How to Treat an Intestinal Infection

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Causes of an intestinal infection include yeast infections, fungus, mold, intestinal parasites and poor hygiene. When these pathogens or germs infect the intestines, they can be life-threatening. Intestinal infection symptoms that become chronic (like abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation) can lead to more severe health and mood problems such as sinusitis, frequent headaches, skin rashes, depression, sleep disorders and teeth-grinding. Prevent intestinal infection by practicing good hygiene, drinking clean water and avoiding contact with contaminated foods.

Things You'll Need

  • Ginger tea
  • Bananas
  • Purified water
  • Antibacterial medication

Drink ginger tea. Ginger is an all-natural spice, deriving from the ginger root plant, with medicinal health benefits known to treat common digestive and circulation disorders. Ginger works as an effective cure for intestinal infections because of its antibacterial properties, which relieve intestinal infection symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort and constipation.

Avoid fried and processed foods. Eating smooth, creamy foods like bananas effectively treat intestinal infections because bananas neutralize stomach acid.

Eliminate fast-food meals, dairy products, and raw or unpasteurized foods. These foods aggravate intestinal infection symptoms because they are heavy and difficult for the colon to digest. Raw or unpasteurized foods can also lead to salmonella, E. Coli and other harmful bacteria-causing illnesses that lead to intestinal infections. Eat healthier, fiber-rich foods that are home-cooked. Light, soft and creamy foods help heal intestinal infections quicker.

Drink at least eight glasses of clean water to prevent dehydration and to regularly cleanse out the digestive system. Intestinal infections can worsen, however, if the water is full of bacteria, parasites and other microscopic organisms. Invest in a water purifier or drink store-bought water to ensure that the water is sanitized.

Take antibiotics, which kill off infectious bacteria in the intestines. These medications should be taken in moderation as a higher dosage may impair digestion and inhibit absorption of essential nutrients that the body needs.

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