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What to do about food poisoning?

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It takes very little: a food stored or cooked in the wrong way and the first troublesome ailments begin: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. There is no doubt it is food poisoning and the symptoms do not lie. In most cases the food poisoning and the symptoms that normally accompany it are resolved within a few days, without the need for medical intervention: but there are a number of natural remedies that can alleviate this uncomfortable situation and make faster the healing process and the return in full form.

Food poisoning symptoms and remedies

Important: in the case of people at risk (elderly, children or pregnant women) or if the symptoms of food poisoning are particularly serious and last longer than two or three days, it is always necessary to refer to your doctor.

First rule: to hydrate to reintegrate

The symptoms that accompany food poisoning, especially vomiting and diarrhea, involve a high loss of liquids: it is necessary to replenish the lost fluids, taking water, tea, and light tea. To avoid alcohol and coffee, which cause a further state of dehydration. A good way to replenish water and minerals is to drink vegetable juices to prepare at the moment with a good cold extractor, like Estragon Pro. Avoiding the solid part all micro-nutrients are absorbed in a few minutes.

Decrease inflammation: diet to detoxify

Food poisoning induces an inflammation of the whole digestive system: consequently, a diet is necessary that does not further strain our body. A purifying diet, based on fresh and healthy foods, can help the body in the natural process of eliminating toxins produced by the state of food poisoning. The first thing to do in case of food infection is to replenish the fluids lost through vomiting and diarrhea, drinking moderately and at regular intervals, possibly adding to the water a little ‘kitchen salt, preferably integral, to replenish the mineral salts and lemon juice for its disinfectant properties. In the first hours following food poisoning, it is advisable to observe fasting, while subsequently, it is essential to follow a detoxifying diet able to purify the digestive system. Avoid coffee, cigarettes and alcohol and, at least for the first day, solid foods to avoid further straining the digestive system.

You can instead take herbs and spices with antispasmodic, astringent and disinfectant properties. Ginger, for example, has excellent digestive properties and is able to contain nausea and vomiting. A fennel infusion can help against abdominal pain, which helps to absorb excess gas and relieve stomach spasms.

The blueberry is instead endowed with astringent properties and can be taken whole or dried as an infusion.

Blueberry infusion: add 4 tablespoons of dried berries in a liter of water, boil for 5 minutes, rest for another 5 minutes, filter and consume two cups a day away from meals.

Gradually fresh and purifying food can be introduced: vegetables, fruit (especially bananas, rich in potassium), broth, white rice, rusks, extra virgin olive oil, etc.

Following a food infection, due to diarrhea and vomiting, there is a significant loss of sodium, potassium, and glucose. Here is a particularly moisturizing drink to drink to restore the balance of nutrients in the body: fresh fruit juice shake including bananas (rich in potassium), half a tablespoon of sugar (to replenish glucose), a pinch of the whole salt (rich of mineral salts). It may also be useful to take lactic ferments and probiotics to restore the intestinal bacterial flora and take solutions containing electrolytes to recover lost nutrients.

Food poisoning can be very debilitating and requires a period of rest and recovery of forces that cannot be overlooked. For this purpose, it is advisable to allow all the hours of sleep that the body needs, without setting the alarm. If, after a few days of food poisoning, the symptoms of food infection persist, you should consult your doctor.

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