The transitional period between winter and spring can deliver some rather unpleasant events when we consider a number of infections featuring that period. Flu may be the forerunner of all, but other infections in this moody (warm-cold) period do not fall behind either, especially gastrointestinal infections.
If you have ever had a gastrointestinal infection, then you must know all about the “goodies” coming as a package deal – like exquisite stomach pain accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting, and high fever. Luckily, these misfortunes are short-term and in just a few days you’ll be good as new. This condition is most commonly driven by a viral infection, but bacteria, parasite or too spicy foods can also bring it on.
In any case, when you are down with this “flu” and spent most of your time in the bathroom, there are some things you can do to alleviate certain symptoms. Because of diarrhea and vomiting, you lose a lot of water and electrolytes so you can easily become dehydrated. For this reason, it is essential you drink sufficiently and black tea would be an ideal solution to this problem. You can also take some toast that will fill your stomach without irritating it. Furthermore, clear chicken soup may also do you good. In this case, even electrolyte powders, which are frequently used by athletes, are more than welcomed since they will ensure you body is well-hydrated.
Once your condition settles down and you feel better again, watch carefully what you eat – eat light dishes like cooked rice and chicken. Until you are up and about, it would be best to avoid greasy, heavy and spicy food, but sweets and dairy products too.
Translation: G. Dujmović