Home Remedy For Food Poisoning!
A trip to the emergency room for food poisoning can cost over $400 if you don't have health insurance. And even if you do have insurance, the hospital visit can be excrutiatingly cold and uncomfortable. When you get food poisoning, the routine treatment is simply to put you on an IV for a few hours to keep you hydrated (and the IV fluids are kept cold, which makes you cold as they travel through your veins), while laying in a bed in a cold hospital room. Hospitals are kept cold to keep bacteria and viruses down. So here you are, freezing, and all you receive are three hours of IV fluids, and some medicine for nausea. If you could save your time, money, and comfort to treat food poisoning very easily at home...would you?
Apple Cider Vinegar Cures Food Poisoning
I had no health insurance. I had lost my job of ten years, of which I had very good health insurance. And now here I was, with no health insurance...and with FOOD POISONING!
How do you know it's food poisoning?
I knew it was food poisoning because I'd had it twice already -- both times after eating out at a restaurant. What usually happens is a few hours later, your stomach doesn't feel so hot. But you think, "Aw, it's just upset stomach...it'll go away once I fall asleep."
But that's not what happens.
Instead, your stomach gets progressively worse until you finally jump out of bed at 2am with a sudden need to vomit. You rush to the toilet and lose your cookies, then you think all is OK and you can go back to bed.
But that's not what happens either.
Instead, you find yourself running to the bathroom every 15 minutes to vomit some more. Only now, you are all out of cookies, and instead you are dry-heaving (vomiting nothing really, which is very painful, and you're doing it so much that you can't even get a breath in). Next thing you know, your body is feeling so weak that you don't even want to get out of bed anymore -- so you keep a trash can by your bed, so you can just lean over when you need to. And it doesn't stop. It goes on like this....for HOURS....until you finally say, "Enough! Take me to the emergency room!"
Well, like I said, the third time I got food poisoning I didn't have health insurance. I also didn't have a few hundred bucks to shell out for the emergency room and meds. So I asked my boyfriend to please search the Internet to see if there were any home remedies for food poisoning. I asked him to be sure to triple-check his findings against multiple websites that were unrelated to each other, in hopes of getting real information.
Over-and-over again, he found "Apple Cider Vinegar." Drink it straight (undiluted), 1/4 a cup (or a full shot glass).
So I tried it.
I had already been dry-heaving for at least two hours, so there was absolutely nothing in my stomach, and I was able to hold the vinegar down. The key here is to NOT dilute it! It is very tempting to want to chase it down with some water, but that will dilute it and it won't be effective in killing the bacteria that's causing you to be sick. So drink it straight! Plug your nose! And keep your nose plugged for a while after, because it's gross.
Another thing we learned was that for extreme cases of food poisoning, it is OK to use Heinz brand Apple Cider Vinegar (as long as it's the real stuff, and not the apple cider "flavored" stuff, which is NOT the same thing). However,the absolute best kind to use is a raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar that has the "mother" in it (floating organisms that are very good for you, similar to probiotics in yogurt). It looks strange, but it is good for your health. The two most common raw organic brands I've found are Bragg and Spectrum. If you decide to use the Heinz (again, not the best choice) the most important thing is that you DON'T get the kind that says Apple Cider "Flavored" -- because that's not the same thing! It needs to be real apple cider vinegar. Normal vinegar is toxic to the body (a lot of people don't realize that); while all vinegar is acidic to begin with, real Apple Cider Vinegar is the only vinegar that has an alkaline effect in the body, rather than acidic.
The first time I used Apple Cider Vinegar to fight my food poisoning, I used the Heinz and it worked just fine. I drank 1/4 a cup (or a full shot glass), and I was 100% better within the hour. It was amazing.
Since then, I have had food poisoning two more times. The second time, I used the Bragg and it worked just fine.
The third time was a bit different, however....I may have had some sort of flu because, although I had the type of vomiting associated with food poisoning, I also had chills. But again, I did not have health insurance, so I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar. I drank a shot glass of the Bragg, but I threw it right back up (I was still in vomiting mode, and had not yet hit dry-heaving stage). So I had to take it again, but was still struggling to hold it down. I was eventually able to hold it down, but it took a couple tries. Then I suddenly got a craving for apple bits, so I asked my boyfriend to peel and dice an apple into tiny little pieces. I put a piece in my mouth and sucked and chewed on it until it was flavorless and dry. I did not eat it, I just spit out the fiber. Then I did that a few more times. I eventually fell sound asleep...and when I woke up five hours later, I was 100% better! I'm talking about not feeling sick or weak at all -- it was like it never happened. Amazing!
So there you have it! An alternative to running to the hospital for a simple (yet painful) case of food poisoning! (And possibly other vomit-related illnesses).
OF COURSE, if your vomiting does NOT stop after several tries with the vinegar, and you are unable to comfortably get back to sleep, then you should probably seek medical help. It may not be food poisoning if the Apple Cider Vinegar doesn't help you. In my last case above (with the potential flu symptoms involved), I was very afraid that it could be swine flu. But I had heard that swine flu involves respiratory problems (coughing, breathing problems) and my breathing was just fine, so I tried the vinegar, and I lucked out.
Raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar can be such an amazing thing, and treats so much more than just food poisoning, such as arthritis, GERD, acne, warts, and moles. It even supposedly helps break down fats when taken before a meal (in addition to preventing food poisoning). Check it out for yourself! It's very interesting.
Hopefully you have learned something new, like I did. I hope this helps you save money and cold uncomfortable visits to the emergency room in the future! Take care. And please, research this subject for yourself. You will see that it really is worth a "shot!"
- Use raw, organic, unpasteurized, and unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (pasteruizing and filtering is what removes the "mother"), such as Bragg brand.
- Never, ever use Apple Cider "Flavored" Vinegar -- it is NOT the same thing!
- Plug your nose while chugging it! And keep it plugged for 30 seconds afterward (to give the taste time to dissipate). It's gross, but you get used to it.
- Swish your mouth out with water immediately after, to get the taste out, and to get any vinegar off your teeth.
- If you feel that you must drink water, then drink no more than the same amount of ACV (if you drank 1 shot glass of ACV, then do not exceed 1 shot glass of water). You may actually want to take an aspirin before returning to bed, so a shot of water might be good. (I've done it.)
- If you throw it up the first time, no worries -- just take it again.
- Prop yourself up in bed. When you are in vomit-mode, this can help you get back to sleep easier by making you and your stomach more comfortable. If you don't have a high-angled bed wedge or a fancy adjustable bed, you can simply use a large blanket to make a mound at the head of your bed, and then place a long pillow vertically over it (where your back will rest against). The pillow just provides a more solid foundation, so you aren't directly on a lumpy blanket mound (this is what I do).
- Rub your tummy gently with your fingertips. It helps me -- it might help you.