How Can Food Poisoning be Prevented?

Food Poisioning

Food poisoning can be a mortifying experience, even for the physically healthy people. It has severe consequences and can cause serious illness and even death. It is presumed that food poisoning is mostly caused due to eating out, at various fast food joints, cafes, restaurants etc., but it can even be induced by consuming food, prepared at home. It’s a common myth that ‘food poisoning is caused only by eating fast foods’.

It’s essential to follow certain tips, to avoid the risk of food poisoning. They are as follows:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly:

It’s essential to wash your hands thoroughly before handling food. Make sure you wash them with soap and hot water and towel dry them every time you handle raw foods such as meat, fish, eggs and veggies. One must also do the same after touching the bin, going to the toilet, blowing your nose and even after touching animals, including pets.

  • Use separate chopping boards:

One must strictly use different chopping boards for raw foods and ready to eat foods. Raw foods contain harmful germs and bacteria, which are very contagious.

  • Wash dishcloths:

Damp and dirty dishcloths or tea towels are the breeding grounds of bacteria and germs. One must regularly wash them and dry them up properly before poisioning

  • Keep raw meat or any other raw foods separately:

It is very essential to keep raw meat separate from any ready to eat food products such as salads, fruits, bread etc. Since the bacteria in raw foods are very contagious, it can spread quickly to any other foods that it comes in touch with.

  • Store meat on the lowest shelf:

It is very significant to store raw food such as meat or fish on the lowest shelf of your refrigerator. It should be placed in such a place where it cannot come in contact with any other food products.

  • Cook food, specially meat thoroughly:

Foods such as pork, poultry, burgers, sausages, kebabs, turkey etc., should be cooked thoroughly, so that any pink meat is not left behind. It should be piping hot, all the way through.

  • Always check expiry dates on food products and even medications:

One should never consume food that has passed the ‘pay-by’, date. They can contain harmful bacteria and can make you seriously ill.

  • Always drink clean/mineral water:

Water is one of the foremost, basic necessities of life. We should make sure, that the water we drink is clean and bacteria/chemical free. Unclean water can lead to a number of severe diseases. Food poisoning is simply one of the many diseases that it can induce.

Food_poisoningMoringa‘, is a marvelous plant that can be used to treat food poisoning. There are many side-effects of food poisoning, apart from stomach discomfort and troubles. It can induce fatigue, low blood pressure, headache due to physical stress, nausea, dizziness etc. Moringa has a therapeutic effect on these symptoms. It provides relief to the body by enriching it with nutrients and reducing feelings of fatigue and dizziness. It also helps to fight the infection and reduces dehydration. It helps regulate blood pressure and stabilizes the blood flow. It endows a soothing feeling and has a calming effect as well. The tree’s leaves have the capacity to treat around 300 diseases. The Moringa tree is an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C & E and minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron etc. It comprises of 95 total nutrients. It is extremely nutritious and healthy. It can heal problems such as malnutrition, digestive disorders, sleep problems, hair fall, acne, teeth decay, dull skin, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases etc. It cures depression induced by deficiency of vitamins and minerals in the body. Moreover, it elevates liver function, kidney function and relieves inflammation.

Food poisoning is mainly caused by consuming contaminated foods. Contamination is caused by, chemicals, insecticides, fungus, viruses or parasites.

There are certain critical factors, that needs to be monitored, in order to rule out the possibilities of a food poisoning. They are:

  • The use of excessive chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, decomposed manure etc., can not only induce severe food poisoning, but also lead to several other life-threatening ailments.
  • Bacteria, parasites, viruses etc., are a part of nature’s web of life, hence, there is always a possibility of food contamination, if not dealt correctly.
  • The area that is being used for food processing needs to be religiously cleaned and completely free from contamination.
  • Incorrect food storage can also be the cause of food contamination that results in poisoning. Raw food, cooked food and ready-to-eat food should be stored separately.
  • Improper food preparation is one of the many reasons of food poisoning. Apart from cooking food thoroughly, any sick or unhealthy person should not engage in any sort of culinary activities.
  • Shop with care. It’s best to carry meat and poultry products separately. Do not let the raw flesh touch any other food products. Also, make sure that you carry take-aways separately.
  • Keep the kitchen sparkling clean and hygienic. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink for a long period. Clean the kitchen counters, stove, cutting boards and utensils with a good detergent regularly.
  •   Reheat leftovers properly. Poorly heated leftovers contain food pathogens, that can cause a severe case of food poisoning. However, no amount of reheating can make stale leftovers safe for consumption. If, the reheated food is left over, it is wise to dispose them.

Food poisoning can have severe and life-threatening side effects, if it is neglected for a longer period. It can also lead to death or any similar harmful consequences. It frequently occurs in toddlers, because they ingest almost everything that they lay their hands on. Parents should take utmost care to keep their  kids away from food poisoning. One should also avoid eating out regularly. As one starts aging, their immune system, metabolism, digestive system starts weakening; hence the elderly should be more careful about their eating habits. A solid and serious bout of food poisoning can leave a person weak and dehydrated. Hence, consulting a doctor in such cases is advisable.

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