Struggling with food poisoning? Wish this nightmare to end as soon as possible? It can be difficult to get rid of food poisoning when you are too tired from visiting the bathroom. But the good news? Some simple lifestyle changes can accelerate your food poisoning treatment.
Here are 5 easy but impactful lifestyle changes that can significantly help you become hale and hearty again.
5 easy ways to recover quickly from food poisoning
1. Follow Strict Hand Hygiene
In simple words, just wash your hands regularly and properly. As per the experts, hand washing has the power to reduce food poisoning and other infectious diseases like swine ’flu and pneumonia.
Whether you are using soap or Hand Sanitizer, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with warm and clean water. Moreover, don’t forget to dry them with a clean paper towel. It is noted that one should wash their hands with Hand Sanitizer for at least 15-20 seconds to get rid of all the harmful germs. It’s like singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice and there you go — clean and healthy hands.
In case you are travelling and don’t have access to water, carry Hand Sanitizer and cleanse your hands as and when possible.
2. Stay Hydrated
Food poisoning and its after-effects can result in loss of fluids in the body, which may lead to dehydration and eventual hospitalization. To avoid such a situation, make sure you drink plenty of fluids.
To begin with, take small sips of water or just suck on ice chips. After that, consider an electrolyte solution or vegetable and chicken broth and have it throughout the day. Do avoid caffeine, alcohol, or other fizzy drinks that will only worsen your situation.
3. Avoid Dodgy Restaurants
“So delicious. It’s just a small dish. What can happen if I just taste it?” Easiest way to fall into that trap in restaurants that are not known for their hygiene. Better be safe than sorry. Do not give in to the temptation. It is just not worth the suffering you have to go through.
In case you feel tormented by your hunger pangs, look for restaurants reputed for their cleanliness. You may as well carry your own home-made food or snack on healthy fruits when you travel.
4. Cook Meals Properly
It’s not just outside food you should be careful about; even home-cooked meals can be harmful if not prepared well. Here are some things you should keep in mind while cooking meals at home during your food poisoning treatment:
- Wash vegetables thoroughly to get rid of any germs from the surface
- Avoid raw ingredients in meals
- When preparing a meat or poultry dish, ensure it is cooked properly
- Keep raw foods (especially meat, seafood, and poultry) away from other foods until they’re cooked
- Avoid eating leftovers
Also, whether you are cooking or eating, don’t forget to wash your hands properly with Dettol Hand Sanitizer to ensure germs don’t transfer to your meals.
5. Say No to Dairy Products
If you have food poisoning, it’s best to avoid dairy products. As per doctors, dairy foods like milk, cheese, and yogurt can trigger diarrhea due to their lactose content. Even after you recover from food poisoning, say ‘no’ to dairy products to keep your tummy happy until you recover completely.
Other than that, you should also stay away from spicy and high-fiber foods until you finish your food poisoning treatment.
Take your prescribed medication on time, while you follow the above five tips to help speed up your recovery from food poisoning.