What I cook when my hubby got salmonella 5 days before Japan trip

Today, I would like to share what Japanese superfoods I used as medicine for my husband who got salmonella in Singapore just 5 days before our Japan trip!

I am currently in Japan and very fortunate to have very hot sunny days – it is like summer here.
And I know it has been like cold winter in Sydney. Our climate has been so strange these days, hasn’t it?

In Singapore, he suddenly felt so freezing and sweating at the same time with serious diarrhea and could neither eat nor sleep at all at night. But he still had to take a flight to Sydney at awful state.

I thought he got some sort of flu bug. Even though I didn’t know for sure what was wrong with him until we got his stool sample result (on the day of our departure to Japan), I did know what I had to do from his symptoms.

And so fortunately, he recovered quickly and could travel with me to Japan as planned.

Luckily he recovered quickly and could travel with me to Japan as planned.

I am telling you, it was an extremely hectic one because we our agenda was:

  • Tokyo for 3 days
  • 2 day trip ( 3.5h train trip)  to Lake Kawaguchi from Tokyo to see Mt. Fuji, plus many other activities (Thanks to those who came to my classes and suggested those activities!)
  • Takarazuka (near Osaka) where my parents live
  • Road trip (3 hours from my parents home) to Tottori to pay a visit to graves for both my dad and mum sides relatives
  • Further 1 hour road trip to Izumo from Tottori to see gorgeous shrine and stay at the lovely ryokan

Izumo Shrine, one of the stops in our trip.

While he is in Japan, he is constantly working as well!
So here is what I used for his symptoms:

Fever 
He did have high temperature so I did use Japanese superfoods for flu.

KUZU
Kuzu (also known as Kudzu) is a traditional starch that is extracted from the roots of the kuzu plant.
Kusu is useful to improve health conditions (see full health benefits of Kuzu in my blogpost) and one of which is alleviating cold and fever symptoms.

UMEBOSHI
Umeboshi is sun-dried salted ume fruits with red shiso leaves (pelilla), which are one of the most popular pickles in Japan.

Umeboshi’s potent natural anti-bacterial properties strengthen the body’s resistance to cough, cold, flu, fever and sore throat by destroying the bad bacteria.

You might think, hey your hubby is not having flu so kuzu and umeboshi was taken for nothing… well that is not the case! Because they both are also great for…

Diarrhea

KUZU
Kuzu is also helpful for detoxifying all kinds of poison, relieving intestinal discomfort caused by over-acidity, bacterial infections and diarrhea

Kuzu also doesn’t have any taste so I can add it to any liquid – so handy!

UMEBOSHI
Umeboshi are sometimes called “Japanese Alka-Seltzer” because of their use in treating digestive related conditions such as diarrhoea, constipation, bad breath, motion sickness, morning sickness.

A noodle dish that is full of detoxifying foods: Kuzu, umeboshi, shiitake, ginger…

Super nourishment because of luck of meals

Need good bacteria for his gut
All he can have first three days is liquid and I need to nourish him from super nourishing liquid

AMAZAKE
Kuzu is also helpful for detoxifying all kinds of poison, relieving intestinal discomfort caused by over-acidity, bacterial infections and diarrhea

Amazake is fermented rice and very sweet because of koji, the Japanese culture. Koji produce about 400 health components including various types of mineral, vitamin, digestive enzyme and good bacteria, too.

MISO
Miso is fermented soybeans, again, miso  is fermented with koji so it contains so much nutrients!

SHIITAKE
Need to motivate him to have liquid after having so many isotonic water!
Shiitake has gorgeous Umami flavour (natural form of MSG) so this tastiness will stimulate him to have more liquid. I made so many clear soup using kombu (kelp) and shiitake to make soup with lots of umami flavour and shiitake is immune boosting as well!

It is always fabulous to feel confident what to do when you or your family member is sick, isn’t it?

I am so glad and feel thankful that I stock Japanese superfoods all the time, so I could use them to ease his condition and speed up his healing process!

Stay Happy and Healthy xx

Yoshiko


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