Article by Jennifer Maez
Do you have nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting? It could be food poisoning. Also known as food-borne illness, this is a serious condition that can lead to dehydration if left untreated, and definitely makes you miserable in the meantime. E. coli and Salmonella bacteria are two of the most common culprits. Food can become contaminated with bacteria, or may have just not been cooked properly. Your picnic might have started to go bad due to lack of proper refrigeration. Then bacteria begin to grow, and when you eat the contaminated food, your digestive system rebels. The vomiting and diarrhea are ways your body attempts to get rid of the contamination.
Many remedies help with the symptoms, but the underlying problem can continue on. In order to find relief fast, you have to get to the source of the problem: the bacteria. A good way to combat the offending bacteria is apple cider vinegar. The acids in the vinegar not only help soothe the stomach, they help kill the offending bacteria. To use it, take ½ teaspoon every hour. If you don’t like the taste, you can dilute it with a few ounces of water and some honey. One benefit to just taking it straight is that it is less likely to trigger another round of vomiting.
Another remedy to try is activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon. The charcoal acts like a sponge, absorbing toxins and bacteria, and allowing them to pass from the system without being absorbed by the body. Activated charcoal is used in emergency rooms for overdoses of many types of substances, especially those that were ingested (through the mouth). It is also commonly used in water filters, as it absorbs many toxins commonly found in water. Just in case you were wondering, this is not the same as wood ashes or barbeque charcoal. Try to get the types made from substances such as coconut shells, not petroleum. It is available in liquid form, tablets, and capsules from your local drug store. Be sure to follow the directions on the package, as every product may not be the same.
One final suggestion is olive leaf extract. Olive leaf extract is a proven antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal. It even has been shown to inhibit cancer cells. Olive leaf extract works to kill the bacteria that caused the food poisoning in the first place. Killing the bacteria will relieve the symptoms, often in only a few hours. Taking anti-nausea medication may help the nausea for a while, but won’t fix the underlying problem of germs. Without killing the bacteria, the symptoms will continue to plague you.
Finally, be sure to drink plenty of fluids to replace what your body lost during the illness. This will speed your recovery. With the suggestions above and extra water, you will be feeling better in no time.
Jennifer Maez is a freelance writer who, after living in 12 different states, currently resides in Colorado. She has a B.A. in Psychology. Jennifer enjoys hiking, plant identification, and meditation, and is a self-taught student of natural and holistic medicine. She enjoys cooking paleo dishes for her family, and is currently working on a paleo sauces cookbook.