Avoiding Food Poisoning

If you have ever had food poisoning, then you know how awful it is to have it. Many people describe it as feeling like they are “dying”. Food poisoning comes in all different varieties just like a jar of salsa: it can be mild all the way up to pretty serious where the ambulance may have to be called. Yes, you can actually die from food poisoning.

It typically occurs when your body doesn’t “agree” with something that you have eaten. In all actuality, food poisoning is usually a good thing (if you think about it) because your body is rejecting some foreign entity that could potentially lead you to have worse problems. Therefore, each of us has a built in mechanism whereby our bodies expel the things that we feel won’t contribute to our health. The perfect example to use here is undercooked meat or fish. Why people will continue to eat raw fish, aka: sushi, I will never know. Additionally, I was watching a program the other day in which a female chef actually ordered a stake rare…rare! The cameras showed a close up of her cutting into her steak, and I almost thought that I could hear the final “moo” come from the dying cow on her plate. It was disgusting.

If you do happen to get this, no matter what, it is extremely important that you drink plenty of fluids. This is even more pressing if you get it during the summer where the heat alone can dehydrate you. The reason why you need to consume as many fluids as possible during and after you have had this is to replace the fluids that are being expelled at a large rate by your body. If you find out after a few days that you can no longer stomach (no pun intended) having food poisoning, then it’s time to see a doctor. While drinking water can work many wonders, it cannot replace all of the nutrients that your body loses.

There have been some cases in which the person was hospitalized and fed food intravenously so that their body wouldn’t go into shock. This is why you’ll often hear people recommend that you should try to eat something bland in between bouts of this poisoning. Usually, the type of food that they are referring to is along the lines of some unsalted Saltine crackers or perhaps a piece of bread, some weak chicken broth, etc. You don’t want to eat things that are going to upset your stomach further. Also, it is best to refrain from the urge to take some sort of medication (unless the doctor gives you the ‘ok’) because chances are that any medicine you take is going to be coming out of you one way or the other.

Last, you should make sure that you get plenty of rest. While it is not necessarily contagious, germs always are. The last thing you (or your coworkers) need is to go into work with an emergency bag “just in case” or disturbing others with frequent trips to the bathroom.