Its that anticipated time of the year when most of us take our vacations. The last thing one wants to deal with is stomach upset that can come from changes in our regular water and foods. Also, bacteria grows on foods so much faster in the summer heat that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Today, Oz gives us tips for staying healthy when being away from our own surroundings. Your gut has it’s own rhythm that gets disrupted when you travel.
Decades of studies have shown that more than half of all travelers get sick while on the road. Many factors are involved. Sleep patterns can be upended by even a three hour time zone change. Getting enough, or even clean water can be a chore. Add in the glory of all trying out new spices, dishes, and cooking styles.
It’s easier to take care of your health at home. Having a regular schedule, eating around the same time day in and out, shopping for local foods and cooking for yourself help. To stay healthy while traveling is more of a challenge.
- Be careful what you drink. Bottled water is your friend. Even when you brush your teeth. The water in your bathroom can be full of bad bacteria.
- Be careful with raw fruits and vegetables. These carry bacteria after they are cut and germs from contaminated surfaces and people.
- Always use an antibacterial hand sanitizer after you meet new people and shake their hands.
- When you travel, be prepared. Carry DiaResQ with you when you travel. It can be used with children as young as 1 year.
- Gusto research found that many probiotics die prematurely in your harsh stomach environment. They guarantee that these reach your intestines alive where they get to work immediately. The “Gusto” products are also endorsed by Dr. Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil.
- Treat public bathrooms as the germy cesspool they are. Do not put your bags on the floor, or your toiletry kit on the counter (if you must, then use disinfectant wipes afterward). Do your business without sitting on the toilet. Close the lid before flushing, or, if there isn’t one, flush as you leave, to minimize spray-back. Avoid touching surfaces with hands. Wash hands with soap and water for a full 15 seconds before you leave. Use your drying towel to exit without touching the door handle (if you can’t, then use hand sanitizer after you leave the bathroom).
Traveling usually means being off of your normal routine, eating different foods, and maybe at different times, which often leads to irregularity or uncomfortable digestive issues. Consuming probiotics can help you stay regular even when the rest of your schedule is way off. Probiotics also help boost your immune system. While traveling, your body will likely be exposed to unfamiliar germs and bacteria. Combine that with the fact that your immune system tends to be compromised while traveling and now you’re working with an increased risk of getting sick on your trip.
Just remain cautious and heed this advice to have a healthy and fun vacation.
Ref. tripwellness.com, condenesttraveler.com
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