Fight Food Poisoning with 4 Natural Ways

Naturally Heal yourself from food poisoning

A lot of people would of experienced food poisoning from eating contaminated food at some point in their life and it's not a pleasant experience.

For most people, it usually clears up after a few days but it's not a nice few days dealing with nausea, stomach cramps and lack of energy to name a few of the symptoms.

Help fight off food poisoning with these 4 naturally healing and preventing tips.


Taking calcium supplements regularly might keep you from coming down with food poisoning in the first place. In a study published in the journal Gastroenterology, half of the 32 human volunteers consumed extra calcium daily, and all were exposed to E. coli. The calcium group recovered a full day earlier than those given a placebo. Researchers theorize that calcium increases the number of healthy bacteria in the gut and that these in turn fight off the infection-causing germs. Take 800 to 1,000 mg of calcium phosphate (a common form of calcium found in many dietary supplements) daily, separated into two equal doses.


When friendly bacteria take up residence along your gut wall, disease-causing bacteria have trouble finding a foothold. Numerous studies confirm that consuming foods with Lactobacillus and other friendly bacteria or taking supplements containing these good bugs makes it less likely that salmonella and other germs will make you sick. But if you do get sick, your illness will be less severe, and you’ll recover more quickly.

After a bout of diarrhea caused by food poisoning, many of your helpful bacteria have been washed out. Holly Lucille, a naturopath in Los Angeles, recommends taking at least 6 billion live organisms of various strains of probiotics daily, from either supplements (powder, capsules, tablets, liquid, or chewables) or foods such as active-culture versions of yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese, or other dairy products.

Activated charcoal

A great go-to remedy when you’re in the throes of food poisoning agony is activated charcoal. The toxins actually stick to the surface of charcoal like a magnet and stay firmly attached until they are expelled from the body in the feces. “Keep activated charcoal in your medicine cabinet in cases of food poisoning,” says Lucille. She recommends mixing 1 to 3 ounces of activated charcoal with at least 8 ounces of water. Just as with nasty germs, medicines and supplements will stick to the surface of the charcoal, so don’t take any two hours before or after using charcoal—otherwise, the medicines or supplements will pass through your body before they can do any good. Don’t be alarmed when activated charcoal harmlessly turns your stools black.


This tasty herb can be very soothing to a tummy unsettled by “off ” food. According to gastroenterologist Raymond, “Ginger, taken as ginger tea or beer, candied ginger chunks, or even dried in ginger snaps, may help with queasiness. It helps with nausea from motion sickness, pregnancy, and postoperative states as well.” While a number of studies demonstrate that ginger makes queasy people feel better, no one knows exactly how it works. Researchers hypothesize that ginger settles the GI tract directly (as opposed to telling the brain to not feel nauseous). Take 500 mg in capsule form every few hours as needed.