Food poisoning – the stomach spasms, the weak feeling, the nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea – we’ve all been there at one point or another and it sure isn’t fun! Today I’m taking a look at the dos and don’ts of food poisoning, as well as some of my favourite products to help you to bounce back from these symptoms.
What you should do:
We become extremely vulnerable to dehydration when we vomit or have diarrhoea, so keeping your fluid levels topped up is a must! Even if you don’t feel like eating much try to drink plenty of water to help flush out your system and to keep your hydration levels up.
We lose important electrolytes with persistent vomiting and diarrhoea so I’d recommend replacing these by drinking an electrolyte drink. I’d recommend A.Vogel’s Balance Mineral Drink which is packed full of necessary electrolytes including magnesium, potassium, calcium, and zinc that can help replace those you have lost.
If you’ve ever had food poisoning before I’m sure you’ve got to that stage of being both hungry and afraid to set off a turmoil of sickness and diarrhoea again. In this case bland foods are the way to go; bananas, toast and rice are all good options. Not the most exciting of food I’ll admit, but definitely less likely to set off symptoms than a large fry-up or curry!
Ginger has antispasmodic properties and a soothing effect on the digestive system, so I’d try drinking a ginger green tea such as Pukka’s Three Ginger Organic Tea.
Wash your hands regularly
Washing your hands thoroughly and regularly when you have food poisoning is extremely important to prevent it from spreading to others.
Ultimately, there isn’t much you can do when it comes to food poisoning other than to let the virus run its course. Rest up and avoid spreading the virus to others by refraining from contact for at least 48 hours after your last bout of diarrhoea.
What you should avoid:
Drinking alcohol and caffeine
Both alcohol and caffeine are diuretics meaning that they cause you to urinate more often and can contribute to further dehydration.
Eat spicy foods
Or any heavy foods for that matter. When we suffer food poisoning our intestines are inflamed and aggravated. Eating spicy foods, and sometimes any food can result in a severe bout of vomiting or diarrhoea. Wait until your stomach has settled and you are completely free from symptoms before embarking on more adventurous foods.
Take anti-diarrhoea pills
When your body is vomiting or having bouts of diarrhoea it is trying to expel the harmful bacteria that is causing your food poisoning so taking an anti-sickness or anti-diarrhoea pill can actually make you feel worse by keeping all of these harmful toxins inside. So, unless you really feel you need to, or indeed have been recommend them by a doctor, anti-sickness and anti-diarrhoea pills are one I would avoid.
What other natural supplements could help?
As I have mentioned food poisoning causes inflammation and aggravation of the intestines. Silicolgel can help to provide a protective barrier in the intestines preventing any further irritation. It contains silic acid which has the ability to bind to harmful substances.
Tormentil contains tannins which are thought to help reduce skin inflammation which, in turn, can positively help diarrhoea symptoms. A.Vogel’s Tormentil Complex helps to soothe a tormented bowel, it helps to calm erratic gut contractions and maintain the normal rhythmic contractions of the lower bowel. A.Vogel’s Tormentil Complex also contains Avena Sativa that aims to help soothe and calm the digestive system.
After your food poisoning seems to subside it is a good idea to consider taking a probiotic to help restore your good gut bacteria. I always recommend Optibac. Here at Jan de Vries we love their honest approach that is backed by science and research to prove the claims they make about their products. After food poisoning I’d recommend their Probiotics For Every Day EXTRA Strength Capsules that contain a whopping 20 billion live cultures of 5 highly researched strains of good bacteria.
Finally, when it comes to food poisoning it is important to know when to consult your doctor. The symptoms of food poisoning can be dangerous – particularly the risk of severe dehydration. Look out for warning signs such as blood in stool and blurry vision. If you have been vomiting or have had extremely persistent diarrhoea for more than 24 hours get checked by a doctor.