You certainly have heard about salmonella, right? 

Many people know it as the biggest responsibility for food poisoning. 

Salmonella enterica and Salmonella bongori are types of bacteria transmitted by poorly cooked eggs, chicken, beef and pork, non-pasteurized dairy, seafood, or contaminated vegetables. 

Did you know that Salmonella bacteria can affect chickens' ovaries and infect an egg even before it is laid? 

Some food can also be contaminated by animal feces or by people who handle infected foods and don't wash their hands properly after going to the toilet. 

Did you know that gastric acid usually destroys Salmonella? 

So, to actually suffer from food poisoning, it is necessary to consume a great amount of this bacteria, unless the person has a gastric acid deficiency. 

This deficiency can happen in: children under 1-year old, old people or people who take antacids or any medicines that suppress gastric acid production. 

The main symptoms of this sickness are abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, and they usually appear 12 to 36 hours after the ingestion of contaminated foods. 

In most cases, the symptoms occur for a limited and determined period. 

This way, the treatment can be done at home, aiming to alleviate the symptoms and keep the patient well hydrated. 

If you have symptoms of food poisoning, learn about 3 natural medicines that will help you: 

Ginger water
Garlic tea
Activated charcoal 

Did you know any of these natural medicines to treat food poisoning at home?

For a quicker recovery, remember to:

Drink lots of water, coconut water, and natural juices;
Rest and stay at home;
Eat light foods, such as fruits, cooked vegetables and lean meats; 
Avoid fatty and heavy foods; 
Avoid alcoholic or carbonated beverages; 
Avoid taking medicines to stop diarrhea. 

If the infection doesn't go away after 2 days, even after following one of these homemade treatments and taking all additional care, go to a hospital or talk to a doctor. 

Depending on what microorganism caused your sickness, hospitalization and taking IV antibiotics may be necessary. 

To avoid food poisoning, you should take extra care with anything that takes raw eggs, such as mayonnaise, and also with chicken meat, which should always be consumed well-done.

While the bacterial is usually associated with foods from animal sources, it can also come in vegetables that got in contact with contaminated water.


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