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Food poisoning, a type of foodborne illness, is a sickness people get from something they ate or drank. The causes are germs or other harmful things in the food or beverage.

How does food poisoning affect people?
The common symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea/ gastric discomfort. If not taken care properly, it can lead to dehydration and related health risks. Low sodium and electrolyte imbalance wil have to be managed with utmost care. Depending on the severity, there can be other fatal signs of shock to the body which needs immediate medical attention before any fatal effects.

What are the precautions people can take when they feel they have a case of food poisoning?
For mild symptoms, better way is to stay hydrated with coconut water, lime Salt, lemon tea, kanji water, buttermilk etc. As it subsides, kanji, curd, boiled or stewed bananas/ apples etc can be consumed and slowly get back to normal. Take rest as much as possible till the symptoms subside. Stick onto small, light and non-fatty soft meals as mentioned above. Bland or non spicy food items can be included. Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, fizzy drinks as they may aggravate symptoms.

What are the ways to maintain gut health? How do some people get affected and some not when they eat the same food?
Ways to maintain gut health is to “eat mindfully”. That is, know your body and consume food as required, do not over eat. Enjoy good food, hygienically and consciously. Do not go just after flavours. Early dinner, less spicy diet, freshly cooked foods as possible are few tips. Keep yourself hydrated. Curd, banana, seasonal fruits and vegetables need to be a part of daily diet. People differ in taste, perceptions and in the same way, is assimilating dietary components too. So, one may be intolerant to one particular food item, whereas the other may not. One can tolerate highly spiced item, where the other can’t even think of a masala food . Genetics, childhood habits, lifestyle, meal timings, physical activity, mood swings, stress, etc are the contributing factors to food tolerance and intolerance.

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  • I'm passionate about food and how it can act as a medicine for your body for different conditions. I take pleasure in writing about nutrition and sharing the knowledge I have acquired. I'm always looking for ways to be informed about the most recent research on food and how it might enhance people's quality of life, both for myself and those around me.

  • A dedicated nutritionist with Masters in Nutrition and 6 years of experience in the healthcare field. With a diploma in Wellness coaching and Diabetes Eductaion, Ms. Fiza is compassionate about health & fitness. She is well versed in diet, lifestyle counselling and making positive changes in the lives of her clients/patients.

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