How to cure food poisoning

Calling all overactive bacteria! Keep your hands to yourself or you’ll find yourself unable to wipe that smile off of your face. If you have food poisoning, the symptoms are not just physical — they can be mental. You could be tempted to ditch school or work, but instead focus on getting better and learning how to cure it:

What can you do to cure food poisoning?

The best thing you can do is hydrate. Drinking lots of water helps flush out toxins from the system and gives your body the fuel it needs for recovery. Depending on how long you’ve been sick, there may also be some specific home remedies that will help your overall health as well as make transitioning back into a normal routine easier (like ginger tea or sugar water).

And the good news? If you’re sick enough to be in school, you probably don’t have to worry too much about missing work or a big test. As long as you’re able to rest and eat well, it shouldn’t be an issue.

Also Read: What to eat when you have stomach flu?

For example, if your sickness has lasted for more than 24 hours, stay home and drink warm liquid iron tea. It acts as a natural de-fizzer when mixed with some honey and is said to help strengthen your body’s immunity so that it’s better able to fight future bacterial infections.


The CDC recommends eating something small every two hours if food poisoning lasts longer than three or four days — like fresh fruit salad or smoothies (and yes, fruit salads are healthy). For example, during a recent study, researchers found that people who drank chamomile tea for a week were less likely to feel sick than those who continued to get sick.

It is said that some cultures have developed their own remedies for food poisoning. These may vary from person to person, depending on the region and local customs, but many involve the use of plants and spices. For example, Red Chile powder is a traditional Mexican remedy for food poisoning that is said to prime the body’s natural defenses in order to fight off bad organisms (like bacteria, viruses and parasites) that cause illness.

If you’ve been sick for more than a week — or cannot tolerate any food at all — you might want to consult your doctor.

Some steps to take to cure food poisoning

  • Alternate hot and cold drinks between meals to keep you hydrated.
  • Eat more fruits to help restore the body’s electrolytes — and boost your immune system.
  • Drink glass after glass of water or fruit juice, especially before heading back to the classroom or office.
  • Drink hot pepper tea made with one teaspoon of ground red chili peppers mixed into a cup of boiling water.
  • Keep sugary drinks on hand — like milk, ginger ale or lemonade.
  • If your symptoms are severe, seek medical advice right away!
  • Warm up soup in the microwave first before taking it out of the fridge (it will warm as it sits).
  • Eat easy-to-digest food (like milky cereal or oatmeal).
  • Consume small amounts of bland foods like toast, rice, bananas and potatoes.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and other drugs during illness — they may dehydrate you further.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water) to avoid dehydration.
  • Drink warm liquids like herbal tea, chicken soup or broth.

Food Poisoning can be caused by a number of factors including non thoroughly cooked foods or consumption of food that is contaminated with bacteria / virus / parasites. The main symptoms include nausea, vomiting , abdominal cramps, anorexia , diarrhoea and fever .

FAQs about food poisioning

What should I do, if I have a very severe case of food poisioning?
Consult your doctor or health care provider. They can tell you what to do.

Can I prevent food poisoning ?
Maybe by washing your hands after using the restroom and before touching foods. Also by avoiding the contamination of foods and surfaces that are contaminated by infected persons (this is common place in restaurants etc)

How do I know if my illness is food poisoning?
You don’t. You just get sick. Sometimes, you can’t tell that you’ve been poisoned; your symptoms might be like those of the common cold. Other times, you’ll have no clue that your illness is a consequence of eating spoiled food.

Should my child vomit up the spoiled food?
Yes, he should vomit it up as soon as possible after he or she has consumed it to reduce the chances of getting sick again from bad bacteria which could make him or her very weak and gravely ill. And also to reduce the possibility of infection from any germs that may be lurking in the stool.