Vinegar for Food Poisoning

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a common home remedy for food poisoning. (Image: fotoedu/iStock/Getty Images)

Apple cider vinegar is used to treat illnesses, including food poisoning. "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" calls apple cider vinegar "a virtual infusion of healthy minerals, vitamins and amino acids" that's powerful enough to fight off many afflictions. The book especially touts the power of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, which the author says has more natural healing properties.

Naturopathic medicine promotes a holistic approach to health with minimal use of surgeries and drugs. Please consult your physician before attempting naturopathic remedies at home.

Properties

According to "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth," apple cider vinegar's antibiotic and antiseptic properties are linked to its natural richness in nutrients and minerals. In particular, apple cider vinegar is a good source of fluorine, silicon and pectin, as well as trace minerals and enzymes that can help stabilize your system if you're suffering from a taxing illness, such as food poisoning.

Use

Apple cider vinegar is used as a treatment after food poisoning has already struck. It cannot really prevent the illness from occurring, but it can ease the symptoms and speed your recovery once you are sick. According to "The Natural Remedy Book for Women," apple cider vinegar treatments can kill off the bacteria making you so sick. It can also hydrate you and replace some of the vital nutrients and minerals lost due to vomiting and diarrhea.

Remedy

The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends a fairly simple apple cider vinegar-based remedy for food poisoning. Pour 8 oz. of warm water into a cup, and stir in 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar. Sip the mixture until it's gone, drinking it slowly to enhance your chances of keeping it down. Repeat the treatment three times daily until your illness has passed.

Expert Insight

The University of Maryland Medical Center says that though apple cider vinegar is a popular food poisoning treatment, it has not been studied scientifically. Additionally, "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" advises you to take care when dealing with food poisoning. Though apple cider vinegar is good for you, the book says that no one really knows for sure how effective it is in dealing with stomach-based illnesses such as food poisoning.

Warning

Food poisoning can be dangerous, and the University of Maryland Medical Center says that certain groups of people need to take care. If patients are younger than 2, suffer from a pre-existing medical condition or are elderly, they should bypass home remedies and get to a doctor or hospital. Likewise, if your symptoms last longer than a few days or are incredibly severe, seek professional medical attention.

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