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Got Food Poisoning? Here is What to Eat and Drink to Recover and What Not To

Food Poisoning is a very common health problem and can happen to everyone right from children to adults and even people of old age. It is a troublesome disease characterized by constipation and vomiting. It drains your body completely and in order to revive your health, it is important to take medicines. Food is an equally important factor to resume proper health. Here is a list of what to eat after food poisoning and recover well.

What to Eat After Food Poisoning?

1. Bananas:

The health benefits of banana are numerous. It is not only rich in calcium, it is also a great source of probiotics. Since bananas are a great provider for healthy bacteria, which are great for the gut, it is advisable to consume bananas after you have suffered from food poisoning. It is easy to digest and keeps the stomach feeling light. It also ensures that your stomach feels full and at the same time provides you with energy that you may have lost due to constant vomiting and diarrhea.

2. Rice:

Rice is also an easy to digest food item. It also is a great source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are broken down in your body quickly and provide you with instant energy. You may add some sale and pepper to the rice. Make sure they do not have to many spices and also contain more water. Having more water in the rice keeps the rice soft to eat.

3. Egg Whites:

You could also eat eggs but only the white portion. Do not eat the yolk. The yolk is difficult to digest and could exert pressure on your digestive system.

4. Potatoes:

You could soft boil the potatoes and mash them. Add salt to taste and also some pepper. Do not add oil. These may not taste too good but potatoes provide starch to your body. Starch is nothing but simple sugar that keeps you full and active.

5. Ginger:

Food Poisoning attacks your digestive system and makes it difficult for you to eat proper food. Ginger acts as a digestive agent for your body. Whatever you eat, be it rice, potatoes, eggs or even soup, you must add a bit of ginger to the same. It will accelerate the digestion of food in your stomach and keep your digestive system strong.

6. Honey:

Honey is also a very light food item. This is hence an advisable food item to consume after food poisoning. Honey is also very sweet. It is thus a good alternative food item to your bland food and loads of medications.

7. BRAT Diet:

BRAT stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. These are the four things to eat in case of stomach ache. This diet is particularly suggested for gastrointestinal problems. This diet is usually adopted when one needs to consume light food that is healthy and fulfilling as well.

8. Yogurt/Curd:

Yogurt is the only dairy product whose consumption is permissible during and after food poisoning. It receives this importance due to the presence of probiotic components which aid in digestion. Yogurt is good to taste and a variant food option.

9. Apple:

It is rightly said that an apple a day keeps a doctor away. Food poisoning makes you weak. Apple is an iron rich food that prevents diarrhea. It is hence a recommended food item for all patients suffering with food poisoning.

10. Coffee:

Drinking black coffee stops loose motions. Mix some coffee in boiling water. You may add some sugar and very less amount of milk to this black coffee.

11. Pomegranate:

Pomegranate too helps in strengthening the digestive system. It prevents diarrhea and provides energy to the patient. You may add pomegranate to yogurt and consume it for best results.

List of Drinks to consume after Food Poisoning:

1. Electrolyte Water:

The body loses a lot of salts due to vomiting and diarrhea. These salts need to be compensated for in the body. These salts can be obtained from ORS powder. The ORS powder is available in all pharmaceutical stores. It contains minerals like potassium, sodium, etc. which are lost from the body after constant loss of water due to food poisoning. Mix a packet of ORS powder in warm water. Add a pinch of salt to this water too. Now drink this water at regular intervals.

2. Ginger Tea:

We have the role of ginger for our stomachs. Making tea using ginger is extremely beneficial for your appetite and metabolism in day to day life. The benefits of ginger tea are better realized after food poisoning. Ginger ta helps in reducing stomach ache and also beats symptoms of nausea. Note how you can make it right here.

Ingredients:

Fresh ginger, lemon, 1 cup water and a bit of honey.

How to Prepare:

Take a bit of ginger and cut it into small pieces. Put a cup of water to boil and add these ginger pieces to the water. Now let the tea steep. Strain and add honey. You may also add a few drops of lemon to this tea. Drink the tea while its still warm.

3. Vegetable/ chicken Broth:

You can boil a few vegetables and drink the water from it. It will provide your body the nutrients it has lost. Drinking chicken broth void of any spices also compensates for your nutrients. This is more like soup but it must neither have oil nor any spices. Just add some salt and a bit of pepper for taste. You may use ginger to make the broth.

What Not to Eat and Drink?

1. Dairy Products:

Dairy products are particularly heavy to digest. It includes milk, cheese, etc. The only dairy product that can be consumed is curd or yogurt.

2. Alcohol:

Alcohol cannot be consumed at all. It exerts pressure on the digestive system. It can aggravate vomiting. Alcohol is a health hazard and hence must be avoided.

3. Spicy Food:

Spices can make it difficult for the food to digest. Spices also cause acidity.

4. Food Containing Fiber:

Fiber acts as a laxative. It clears the stomach and eases excretion of waste from the body. During food poisoning, one already goes through the problem of loose motions. It is thus necessary to control the passage of motions and not accelerate the excretion further. Thus, avoid fiber rich food.

5. Meat:

Meat takes too much time to get digested. It exerts pressure on the digestive tract. One must hence not eat meat when suffering with food poisoning.

Food Poisoning is caused due to a lot of factors ranging from contaminated food to dirty and unhealthy water. Often people resort to over the counter medications for food poisoning. However, it is not advisable to consume any kinds of medications without doctor’s prescription. A doctor may be able to tell what is best for your health. One must ensure to stay hydrated during such times.

Shabnam Vandeliwala

Venturing into writing is my second most admired hobby after litigating in courts. An advocate by profession, writing gives me immense sense of satisfaction especially in the time that I'm free from other work.

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