Yesterday, I got food poisoning. Really bad food poisoning. Like, still-cannot-walk-without-help food poisoning and, though I know the best way to get over it is to drink water and wait it out, I figured I’d post some tips I found in the event any of you are having a rough week for your stomachs, too. If it’s more of a cold-type thing, we also have some tips for that! Whether it’s too much candy leftover from the stuff you got for trick or treaters or you’re still hungover from last weekend, try one of these tips to help you recoup.
Yesterday, I couldn’t get anything down for about twelve hours, so I was incredibly weak, but when trick or treaters started coming and I had to start handing out candy (i.e. my FAVORITE THING to do all year!) I knew I had to get a little more energy. I ate a couple Popsicles, as I couldn’t eat anything solid, and it helped me get some calories and sugar down, as well as a bit of hydration, so I didn’t feel quite so incapable of moving on my own. Plus, when your throat is raw from unpleasantries, these definitely help.
2. Mint Tea
My mother always used to make me mint tea when my stomach was in a lot of pain. The mint soothes your stomach and your senses, while the warmness of the water can help with post-throwing up pain in your throat.
3. Ginger Ale
As a person who has gotten severely ill on many a long drive, I can honestly say the only thing I’ll ever drink on trips is ginger ale. Specifically, ginger ale with real ginger, as that’s the main element that helps calm your stomach. The carbonation helps, as well (which is why if there’s none available, I’ll opt for a clear soda like tonic water or Sprite), but ginger ale is my go-to. In fact, it’s the only thing besides water I’ve had in the last 48 hours!
4. Somewhat burned toast
I know this sounds weird and gross, but it’s often effective; in the event of alcohol, pill or food poisonings, hospitals will often make patients drink liquid charcoal in order to neutralize the poison. The bread soaks up some of the toxins, as well, and it doesn’t have a strong taste so it won’t mentally make you feel more sick. I recommend eating it plain, as jelly/peanut butter/butter may only aggravate your symptoms.
5. Aloe Vera Juice
I genuinely do not like aloe vera juice. I think it tastes terrible and has a really, really weird texture. However, I would be lying if I said it didn’t do wonders for my stomach when I needed it, and most chefs I know swear by it as an effective helper against illness related to food.
Lovelies, have you tried any of these methods? Do you have any tips of your own? Share ‘em here!