Food poisoning is caused due to contamination of food from bacteria, virus or even chemicals. It can cause serious gastroenteritis like symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps etc. Today we will take a look at ways to treat food poisoning stomach cramps and get better quicker. Do read our article on best remedies for stomach flu as well.
Bed rest is one of the most important things to do in order to cure food poisoning fast. Sleep as much as you can so that your body, mainly your gut, heals quickly.
2. Stay hydrated
Dehydration is one of the most common side effects of gastroenteritis and food poisoning. You must drink plenty of water and clear beverages that your stomach can handle. Herbal teas, fruit juices Echinacea tea etc are wise choices.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Organic ACV actually binds to the toxins in the stomach and expels them quickly. So drink diluted apple cider vinegar (one tbsp added to an 8 oz glass of water) a couple of times a day. You can consider this as the best over the counter medicine for food poisoning.
4. Colloidal silver
Take a teaspoon of colloidal silver as soon as you experience food poisoning symptoms. This tasteless remedy helps remove poison from the intestine and also alleviates stomach cramps. You can take colloidal silver every two hours until you feel better. Mix it up with some juice or water as you like.
5. Activated charcoal
Activated charcoal binds itself to the poisonous elements and helps throw them out. Keep activated charcoal pills (250 mg each) on hand always especially when you go camping, trekking or hiking where there is possibility of encountering contaminated food or water. At the first sign of symptoms of food poisoning, take a couple of pills.
To treat food poisoning at home, make a tea with hot water and turmeric. Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a cup of warm water. Squeeze some lemon juice and add a bit of honey to it. Drink this every few hours. You can also take 2 capsules of turmeric extract (250 to 500 mg) every 4 to 6 hours. The curcumin antioxidant in turmeric reduces toxins and strengthens the body’s immunity to fight the poison. Make sure you drink plenty of water as turmeric can sometimes cause constipation.
7. Take garlic
Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. It has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic can heal the gut quickly to cure food poisoning fast. Roast some garlic cloves and add them to soups or broths. You can also chew some garlic cloves raw or mix them up with a bit of honey if you do not like its acrid taste. You can also take garlic pills.
8. Aloe Vera
This remedy soothes sore stomach and intestines caused by food poisoning. Take some juice of Aloe Vera or simply cut open the leaf to eat the gel inside. Continue taking the gel/juice all day until your cramps ease up.
9. Lugol’s iodine
Add some iodine drops to a glass of water and drink up. This will ease bloating, diarrhea, painful cramps and vomiting.
10. Ginger root tea
Ginger is anti-inflammatory and aids in digestion. It also helps settle the stomach to prevent gas, nausea and vomiting. At the first sign of gastroenteritis symptoms, take ginger tea mixed with a bit of honey. Repeat every few hours. You can also take ginger pills every 4 hours.
11. Black tea or black coffee
Many people have reported feeling better with black tea or coffee. Both these beverages settle the stomach and relieve food poisoning fast. Black coffee is especially effective for diarrhea.
12. Take probiotics
One of the best foods to cure food poisoning fast is to eat more probiotic foods. These replenish good bacteria in the gut and strengthen the immune system to fight off bad bacteria. Probiotic foods include yogurt, miso, sauerkraut, and kefir. As soon as you are not throwing up or nauseous any more, eat these foods in small quantities.
13. Supplement with electrolytes
Your body loses plenty of salts through vomiting and diarrhea. So you need to replenish them by eating foods rich in potassium such as bananas, orange juice etc. Also rehydrate with sports drinks. Water, herbal teas, soups, broths, stews and juices are best.
Eating a couple of dried or fresh figs can also help prevent diarrhea and loose stools. Figs settle the stomach to alleviate symptoms of food poisoning fast.
15. Lemon juice and cayenne pepper
Whenever you eat out, consider drinking a glass of lemon juice before eating. You can also take cayenne pills (500 mg) before meals. This is surefire remedy to prevent upset stomach and food poisoning.
16. Slowly start solids
The first few days after food poisoning, try not to over indulge. Limit your food intake to oatmeal, dry toast, bananas and rice. Later you can add some lean protein and fruits and vegetables. Continue drinking plenty of water.
We hope these remedies help you feel better soon.