food poisoning remedies

You’ve probably heard of salmonella, listeria and e.coli… these are just a few of the nasty pathogens that can result in food poisoning, often because of eating undercooked or reheated food or raw, unwashed vegetables. While following safe food handling guidelines is essential to minimise the risk of exposure to these pathogens, unfortunately you can never truly eliminate it.

This article from The Lost Herbs with Nicole Apelian discusses the two methods for treating food poisoning (attacking the pathogen and neutralising their toxic effects), and provides some simple home remedies to help ease symptoms once the worst has passed.

From The Lost Herbs…

Treating food poisoning can be a tricky task. For one, without formal testing, it’s hard to know exactly what caused it. You may suspect the egg salad, but technically it’s innocent until proven guilty. This is because food poisoning can be caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, chemicals or toxic substances (both man-made and natural).

In most cases, it’s about managing the symptoms after a bout of food poisoning, because let’s face it – you’re unlikely to keep anything down during it.

How To Treat Food Poisoning at Home

There are no hard-and-fast rules about determining who the guilty party was, but below are several sources of food poisoning depending on pathogen type:

Salmonella– Under-cooked poultry and eggs

Listeria– Processed meats and soft cheeses

Escherichia coli (E. coli)- Under-cooked meat and raw, unwashed vegetables

Campylobacter– Poorly sterilized processed foods and drinks

Norovirus– Undercooked or raw shellfish

Staphylococcus– Un-cooked or re-heated food

Mycotoxins– Mouldy food such as cereal, grain, nuts, and dried fruit

What To Do At Home After Food Poisoning- onion, garlic, chilliThere are two methods for treating food poisoning: attacking the pathogen, and neutralising their toxic effects.
Attacking the pathogen usually involves compounds that can inhibit its reproduction and spread, or destroy its protective biofilm. These include natural antibiotics and anti-fungals such as honey and olive oil or antivirals such as bitter melon and hyssop. Toxins can be minimised or even neutralised with compounds which alter their expression, such as garlic, onion and chilli or mustard, or their toxins absorbed by activated charcoal. A simple broth with garlic, onion, mustard, goosefoot (Chenopodium album) and some chilli can neutralise many of the toxins produced by pathogens.

In most cases, it’s about managing the symptoms after a bout of food poisoning, because let’s face it – you’re unlikely to keep anything down during it.

Find out more …. click here for the rest of the article from The Lost Herbs.

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