The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that foodborne illnesses are two times more common during the summer months than during other parts of the year. This is because the bacteria that causes food poisoning grows faster in hot and humid climates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 76 million people fall ill with food poisoning each year. Older adults, young children and anyone with a weakened immune system may be more susceptible to food poisoning.
First let’s talk about prevention. Prevention is just as important as the treatment of food poisoning. Food poisoning may be prevented by keeping perishable foods refrigerated or in a cooler with ice. Food left out of refrigeration for more than two hours may not be safe to eat. In temperatures higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, food should not be left out for more than one hour. But what if you still somehow get sick, despite taking preventative measures?
Arsenicum Album is a commonly used homeopathic remedy for the treatment of food poisoning. Keynotes for its use may include: diarrhea following rancid food, fever, vomiting and diarrhea, and great thirst but only for small quantities of cold water.
Another homeopathic remedy to consider is Podophyllum Peltatum. Keynotes for Podophyllum Peltatum include: watery, profuse, painless, gushing and/or offensive diarrhea that drains you dry. Symptoms are often worse after eating or drinking. You will typically feel weak after passing stool and may also be experiencing painful cramps in the lower abdomen.
If you feel a little queasy, Ginger Tea can help settle nausea. Ginger is loaded with potent anti-inflammatory compounds that help to suppress nausea and gastric distress. Probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus, can help rebuild the presence and balance of good bacteria in the gut. (Daily use of probiotics may also be helpful in preventing the onset of food poisoning by boosting beneficial bacteria in the gut.)
It’s always important to contact your Primary Care Physician or go to your nearest Urgent Care or Emergency Room whenever you suffer from long-lasting or severe food poisoning. If your primary care physician decides you need an antibiotic therapy, consider taking probiotics a couple hours after taking the antibiotic.
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