How Garlic Can Help Prevent and Treat Food Poisoning Including Salmonella

To understand how to combat salmonella holistically and naturally, one must understand what salmonella is. Salmonella is in fact a large family of bacteria, some of which are responsible for the many illnesses in animals and humans. It causes typhoid fever and more commonly the well publicized food poisoning.

Salmonella exists in the bodies of animals but is capable of surviving for extended periods outside of the body. It is zoonotic which means it can be transmitted from animals to humans.This is why it is imperative to wash ones hands as the bacteria can move externally. Once ingested into the host the bacteria multiples. Most commonly it is contracted from improperly. In some instances, popular preferences and cooking styles prevent the elimination of the containment, as is in seen in the conventionally cooked eggs which, unless they are cooked thoroughly, remain. Sunny side up, over easy, even the mildly undercooked eggs will harbor the bacteria. However, salmonella is not only carried in eggs and has been found in foods of many varieties.

The symptoms of salmonella are vomiting,diarrhea, cramps and fever. The illness will typically run its course in a week or more, but if the symptoms persist, one should consult a physician.

How can garlic help? Garlic contains a sulfur compound called allicin which has antibacterial properties. Garlic has been used since ancient Rome as an antibacterial agent. The popularity in recent times has been increased as antibacterial resistant strains of various bacteria have emerged. Garlic, however, seems to have the advantage of being proved to be used for millennial without the various bacteria growing accustomed to and resistant to it.

The added benefit of garlic is that it boots the immune system. This is crucial as the major problem with people suffering from food poisoning is that in someone with a weakened immune system, the symptoms will likely be worse, as will the effects of the illness. Those who succumb to food poisoning will tend to have a more compromised immune system. Garlic has been shown to increase immunity in those who take either supplemental garlic or fresh garlic.

One of the traditional reasons for incorporating garlic was for the same reason hot chili peppers became common in cultures without refrigeration. It helped prevent the food from growing bacteria and also helped the individual who consumed it from becoming ill. It would be advisable for everyone to take supplemental garlic regardless of the situation. However, considering the contaminated food-chain and the ever increasing disregard for cleanliness in both production and transportation, it would seem imperative to take garlic as a precaution.

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