Natural Remedies to Fix a Shitty Situation

Natural Remedies to Fix a Shitty SituationDid you know that approximately 76 million Americans suffer from various degrees of common and life-threatening food poisoning every year? That’s a really BIG number! This gastric nuisance is responsible for putting people in quite a shitty situation with stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and a loss of appetite out of the fear of more diarrhea. The good part is that there are a handful of simple and natural treatments that you can opt for to ease yourself… well temporarily at least.

Ginger goodness!
Yes, this peculiarly tasting veggie is loaded with natural goodness and strong anti-inflammatory compounds that to quash nausea and gastric discomfort. So if you’re feeling a bit queasy after eating something unappetizing, don’t hesitate to drink a cup or two of some refreshing and healthy ginger tea. Go for organic instead of the supermarket crap.

Androgaphis is a herb!
Don’t worry, it’s natural. Andrographis is a Chinese herb packed into this scientifically sounding capsule the works great towards preventing ‘things’ from moving any faster. In fact, most herbal medication does the job a lot more effectively and without side-effects.

A few drops of a dragon’s blood
Commonly found in South America, but still available worldwide, the Amazon herb Dragon’s Blood is another herb that facilitates the speedy recovery of proper bowel movements in a jiffy. As the name suggests, it’s a fluid and just a few drops should suffice.

Apples please!
Gastric acidity often follows food poisoning. A good way to neutralize the acidity in your stomach is by taking in two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water. The vinaigrette is acidic in nature but has an alkaline effect owing to the way it is metabolized in the body and helps to relieve some of the symptoms of food poisoning.

The awesome power of yogurt!
Bacteria are responsible for the curdling of milk and giving us deliciously sweet and sour yogurt. Ironically this byproduct of bacterial activity has very strong antibacterial and anti-microbial properties and works very well against most non-life-threatening bacteria that cause food poisoning. A couple of spoons should just work well – flavored would be better. And would be even better is to toss in a spoonful of fenugreek seeds; just don’t chew them or they’ll be hard to swallow.

Fresh lime and 7-up anyone?
Lemon juice too has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties that work fantastically to counter some of the lesser serious effects of food poisoning such as nausea, cramps and farts. You could try the conventional simple lemon juice recipe, but it works wonders – both for the stomach and the taste buds when paired with a fizzy… preferably white.

But if you wind up with being even sicker – chills, fever, and runnier diarrhea, don’t waste time and run to your nearest urgent care center.

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Fight Off Food Poisoning in Warmer Weather

Fight Off Food Poisoning in Warmer WeatherIn warm-weather months, who doesn’t love to get outside for picnics, backyard gatherings, and of course delicious foods? But high temperatures raise your chance of getting sick from things you eat. Learn how to handle food properly to avoid the misery of food poisoning.

It can be hard to keep foods safe to eat during warmer weather. If you’re eating or preparing foods outside, you may have trouble finding places to wash your hands, keep foods cold, or cook at the proper temperature—all of which are important to prevent foodborne illness.

“Food poisoning occurs if the foods you eat contain certain microbes or the toxins they produce,” says Dr. Alison O’Brien, a food safety expert at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland. “You can get sick directly from swallowing the toxins. Or you can get sick if the microbes get into your gut and start to multiply.”

Each year, about 1 in 6 Americans get sick from tainted foods. Most foodborne illnesses arise suddenly and last only a short time. But food poisoning sometimes leads to more serious problems. Foodborne diseases kill about 3,000 people nationwide each year. Infants, older people, and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk.

Many people know the symptoms of food poisoning: vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, or chills. The sickness may be mild or severe. It may last from a few hours to several days. The symptoms and length of illness depend on the type of disease-causing microbe or toxin you’ve swallowed.

The leading cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in the U.S. is norovirus. This highly contagious virus sickens more than 20 million people nationwide each year, leading to vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus outbreaks can occur anywhere people gather or food is served.

“You can get norovirus when a sick food handler contaminates your food, possibly by not washing their hands well enough after touching the virus,” O’Brien says. “Swallowing just a little norovirus can make you very sick.”

Several types of bacteria can also cause food poisoning. Some foods you buy, such as raw meat or fruits and vegetables, may already contain bacteria that you need to wash off or cook to destroy. Bacteria can also thrive in certain foods if not stored properly.

Bacteria like Staph and Bacillus cereus can make you sick quickly, within 1 to 7 hours. These bacteria produce fast-acting toxins in foods (such as meat or dairy for Staph, and starchy foods like rice for B. cereus). Keeping such foods refrigerated at 40 °F or colder helps slow or stop the growth of these bacteria.

Other bacteria, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, don’t make you sick until they get in your body and multiply. With these microbes, it can take 12 hours or a few days for you to feel ill. “Symptoms can include fever, cramps, and sometimes bloody diarrhea,” says O’Brien.

When you have a foodborne illness, you usually need to drink plenty of fluids. “But see a doctor if you have blood in your stool,” O’Brien advises. “And if a child seems to have food poisoning, you should have the child seen by a doctor.”

Prevent Food Poisoning
-Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soapy water before and after handling food and after using the bathroom.
-Wash fruits and vegetables.
-Avoid undercooked seafood, meats, and eggs.
-Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices away from other foods.
-Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Promptly refrigerate foods that can spoil.

This article was written by News in Health (NIH)
Managing Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Editor: Vicki Contie
Contributors: Stephanie Clipper, Vicki Contie, and Alan Defibaugh (illustrations)

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