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Friday, March 26, 2010

natural healing - intestinal infection

Even with a bacterial intestinal infection, one should not necessarily grab a bottle of antibiotics. Antibiotics also kill the healthy bacteria in the gut, which leaves you with a weakened immune system, so they should really only be used as a last resort.
Symptoms of bacterial intestinal infection are loss of appetite, cramps, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting, and loose motions. There are many ways in which we can treat ourselves with things we have in our kitchen any way. I treated myself from a bacterial intestinal infection that ran rampant for a week with severe nausea and diarrhea, with nothing more than what was in my fridge. Here's how:

  • No food outside your own home
  • Avoid irritative foods like coffee, red pepper and fried foods.
  • Consume a lot of liquids to stay hydrated
  • Lemon tea: peel and cut three lemons, boil in a liter of water and add some honey to soften the flavor
  • Ginger tea: peel and cut one rhizome of ginger, boil in one liter of water, add honey if you want. Chewing ginger is also possible, but some caution: very hot! Ginger is extremely potent in curing nausea, but also relieves cramps.
  • Banana's: two times a day I ate two crushed bananas
  • Garlic: I just upped the amount of garlic I usually put in food. Garlic is a natural antibiotic, gives a boost to your immune system and nourishes the stomach tissues.
There are a couple of other courses of treatment one can choose:
  • Staying on a liquid diet for one day, consuming buttermilk and fresh lime juice.
  • Peppermint oil: helps eradicate harmful bacteria in the small intestine. Peppermint oil is available in capsules in your health food store. Take one capsule after meals. Peppermint oil can cause some undesired side-effects. Peppermint tea is a valid alternative with less side effects.
  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Oregano oil
  • Olive leaf, like garlic, is a natural alternative to antibiotics.
  • Tumeric root extract
Even when one decides on taking antibiotics, it is very important to follow an adapted diet on the side, which will help you restablish the natural bacteria.This diet will typically be low in carbohydrates and exclude sweet and starchy foods. You might also want to focus on fatty food to keep your caloric intake sufficient. Supplementing with probiotics is also highly recommended. 


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