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Why do I Get Food Poisoning When Others Don’t?

Nutrition Diva explains why some people are more prone to food-borne bugs.

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,

Q. I seem to get food poisoning about once a year but usually I am the only person in the group who gets it. What would make someone more susceptible to food poisoning? Is there anything I can do to increase my resistance?

A. Taking acid-blocking medications could potentially make you more susceptible to food-borne bacteria because one of the functions of stomach acid is to kill offending micro-organisms before they cause problems. If you are taking one of these medications on an ongoing basis, check out my episode on How to Avoid Reflux

Including cultured or fermented foods like yogurt in your diet can fortify your gut with beneficial bacteria, making it more difficult for nasty bugs to take hold down there.  Finally, seeing as you seem to be more susceptible, be extra scrupulous about washing your hands before eating or handling foods.

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