I recently had the pleasure of a case of food poisoning. I must say, I was actually very thankful that it was food poisoning, rather than a stomach virus that my kiddos could catch. Whether it’s food poisoning or a tummy virus, an upset stomach is never fun. Rather than reaching for a bottle of the pink stuff, I turned to my all-natural medicine cabinet for some help.
There are two things I like to start with when one of us has an upset tummy.
Bentonite clay is so fantastic for either food poisoning or stomach viruses. It has a negative ionic charge that draws the bacteria or viruses and binds them to it. Then, the whole bunch… ahem, makes it’s way through the digestive tract. 😉 As a bonus, it also elevates PH in the body (a good thing!), binds to and removes heavy metals and removes toxins!
I always keep bentonite clay capsules in my purse, so that we have it for tummy emergencies. My hubby and I will take a couple of capsules (make your own capsules!!) at the first sign of heartburn, nausea, stomach cramps or diarrhea. For vomiting, timing is everything. If we think we can get it down and keep it down, we’ll take it when we first start to feel nauseated (it has always taken us from on-the-edge back to just a bit queasy!) or if it’s too late, we’ll take it right after vomiting, since it has the best chance of staying down at that point.
Tips for taking Bentonite Clay:
- Do not buy cheap, off-brand bentonite clay. It can contain things besides pure bentonite clay and it could be dangerous. I always buy mine at one of two trusted sources, either here or here.
- Adults and older children can take bentonite clay in capsules or mixed into some water or juice.
- Never stir bentonite clay with metal or put it in a metal container. The metal can react with it and neutralize the ionic charge. Use glass, ceramic, wood or plastic.
- Always drink plenty of liquids when taking bentonite clay.
- For your reference, we (my hubby and I) will take up to 2 capsules (about 1/3 teaspoon) every 3 hours until we are well. We give our children about 1/4 teaspoon every 3 to 4 hours.
- For children or adults who can’t swallow capsules, we have found the best method is to mix the bentonite clay with a little honey and have them swallow it and then drink plenty of liquids. (Watch for my post on herbal honeys coming next week!!)
- Keep stored bentonite clay nice and dry, since it is “activated” when it mixes with water.
Like bentonite clay, activated charcoal is a gentle way to deal with bacteria and viruses. The carbon absorbs toxins and takes them through the digestive tract and on out of the body. This remedy can be pretty messy, though, so we put it in capsules, most of the time. 🙂
Again, to avoid potential contaminants, I buy from here.
There are also quite a few herbal and food remedies that we use, so be sure to watch for part two of this post!