Last Modified on Jun 23, 2015
Food that has gone bad or been contaminated by toxins, bacteria, or parasites can cause food poisoning, otherwise known as food-borne illness. And it ain't pretty! We've all been there, having eaten something we often knew wasn't a good idea or been surprised by food that was improperly prepared or stored. Picnics and food buffets are often at fault; when foods are kept above or below safe temperatures for several hours, pathogenic bacteria and viruses can grow to infectious or toxic levels. Meat and poultry are common sources, but so is water - especially if you've traveled somewhere new. So what do you do if you think you're in the early stages of food poisoning? Fortunately, there are fast-acting home remedies in your cupboard that can stop a bout of food poisoning in its tracks!
But first, what exactly are the symptoms for food poisoning? Well, they can be obvious (vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea) and occur within an hour or two after eating; however, the effects of a food borne disease can also be more subtle such as a fever or abdominal cramping and pain. In mild cases, food poisoning will resolve on its own. On the other hand if you see lasting or more significant symptoms such as blood in your vomit or diarrhea, see a doctor.
Find a Natural Cure for Food Poisoning
Hands down, the most popular home cure for food poisoning is apple cider vinegar (ACV). Pathogens such as salmonella are very sensitive to acids1, so ACV helps there, as does its natural antibiotic qualities. Will any old vinegar do as well? Possibly, but it's a questionable time to take the risk, no? Still, use what's on hand for fastest relief! Also, some have found relief from food poisoning symptoms in the toxin-absorbing qualities of activated charcoal. Check out that folk medicine cure and many others below!
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Activated Charcoal for Food Poisoning
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Activated Charcoal
The incredible absorbency of activated charcoal powder can suck up the pathogens that cause food poisoning and bring swift relief. Activated charcoal capsules are available at the drug store.
[YEA] I suffered one night of hell on earth when I ate oatmeal in which milk and sugar had already been mixed. It was bought in St. Maarten at an outdoor market. I took the apple cider dosage of two teaspoons in water, and it helped somewhat, but I still had the runs and cramps. Thank God I decided to check Earth Clinic, and found the additional recommendation of taking Charcoal tablets. I took 2 for a total of 560 mgs. Immediate relief of cramps and stoppage of the runs. Two hours later, a slight cramp and I took another 2 tablets. That was it .... I was able to go out and even forgot that just a few hours earlier I thought I needed to go to the emergency room. Apple Cider Vinegar water helped, but the tablets were the magic bullet.