• Liyan Lu

Common Traveler’s Sickness

Updated: Sep 23

Diarrhea is a common problem when traveling to developing countries due to inadequate sanitation and contaminated food or water. To reduce the risk of diarrhea and cope with symptoms, try some of these suggestions below:

1) Take acidophilus or probiotics daily; start two weeks before leaving and one week after returning. The friendly bacteria help prevent and stop diarrhea. Take as directed.

2) Bacillus subtilis, friendly microorganisms, can stop diarrhea overnight. Take one capsule three times a day or take it as the label indicated. You could order Bacillus subtilis as a supplement from swansonvitamin.com. Natto spores powder contains Bacillus subtilis. Take one spoonful of the powder 2 or 3 times a day. You might buy Natto spores powder (a tiny spoon enclosed) from Mitoku Japanese Takahashi Nattomoto (a food company).

3) Take papaya & pineapple enzymes to help with digestion and reduce gas.

Constipation: more than 30% of travelers get constipated, which may be caused by a change in diet, different schedules, dehydration, and not using your bathroom. To avoid constipation:

1) Drink plenty of water to help soften the stools and move the bowels. Ideally, drink eight glasses (64 OZ) of water a day.

2) Taking chia seeds is a good source of high fiber to help the body form soft and bulky stools. Put 1 or 2 teaspoons of chia seeds into 8 oz of water, soak overnight until the seeds fully expand to jelly. The following day drink it with 1 or 2 glasses of water on an empty stomach; you should have an easy bowel movement very soon.

Cold: many travelers get sick during or after their trip resulting from airplane cold. According to the Journal of Environmental Health Research, colds may be more than 100 times easier to be transmitted on a plane than on the ground. To prevent the colds and shorten the sickness course:

1) Take vitamin C 500mg and vitamin B2 100 mg starting one week before your trip to one week after, or take one bag of Emergen-C a day instead. These supplements can boost the immune system to prevent and fight infection.

2) Use Sinus Rinse twice a day while traveling. The daily nasal hygiene with a saline solution washes away the germs, allergens, and excessive mucus in the nose, sinuses, and throat. It reduces the chance of infection with airborne disease. It also helps to relieve the sinus.

Kidney stone: attacks very often when people travel on high land or in hot weather due to dehydration without knowing. Make sure you drink at least drink eight glasses (64 OZ) of water a day to avoid it.

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