It’s happened to all of us: one minute you’re enjoying a nice evening at home, and the next you’re hanging your miserable head over the toilet wishing you’d never been born. While you can take certain actions to avoid them (washing your hands and avoiding sushi forever), the stomach flu and food poisoning can technically strike at any time, so it’s best to be prepared. Below, we’ve compiled a list of items to keep handy for the next time you lose your lunch. Best of all, most of them are non-perishable, so they can hang out in your kitchen until you need them (although we hope you never do)!
It may seem strange, but taking capsules of oregano oil at the first signs of food poisoning may be your saving grace. According to University Health News Daily, oregano oil, “contains a powerful blend of antimicrobial compounds… that can destroy the most common foodborne pathogens.” Oregano oil can stop bad food from turning into a full-blown stomach virus, so if you’ve eaten something iffy and are starting to feel those telltale pinpricks of nausea, pop a capsule or two. It may spare you a very unpleasant 24 hours.
If you’re past the point of no return and it’s time to hunker down and ride it out, the best thing to do is hydrate. Food poisoning and the flu can wipe out your body’s water supply, so drinking fluids is essential for your body to be able to recover quickly. Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier follows the guidelines set down by the World Health Organization for oral rehydration solutions—so it can certainly help with dehydration. Better yet, it utilizes the breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology, which means one stick in water can hydrate you faster and more efficiently than water alone. Liquid I.V. is an absolute game-changer when it comes to replenishing your body with the water and salts it loses to a virus. Keep some in your kitchen cabinet at all times.
Fresh ginger can work wonders for nausea, and for the inevitable inflammation that follows vomiting. Ginger root has been used for centuries to calm queasy stomachs, and can be chewed or made into a tea for a soothing effect. If you can’t quite stomach food yet, chewing on some ginger or sipping ginger-infused hot water may be a nice solution in the meantime. One drawback: ginger is often served with sushi, so if it’s giving you flashbacks, maybe avoid this one 🤢.