A hot summer’s day may just be the perfect excuse to turn the air conditioning at full blast and gorge on junk food like a plate of Golgapas and samosas, followed by a bottle of chilled soft drink.
Hold that thought! The number of people seeking treatment for various gastrointestinal (GI) infections, an i.e stomach infection, rise by approximately 40% during the peak summer. One of the major reasons attributed to GI infections is excessive consumption of junk and contaminated food. Add dehydration (which is another common problem in summers) to your GI problems can result in a disorder that has the ability to cause severe discomfort.
What is a GI infection?
A GI infection occurs when microbes such as virus or bacteria causes an infection in the gut. Consequently, the stomach lining and the intestines become inflamed.
GI infections can be caused both by viruses and bacteria. The type of microbe responsible depends on – weather, socioeconomic factors, sanitation facilities, and personal hygiene.
The link between summers and GI infections -
The digestive system becomes relatively weaker and slower during the hotter months. As a result, the entire digestive tract becomes easily vulnerable to various viruses and bacteria. Some of the common problems that are prevalent during summers are dehydration, loss of appetite and food poisoning.
The GI infections that are common during summers are –
Tips to avoid GI infections -
Here are some tips to avoid them –
How can Homeopathy help?
Homeopathy, an alternative form of medicine, is very effective when it comes to not only chronic conditions but also acute conditions like GI infections. Once the symptoms are noted after a thorough diagnosis, treatments are prescribed accordingly.
Medicines like Arsenic Album, Nux Vomica and Merc Sol are recommended to alleviate symptoms like nausea, fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea – common to all GI infections. Unlike other medicines, homeopathic medicines do not cause any side effects. You will also be given certain dietary guidelines to supplement the medications.
But, it is recommended that these medicines are taken in consultation with your Homoeopathic Physician only.