Upset-stomach

How To Deal With Food Poisoning

In the unfortunate event that you eat some bad chicken, some dodgy seafood or rice salad that’s been left out too long, you might end up spending a night with your toilet instead of your bed.

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Food preparation, cleanliness and quality are all factors that can affect your stomach when eating out or even cooking in your own kitchen. And let’s be honest, food poisoning is an absolute bitch.

While being cautious when eating from street vendors, kebab shops and anywhere overseas can help you avoid the wrath of your upset stomach, sometimes you can get hit in the most unexpected of places. You wouldn’t think twice about eating cake batter or cookie dough, but those raw eggs pose a problem when it comes to sanitation.

While you usually can’t do anything about the unstoppable diarrhea or the gushing vomit that escapes from your mouth and nose, there are a couple of things that you should be doing to ensure that you help yourself recover from a nasty bout of food poisoning.

Drinking lots of water

You definitely need to rehydrate yourself after having some many fluids drained from your body. Making sure that you’re drinking enough water and having an additional oral hydrating solution is the best way to get the fluids back into your body and ensure that you don’t get dehydrated.

Eating bland foods

This one should be obvious, but when you’re suffering from food poisoning, the last thing you should be doing is re-eating things that made you sick in the first place. Eating dry toast and biscuits and avoiding dairy and meats should be your main priority to help yourself back to normal.

Staying home

You probably feel like you’re dying and you don’t actually want to go out anywhere, but don’t feel obliged to go back to work or attend any prior commitments while you’re recovering. You never know when you might need that toilet – it’s best to stay at home.

Go to the doctor

If symptoms are persisting, go to the doctor to get checked out. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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How To Soothe An Upset Stomach

Whether it’s that time of the month, an incoming cold or even something you ate – an upset stomach is never pleasant to deal with. The only way to feel better is to relax and take it easy, avoid junk food which will only make the problem worse and treat yourself with tea and fluids. You can also try the following home remedies which are sure to have you feeling better in no time.

Don’t over-eat

Avoid making the mistake of over-eating, especially during lunch and dinner time. This can only lead to an upset stomach which we all know is annoying to deal with. Snack often throughout the day on fruits, vegetables, nuts and yoghurt to keep your system regular.

Yoghurt

Although some forms of dairy may not be the best when paired with a sore tummy, yoghurt is packed with probiotics (good bacteria), which is sure to have you feeling better faster. Enjoy with nuts and wholemeal flakes to take the edge off.

Pukka tea

Pukka tea is specially formulated to provide powerful medicinal benefits which are fantastic for people suffering from an upset stomach. Lemon, ginger and manuka honey ($7.95) offers a modern take on a traditional winter remedy, and helps to soothe sore throats and calm down an upset stomach.

Limit fruits

Some kinds of fruits including apples, orange and melons are known to cause stomach related issues in some people. It is best to stay away from these fruits if you don’t have the best success rate when it comes to digesting them. If you’re still lacking that hit of vitamin C, why not take a chewable multi-vitamin instead.

White rice

There’s a reason why chicken soup always makes us feel better! Bland foods such as white rice, boiled potatoes and dry toast help to absorb extra fluids in the body and also keep the body full and satisfied.

Ginger

Not only is ginger great for relieving the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, but studies show they help our overall health. Throw in one gram of fresh, powdered ginger into your green tea to relax your stomach.

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