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Food Poisoning

According to the Food Standards Agency, it is estimated that up to 5.5 million people in the UK are affected by food poisoning each year but only a small percentage of their family doctor visits or seek medical advice. Because less than 100,000 cases a year are tested for the exact cause of food poisoning. However there are more than 200 known diseases transmitted through food.

Some food poisoning can produce symptoms within 30 minutes to several hours but most cases take between 12-48 hours. However if food poisoning is caused by infection with Campylobacter, it may take a week or longer to develop symptoms.

So what are the symptoms?

This can vary, depending on the cause but the most common symptoms are vomiting, stomach aches and diarrhea. However, symptoms may also include fever and chills, not as descriptive as weakness and fatigue. or as significant as stools, dehydration and muscle soreness.


We can divide food poisoning into two groups

Infective Agent

Includes viruses, bacteria and parasites.

& # 149; Campylobacter, found in raw chicken, unpasteurized milk, red meat and untreated water.

& # 149; Salmonella is the most common type and is found in unprepared milk, eggs and raw egg products, raw meat and chicken

& # 149; Listeria, Shigella (wandering diarrhea) and clostridia.

& # 149; Staphylococcus Aureus, Clostridium Perfringens and Bacillus Cereus. This bacteria causes vomiting and diarrhea to moderate.

& # 149; Normal gut bacteria can cause food poisoning such as E. Coli E157 can cause severe illness, kidney failure or blood loss.

Toxic agents

& # 149; Poisonous mushrooms

& # 149; Incorrect exotic foods are provided

& # 149; Pesticides in fruits and vegetables.

Usually food poisoning will clear within a few days without medical intervention but the duration of recovery depends on the type of infection, age and fitness of the person and whether he or she has other medical conditions ...


Good hygiene practices will reduce the risk of food poisoning. Do not store cooked food raw, discard any food that is past its sales or are unsure, store all kinds of food and beverages from household chemicals, such as cleaning and bleaching products, check that your refrigerator and refrigerator are in good condition and set at the right temperature. The refrigerator should be 0-4 ° C (33.8F - 39.2F) and frozen should be less than -18 ° C (-0.4F).

Most important wash your hands after visiting the toilet, before handling food or touching ready-to-eat foods.

During stress, travel, illness, dietary changes (including going out for dinner), and taking antibiotics, unfriendly pathogens sometimes overpower friendly bacteria in our digestive system. In this situation, I would recommend the use of Probiotics ( (capsules containing beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum). Many of you will certainly eat probiotic bacteria in yogurt but in the above circumstances, you will need billions more bacteria to save you. With high-strength capsules, you will be taking 20 full yogurt in a way that is easier to overcome. This will also strengthen your immune system


You may be given antibiotic courses depending on the cause but do not eat any food when you are sick or vomiting. Always your stomach for an hour after the pain and then try a small sips of water. If weak and tired then sleep.

Once the vomiting has stopped you will speed up your recovery by taking the above mentioned probiotic bacteria.

You may be dehydrated to gradually build up fluids such as water, or use pharmaceutical rehydration powder. Make sure you drink regularly.

Avoid alcohol because it will make you dry.

Avoid sports drinks or sugary drinks as the sugar content may increase diarrhea.

Ensure good personal hygiene to prevent illnesses from others.

Only try eating again after you have been free of illness and diarrhea for several hours. Eat a few simple foods that are easy to stomach (like rice, bread, potatoes and low sugar cereals)

Are there side effects from taking Probiotics?

Probiotics are acceptable and safe. There are no reported drug interactions or adverse effects, and no known excess risks. Probiotics can be taken by pregnant women, breastfeeding and can be given to young people as early as practical.


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