Eat ripe bananas, take plenty of rest and drink lots of warm water with lemon and honey.
However if your food poisoning lasts longer than 2 days or you find blood or mucus in the stools, you should consult your doctor for proper medical treatment.
To minimize and avoid many bouts of possible food poisoning, follow these 6 simple steps:
Wash your hands
Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing foods and in all different stages of food preparation. Do not prepare food if you or your children are ill.
Use clean equipment
Use clean cooking equipment. Do not use the same equipment for different food products, such as meat, bread and vegetables. If you do, make sure to thoroughly wash it in-between steps. Also remember to wash your hands, it prevents the microbes from spreading.
Wash veggies and fruits
Wash all vegetables, fruits and berries, they are a surprisingly common cause of food poisoning. Berries coursed from abroad should be washed especially carefully and for longer time.
Cook meat well
Make sure that meat is thoroughly cooked. Cook minced meat, poultry and pork until it is well-done. Cuts of beef and lamb can be left medium-done in the inside.
Serve food immediately
Serve food immediately. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold or chilled. Pile any leftovers in a container and refrigerate it as soon as possible.
Store your ingredients, food, and leftovers at the correct temperature and in proper containers to prevent bacteria from reproducing. Check the use dates and best before dates on the packaging