Lifestyle Treatments For Food Poisoning

Drink Small Sips Of Clear Fluids

The main danger when you have food poisoning is dehydration from all the vomiting and diarrhea. Many patients end up in the hospital with an emergency IV following a bout of severe food poisoning. If you want to avoid this, make sure your fluid intake remains high. Unfortunately, putting anything in your stomach may cause cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea to start up again.

The best way of keeping liquids down is taking frequent small sips of clear fluids. Water is always helpful, but keep in mind you may also need electrolytes to help keep the fluid balance in your body at a safe level. You can get electrolytes by sipping on certain sports drinks, or a salty, clear fluid like chicken broth. Avoid liquids with excess sugar because this may further upset the stomach. Some patients find fluids with ginger or mint in them, such as ginger ale and herbal tea, can have a calming effect on nausea when sipped slowly.

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