Food poisoning is rampant, and in some cases it can lead to serious injury or even death. Fortunately, there are numerous protective measures you can take to prevent food poisoning at home and when you’re eating out. In this article I’ll share these tips plus ways you can heal from food poisoning if you do contract it.
Your Unique Diet
Different ways of eating work best for different people depending on their unique circumstances, lifestyles, and health issues. Some people choose to eat vegan or vegetarian, while others choose to include meat and animal products. My goal is to help protect and support you and your health on your unique food journey, regardless of what dietary choices you follow.
Food Poisoning Consequences
Food poisoning is serious, and unfortunately it’s very easy to contract. During the Thanksgiving holiday alone, thousands of people contract food poisoning because of undercooked turkey. If someone comes down with food poisoning, various strains of E. coli may be wreaking havoc in their gut. This bacteria can move through the gut, drill into the linings of the colon or another organ, and may create chaos in the gallbladder and/or appendix. Some people experience ulcerative issues and/or damaged linings in the intestinal tract and colon. In certain cases, people are forced to undergo gallbladder removal surgery or an appendectomy.
If someone goes to the E.R. with food poisoning, there’s little a doctor can do other than keep an eye on the patient and administer fluids to keep the patient from dying of dehydration. Symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and/or pain can last for multiple days.
Cooking At Home
People usually prepare meals at home more than they eat out. Taking these protective measures can ensure greater health and safety for you and your loved ones:
It’s not about being a perfectionist in the kitchen, but it is about doing the best you possibly can to keep you and your family safe.
Eating at Restaurants
The kitchens in restaurants are typically intensely busy. The pressure is unbelievably high and there are a number of moving parts.
In restaurant kitchens, raw poultry, meats, and fish are frequently washed in the same sinks as the lettuces and other vegetables. This regularly leads to cross-contamination. Countertops and surfaces in kitchens are often not cleaned thoroughly, which also leads to frequent cross-contamination.
Plus, chefs and cooks often throw on a pair of gloves after cutting themselves, and then remove them a couple of days later–but these old cuts can still bleed on and off.
Tips When Eating Out
Here are a few things you can do to help avoid food poisoning when eating out:
When you enter restaurants with a greater sense of awareness you can enjoy yourself while protecting your health as best as possible.
Foods to Arm Yourself
Many foods have amazing healing qualities. These foods in particular may help you avoid food poisoning:
Oregano Capsules: Take an oregano capsule before heading out to eat. Just one capsule has the ability to help prevent food poisoning. If you take a capsule before a meal out, the capsule will be ready to disperse around the food in your stomach once you begin to eat and digest. You can think of oregano as a powerful safety barrier against Salmonella and E. coli.
Garlic: Asking for garlic to be added to both cooked and raw dishes when you’re out at a restaurant can be a wonderful protective measure. Raw garlic is a powerful weapon that can spread throughout the stomach and kill bacteria.
Thyme: If you’re at a restaurant, ask if the kitchen has some fresh thyme the chef can sprinkle on your dish.
Peppermint: Peppermint tea has powerful antibacterial qualities. Many restaurants have peppermint tea, but you can also bring your own tea bags from home. Sip this drink before and during your meal.
Ginger: Ginger can kill bacteria in the stomach. Drinking ginger tea before and after your meal is a highly protective measure.
Lemon: Squeezing a lemon onto your dish can offer wonderful protection. If you order a raw dish, even in a vegan or plant-based restaurant, squeeze a generous amount of lemon juice onto the meal. Lemon juice can act as an incredible antiseptic. You may even want to drink some lemon water alongside your meal.
High-quality salt: Try adding a pinch of high-quality sea salt to your meal, as the salt can help kill off bacteria.
Sometimes you have to be flexible when it comes to choosing where to eat. Fortunately, the list of foods above can be powerful weapons at any restaurant you choose. Don’t feel uncomfortable about sticking a lemon in your purse or a tea bag in your pocket before you head to a restaurant. Arming yourself with these secret weapons can keep you from getting sick.
Avoiding Raw Meat & Fish
Certain doctors say that animal protein and animal products can kill you because they can clog your arteries, raise your cholesterol, and increase your risk of a heart attack. But there’s more to it than this. In their raw form, fish and animal proteins such as chicken, turkey, and steak can be dangerous. If you eat these types of food raw, you could lose your life. If you want to look out for your health, eliminate steak tartare, raw fish, or any type of uncooked animal protein from your diet. Raw fish, while popular, is a prime way to get a dangerous bacteria or worms.
Grass-Fed & Free-Range Versus Factory-Farmed
If you include meats and other animal products in your diet, choosing high-quality options can better support your health and safety.
Grass-fed beef and free-range chickens are less likely to contain dangerous strains of Salmonella, E. coli, and other harmful bugs and bacteria compared with meat from factory farms. Purchasing grass-fed meat from small farms can be a wonderful step towards greater safety, but most small farms still have to ship their meat to a factory for processing. Some factories handle mostly grass-fed and free-range products, but other factories handle both grass-fed and grain-fed products, which means cross contamination can occur.
Salmonella and other harmful bacteria can also be found on the outside of most conventional eggs. By contrast, free-range eggs rarely have Salmonella and other dangerous bacteria on their shells. Nonetheless, if you suffer from viral issues, neurological problems, or any kind of autoimmune disease, it’s best to eliminate eggs.
My Food Poisoning Story
When I was a young child, I went out to eat at a restaurant with my family and chose a menu item that Spirit advised against ordering. I ended up getting horrible food poisoning, and I nearly died. I was agonizingly sick for weeks and eventually recovered after Spirit instructed me to eat only heirloom pears from my great grandfather’s pear tree for a period of time. Fortunately, this protocol helped me recover, and I became a lucky survivor of food poisoning. Many people aren’t so fortunate. I’ve witnessed hundreds of cases of food poisoning throughout the years and have heard numerous food poisoning-related stories. Sadly, not everyone who contracts food poisoning survives.
Recovering from Food Poisoning
If you take measures to protect yourself but still end up getting food poisoning, know that there are a few things you can do to support your body as you heal. Hydrating yourself throughout your illness is essential.
If you’ve suffered from food poisoning in the past, you may want to apply this information to knock down old bacteria that could still be in your system.
Do you need to stop eating your favorite raw salad at the local vegan restaurant? No. Do you need to stop eating animal products if you feel healthy and happy? No. This information is not meant to alarm you, deter you from eating out, or in any way cause you to stop living your life to the fullest. Instead, this knowledge is meant to empower you so that you can enter each new situation with the tools and wisdom you need to thrive.
Instead of living in fear, put on your armor of protection by asking the right questions at restaurants, ordering and asking for what you need, bringing along items that can support you, and taking precautions in your own kitchen when you’re cooking.
This item posted: 05-Apr-2017
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