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Food Poisoning - Thumbs DownHave you ever eaten food and gotten sick? It’s hard to avoid. You get a stomach ache, nausea, headache, and all sorts of manifestations that indicate you’ve eaten something that you shouldn’t have.

You can get food poisoning from all sorts of food. Just because the food you buy is processed doesn’t mean that it won’t give you a bad reaction. How about the recent recall of the brand name peanut butter? Or last Halloween, I ate a major brand candy bar and immediately became ill, a fever with shivers, my digestive tract went haywire and I dropped to the ground unconscious. Later, I had a bad case of the runs. And it took a while for the toxins to leave my body.

But just what, exactly, is food poisoning?

Definition of Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a general term for health problems arising from eating food contaminated by viruses, chemicals, or bacterial toxins. Types of food poisoning include bacterial food poisoning, shellfish poisoning, and mushroom poisoning. The medical term for food poisoning is gastroenteritis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are up to 33 million cases of food poisoning in the United States each year. Many cases are mild, and they pass so rapidly that they are never diagnosed. Occasionally, a severe outbreak creates a newsworthy public health hazard, but these instances are rare. Anyone can get food poisoning, but the very young, the very old, and those with compromised immune systems have the most severe and life-threatening cases.

Causes & Symptoms
General indications of food poisoning include diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, gurgling sounds in the stomach, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Dehydration is a common complication, since fluids and electrolytes are lost through vomiting and diarrhea. Dehydration is more likely to happen in the very young, the elderly, and people who are taking diuretics.

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Okay! So you’ve consumed bad food and it’s wreaking havoc as it moves through your digestive system. What can you do about it?

Well, aside from rushing off to the hospital, you can keep a bottle or capsules of Acidophilus Probiotic in your refrigerator:

Lactobacillus acidophilus, commonly referred to simply as acidophilus, is a friendly inhabitant of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It, as well as some related strains of bacteria, is known as a probiotic. Probiotic organisms secrete enzymes that support healthy digestion. They keep the flora of the intestines and vagina balanced, and compete with some pathogenic organisms. When the probiotic population of the body is severely decreased, as can occur with treatment by many antibiotics, yeasts and harmful bacteria may take over and cause illness. Normal and healthy amounts of acidophilus can also be decreased by chronic diarrhea, stress, infections, and poor diet.
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I would recommend you get Acidophilus at a health food store. Take it! It will put back the digestive bacteria used by your stomach to break down food again. And let some time pass. And then let whatever it was that is battering your intestinal tract pass.

Get the right acidophilus

Look at the label of what you are buying and make sure that the acidophilus culture doesn’t have preservatives such as potassium sorbate in the ingredients. You certainly don’t need that after having your intestinal tract waylaid by bad food or drink. See if you can pick up a product that is just plain old Lactobacillus Acidophilus.

Or you can buy some organic raw milk and drink it. Organic yogurt is good, too — but you have to read the label to see what else might be being added. See if you can get it as close to real, actual unprocessed FOOD as you can. Cooked (otherwise called "pasteurized") organic milk has lost much of its nutrients and probably the good bacteria too.

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2 Comments for "What is Food Poisoning?"

  1. Diane Vigil

    Yes, I remember the Halloween candy episode. Not sure I’ve ever been quite so alarmed.

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    […] The above symptoms give you an idea though the mercury poisoning symptoms cross over into food poisoning symptoms too. You still have to "experience" the illness too, perhaps, show up at a hospital if it's too […]

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