What to take if u have food poisoning?

We’ve all had those moments where we regret eating that extra cheesy burrito or those sushi rolls that looked a bit too suspicious. In the midst of extreme stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, it’s hard not to panic and wonder what on earth you can take to help fight off food poisoning’s wrath.

But fear not, for in this article we’ll be sharing some common (and uncommon) remedies that may help alleviate your symptoms and get you back on track to health again!

Hydration is Key

One of the most important things when dealing with food poisoning is staying hydrated. This means drinking lots of water (either plain or electrolyte-enhanced) throughout the day.

Avoid Solid Foods (for now)

As unpleasant as it sounds, solid foods should be avoided during this time so as not to make matters worse. Focus instead on consuming clear liquids like broths, apple juice (unsweetened) and coconut water.

BRAT Diet is Your Friend

Once your body can handle small amounts of solids again, introduce bland foods known as B.R.A.T diet – Bananas,Rice,Applesauce,Waffles(unprocessed)or white bread . These are gentle enough for an upset stomach but provide valuable nutrients needed at this time.

For later stages add Eggs(scramble), roasted chicken(plain), cooked vegetables(carrot,potato etc).

Spoiler Alert: Activated Charcoal isn’t All That Great

Some people recommend activated charcoal supplements after experiencing food poisoning symptoms. While it may seem appealing because it supposedly “absorbs toxins,” there are no conclusive studies indicating its effectiveness against bacterial infections which cause food-borne illnesses .

Though highly popular in social media circles beware before taking a risk.(check against other ailments such allergies,epilepsy etc).Activated Charcoal should onlybe taken after a doctor’s recommendation.

Say Yes to Probiotics!

Probiotics are the good bacteria your gut needs more of when food poisoning strikes. They’re especially effective for those who have had gastrointestinal issues in the past or anyone on antibiotics that may cause an upset stomach.

Foods high in probiotics such as yogurt, kombucha and kefir or supplements should be consumed post-illness.

Medications to Avoid

A general rule of thumb is any medication whose primary function is pain relief or reducing inflammation should probably be avoided since they can mask symptoms thus making it harder to properly identify what’s wrong with you.(But please note that some doctors wont recommend chemical medications until months reapse)

Over the counter medication which might help:

Do consult pharmacists before buying these medicines.These could prove beneficial in mild cases:

  • Pepto-Bismol (Bismuth subsalicylate): treat diarrhea

  • Anti-nausea medicine : Dramamine(Dimenhydrinate) ,Nauzene (phosphoric acid),Emetrol(fructose+ Phosphoric acid) etc..

However do not overmedicate yourself without guidance from medical professionals. Female readers take caution: Pepto-Bismol, B.Doxylamine and other chemicals have harmful side effects while pregnant/breastfeeding women.

Don’t Let Food Poisoning Get You Down!

Food poisoning can knock us off our feet, but armed with this knowledge, you’ll be better equipped next time something suspicious passes your lips. With plenty of fluids, bland foods and perhaps some helpful supplements thrown into the mix like probiotics,you’ll bounce back quicker than ever – so go forth and eat fearlessly…but maybe avoid that sushi place down street for awhile!

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