Keep food poisoning at bay

Any time you sit down at a restaurant — or around a dinner table with your family — you want to believe that the food you’re eating is safe.

But the fact is, you’re at more risk of developing a bad case of food poisoning today than at practically any point in your life.

That’s because food standard agencies are only inspecting a small fraction of the food that ends up in our kitchens, and food contamination is rife.

About 128,000 of people who get food poisoning end up in hospitals and around 3,000 die.

Most of us don’t think about food poisoning until it’s too late and we’re practically glued to the toilet. But following my simple list of dos and don’ts could help you recover from a case of food poisoning quickly — and may even save your life.

Food poisoning DOs:

Replace your fluids: Dehydration is one of the biggest risks of food poisoning. Make sure you’re continuing to drink lots of clear fluids — and stay away from anything that might upset your stomach, like milk.

Use ginger to control the nausea: Ginger capsules and teas can help give you relief from the constant nausea. You can also buy ginger gum pretty cheaply at many drug stores.

Help clear the food poisoning with bentonite clay: Edible bentonite clay can actually bind with the toxins that are making you sick and help shuttle them out of your body. And the sooner your body gets rid of what’s making you sick, the sooner you’ll feel better.

Food poisoning DON’Ts:

Take an anti-diarrhoea med: Your body is trying to expel the contaminated food from your system. It’s important to let nature take its course.

Try to tough it out: While cases of food poisoning usually resolve on their own, you need to be on the lookout for symptoms that could be dangerous. These can include heart palpitations, blurred vision, a high fever, or vomiting or diarrhoea that last more than a couple days.

Print this article and keep it somewhere where you’ll be able to find it. You can never tell when food poisoning will strike — but knowing exactly what to do is critical.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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