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Food Poisoning

What is food poisoning?

Food poisoning is an illness caused by consuming contaminated food, especially when eaten raw. In most cases, it is caused by food contaminated with bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, or virus (such as norovirus).

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of food poisoning may range from mild to severe depending on the germ consumed. The most common symptoms would be:

  • Stomach discomfort
  • Stomach cramps/ stomach ache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

It is advised to see a doctor when food poisoning symptoms progressed such as:

  • Prolonged fever/ high fever
  • Chronic nausea and vomiting
  • Chronic diarrhea (last more than 3 days)
  • Signs of dehydration (little urine, dry mouth, dizziness)

Causes of food poisoning

These are the following causes that may result to food poisoning:

  • Bacteria or their poison (toxin) and viruses
  • Chemicals such as insecticides, weed killers and drugs.
  • Metals such as lead, copper, mercury
  • Poisonous plants and marine products such as mushroom, fungus and shellfish.

How to manage food poisoning

After recovering from food poisoning, the effects of constant vomiting and diarrhea, the gut microbiota may not be at the best state; lower gut friendly bacteria and gut environment may not be as great. Hence, it is highly recommended to consume prebiotic and probiotic to replenish the gut microbiota as well as making the gut more livable for gut friendly bacterias again. With YourGutt Instant Probiotic, it contains prebiotic, probiotic, and postbiotic to replenish your gut microbiota in no time!

References

https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/symptoms.html

https://journals.sbmu.ac.ir/afb/article/view/21127

https://journals.lww.com/jcge/Fulltext/2016/11001/Probiotics_History.3.aspx

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