Knowing what to eat after food poisoning can help you get back up on your feet more quickly. Of course, we all know the symptoms of food poisoning. When something toxic hits your system, you body will try to get it out in any way possible so diarrhea and vomiting can be expected. While this is a normal and healthy reaction on the part of your body in it's effort to stay alive, the often extreme expulsions can lead to other problems like dehydration and weight loss. If you known what to eat after food poisoning, you can help to minimize these problems. Of course, if you have a severe case, you should always check with your health care provider.
- Clear liquids: This should be the first thing you start to eat after food poisoning. Apple juice, sport drinks, broth and gelatin are all good choices. The idea here is to provide hydration and replace electrolytes (salts and minerals that are vital to your well-being). It's also possible to purchase fruit-flavored electrolyte powder that can be mixed with water. For the first 24 hours, stick to the clear liquids; adding solids can make vomiting and diarrhea worse. If vomiting is so severe that nothing stays down, see a doctor. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance can lead to cardiac arrest.
- The BRAT Diet: Once you're able to hold food down (usually after the first 24 hours), you can switch to what is called the BRAT diet. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. These are all bland foods that your sore stomach should be able to accept easily. You can continue to take in clear liquids as well. Adults and children should avoid dairy products, although nursing babies may continue to nurse.
- Other bland foods: Other bland foods can be added over the next few days as you improve. Boiled chicken breast and rice in broth is tasty but bland enough to help avoid upsetting your fragile stomach. Pasta can also be cooked in broth until soft. Toast and saltines are additional foods that are easy to handle.