Tips to get over food poi­son­ing

New Zealand’s favourite well­be­ing ex­pert, Dr Libby an­swers read­ers’ ques­tions about liv­ing a health­ier life.

The Tribune (NZ) - - WELL-BEING - ASK DR LIBBY Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fairfaxmedia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered. Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-selling au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is no

Ques­tion: I got food poi­son­ing (from chicken) about three months ago. The di­ar­rhoea has stopped but I still get a lot of pain with bowel mo­tions. I’ve done a fae­ces test and they said itwas all clear. The pain is send­ing me home from work nowso I need to stop it. What can I do? Thanks, Mrs P.

Hi Mrs P, it sounds like you may have a resid­ual in­fec­tion. Some­times af­ter food poi­son­ing the in­fec­tive or­gan­isms can take up res­i­dence in the large in­tes­tine. There are only a few species that can be tested for in a fae­ces test – if you don’t have one of the or­gan­isms that can be tested for, it won’t show up.

What I write here is for your ed­u­ca­tion. I am­not pre­scrib­ing this for you, as I don’t know your full health history or if you take any med­i­ca­tions. Herbs that have an anti-par­a­sitic ac­tion in­clude black wal­nut, grape­fruit seed ex­tract and Chi­nese worm­wood. These herbs are best taken with each meal for 6-8 weeks.

Af­ter you have elim­i­nated the prob­lem­atic or­gan­ism/s the pain will likely sub­side. You then want to fo­cus on eat­ing food that con­tains good bac­te­ria such as Bi­fi­dobac­terium.

Good bac­te­ria are found in fer­mented foods such as sauer­kraut, or you may like to take a good qual­ity pro­bi­otic.

It will be best to see a health pro­fes­sional to guide you with this process – what we re­fer to as ‘‘weed, seed, feed’’ when it comes to gut health.And if the pain does not cease, please have it fur­ther in­ves­ti­gated. Ques­tion: My child has eczema and to date I’ve only given her top­i­cal steroids for this. I read re­cently that diet can be in­volved in eczema. Should I change her diet to see if it helps? She is 6 years old. Thanks, Amelia.

Hi Amelia, eczema is a com­mon child­hood con­di­tion where the skin be­comes dry, itchy and flaky. Food al­ler­gies are the main cause of eczema in chil­dren, and I find that a four-week trial where you ex­clude po­ten­tial al­ler­gens can be ex­tremely help­ful in re­solv­ing it.

When it comes to eczema you need to re­mem­ber that red means re­cent. When the skin be­come red and in­flamed, this is a re­ac­tion to some­thing that has been con­sumed re­cently.

The most com­mon foods as­so­ci­ated with eczema in­clude cow’s milk, eggs, nuts (some­times seeds), foods high in phe­no­lic com­pounds such as most fruit, and red-pigmented food like tomato, chilli and cap­sicum, gluten and cho­co­late. Start by

choos­ing one of these foods or groups and ex­clude it from the diet for four weeks.

If some­one in the fam­ily is al­ready known to be al­ler­gic or in­tol­er­ant to one of these foods then be­gin the trial with that food. You need to be very strict and en­sure that not even a tiny amount of the sub­stance is in the diet. Read all food la­bels to be sure. It is es­sen­tial to un­der­take an ex­clu­sion diet trial un­der the care of an ex­pe­ri­enced health prac­ti­tioner to en­sure that your child still re­ceives all the nu­tri­ents she needs.

In ad­di­tion to di­etary change, a child with eczema is likely to be de­fi­cient in an en­zyme crit­i­cal for the body to be able to in­cor­po­rate fat into the skin. This en­zyme is called delta-6-de­sat­urase. It is found in evening prim­rose oil.

The in­fec­tive or­gan­isms in­tro­duced by food poi­son­ing can linger in your sys­tem for weeks.

WITH AU­THOR AND NU­TRI­TIONAL BIO­CHEMIST

DR LIBBY

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