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Lifestyle Treatments For Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a generalized term for any instance when you eat or drink something that infects you with harmful organisms. Your body reacts by trying to eliminate the bacteria from your gastrointestinal tract, resulting in cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some extremely severe types of bacterial food poisoning can be treated with specific antibiotics. Unfortunately, there is no cure for most cases of unidentified food poisoning. You just have to wait it out for a few days and give your body time to heal. While you are dealing with food poisoning, a few lifestyle changes can make a big difference. These treatments will help your body to fight off the food poisoning while you remain as comfortable as possible.

Take A Break From Eating

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In the early stages of food poisoning, it is a good idea to take a break from eating altogether. When you first get sick, you tend to deal with violent stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. This happens because the body is trying to empty out the gastrointestinal tract to expel the organisms causing the food poisoning. When you put more food in your stomach, it just triggers the reflex all over again. Doctors typically suggest patients avoid solid foods until they can keep down fluids without vomiting or diarrhea. However, going more than a day or two without eating is also not ideal, so this treatment should be brief. You might worry about getting hungry, but do not worry. Most patients with food poisoning are feeling too bad to care about a temporary lack of food.

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