Eating in China is an adventure. So many different types of food, and so many ways it’s prepared. That’s nice. It’s also food that comes from many different places, prepared by many different people. Sometimes, that’s not so nice. In many parts of China, knowledge of hygiene, sanitation, and cleanliness is lacking, and this includes places where people should know better, like restaurants in particular.
For this reason, eating out can be risky, and can lead to various types of stomach sickness problems. I have non-Chinese friends here that try to never eat out. They say that they get sick most of the time when they do. I also get sick on a semi-regular basis. For me it’s because I love to eat Chinese food, and sometimes even eat at places other Westerners might avoid. I’ve found some of the most amazing food this way. I’ve also found some amazing stomach pains this way.
This article does NOT deal with the more serious stomach sickness problem of dysentery, serious food poisoning, and salmonella. These are much more serious problems that can start the same as other stomach issues. If you have problems that do not improve within a day or two and you are eating only the things on this list, this can be a sign of serious medical problems and you SHOULD see a doctor immediately. Especially if you live in a country where food handling conditions are not the best and you are used to being sick, if you can’t eliminate the problem quickly, seek medical attention. Also remember that diarrhea can lead to dehydration. While most stomach problems are not very serious and can be dealt with through diet, persistent problems can be an indicator of something more serious. For more info, you can see this article. If you find yourself reading this article because you’re sick and want to know what to do, this article can give you the full scope of info about stomach problems and solutions.
This article is about how to deal with less serious, temporary type stomach issues. While I’ve been seriously sick from things I’ve eaten (spending the night on the bathroom floor, just to be near the toilet), I’ve always been able to fix any problem without visiting clinics or hospitals, just through eating certain foods that are readily available in most parts of the earth. On top of that, the longest I’ve ever had stomach problems when I seriously try to fix them using the info described below, is 2 days. I will discuss the 2 levels of sickness and how I deal with them.
Simple Stomach Problems: Shot of raw garlic
Most of the time, what you get from a tainted bit of food is just a little stomach gurgling or pain that will go away after a couple of shots on the toilet or a good nights rest. Sometimes, though, you don’t want to wait for a blowout or go to bed hoping things will be better by morning. In such cases, there is a quick way to set your system fighting back early on, sometime even killing the problem in a few minutes.
The solution is to ingest a bit of raw garlic. It works fast and powerfully. Usually when I tell people about this their first reaction is, “I can’t just chew up raw garlic, I’ll puke!” Yeah, me too, besides burning my tongue. So obviously, that’s not the way to do it. The best way I have found, that is quick and relatively painless, is to mince it and drink it. I chop up a good bit, usually 3 cloves, shown below, for a normal to big dose. Then I put it in soda water, because the bubbles make the garlic bits float, and you can just drink them down. Lacking the soda water I put it in some kind of juice to mask the taste. Doing it this way there’s no tasting, no chewing, and it goes down in a few seconds. Usually I have to drink a little more just to wash it all away. Don’t laugh! It works, and it’s better than having lā dùzi (拉肚子💩) that is, diarrhea.
This is my way of dealing the the more common and simple stomach problems. However, this doesn’t work by itself when things get more serious. When that happens, I go to step two.
Serious Stomach Problems – Multi-day controlled diet
When the garlic alone won’t cut it, you might need to go into serious mode. This means doing the garlic, other foods (discussed below), and not eating regular stuff for a full 24-48 hours, depending on the severity.
My normal way to do this is by making a very garlic-rich hummus (recipe below) using as much garlic as I can stand and still enjoy eating. Then I cut up a bunch of carrot sticks and cucumber sticks to use for dipping the hummus. Any of the vegetables on the list below could be cut up and used for dipping, or pureed to make various kinds of dips.
The reason why dips are good is that this is a little bit difficult or boring diet to get through. By the second day I get to craving some real cooked food, not all this raw stuff. So using any way to make it more enjoyable makes the 48 hours go by faster.
Ok, so the list below is one that I compiled from various sources on how to kill stomach bacteria and parasites. The main thing to remember when using any of this is to make sure the food is cleaned well!! You don’t want to add to your problems by eating old or unclean food. As you will see when you read the list below, it is mostly just raw foods, no processed junk, and no bread or sugar.
Fresh VEGETABLES used to kill systemic yeast and parasites include: (A-Z)
- Brussels sprouts
- squash (all except zucchini)
- sweet potato
- wheat grass
FRUITS that are used to kill parasites in the bowels include:
NUTS, SEEDS AND GRAINS
- Brazil nuts
- flax seeds (whole)
- macadamia nuts
- pumpkin seeds
- sesame seeds
- soy nuts
- sunflower seeds
- apple cider vinegar(read below)
- buttermilk(read below)Yogurt
- water (drink more)
THINGS TO AVOID
- ice cream
- processed foods
- refined sugars and foods
- 1 16oz can chick peas/garbanzo beans
- 4tbsp-tahini(sesame seed paste)(pure, no additives)
- 2tbsp-lemon juice
- 1tbsp-pure olive oil(go easy)
- garlic(lots)(3-4 large cloves of garlic minimum)
- Mix all in a food processor or blender.
Hummus can be thick, don’t kill your blender, just add a little water. Regarding the quantity of garlic, start with the minimum and work up to what you can stand and still enjoy.
BUTTERMILK is often used as a final resort to kill stubborn parasites. Yogurt is also effective in ridding the body of parasites. Both foods have probiotics or flora that can replenish the natural good bacteria in the digestive tract and large intestines. These probiotics kill parasites and systemic yeast. People often add salt, roasted cumin and ground pepper to buttermilk to further enhance its potency. People should drink at least three or four glasses of buttermilk each day to get rid of parasites.
NUTS AND SEEDS can also help eliminate parasites in the large intestines. They contain lots of fiber ,which fosters movement of the bowels. Whole flax seeds, almonds and soy nuts are often consumed to cleanse the colon and get rid of parasites. Some other nuts and seeds that have high levels of fiber are Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, coconuts, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts and sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds.
CEREAL GRAINS are also highly effective in killing excess candida and parasites. Like nuts and seeds, cereals contain high levels of fiber. Most wheat, rye, corn and rice cereals can help rid the large intestines of parasites. Oatmeal and oat bran are also effective. People with food allergies may need to stick to non-gluten cereals such as brown rice cereals. Oats have low levels of glutens and can usually be added to the diet after a couple of weeks.
CLOVES are successful at killing parasite eggs and are easy to ingest. You may grind up fresh cloves to mix in with other foods or eat them alone. Other foods to incorporate into your diet with anti-parasitic properties are pineapple, carrots, squash and sweet potatoes.
One of the simplest methods of keeping the body free of intestinal parasites is to get into the habit of ingesting one tbsp. of apple cider VINEGAR in a cup of water every day. Apple cider vinegar has the added advantage of keeping the body in a healthy alkaline state. Be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after drinking apple cider vinegar to avoid erosion of tooth enamel.
Veggies and fruits on the list can also be pureed to make volume/consumption easier.
NOTE: The information above should NOT be considered as medical advice from a doctor. It’s just from a guy who has learned how to survive eating at restaurants in China. You should know your own allegergies and food tolances before using any of the suggestions. Use at your own risk. (All that being said, you will notice that the list is basically just fruits and veggies…)