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Traveler's Diarrhea

Traveler’s diarrhea is a common problem, when people travel to developing countries due to inadequate sanitation, contaminated food or water. Most cases of diarrhea clear up within a few days. Let a mild case run its course. It is the body’s way of cleaning out toxins and bacteria. To reduce the risk of traveler’s diarrhea or to cope with diarrhea symptoms, here are some suggestions:


Prevention of diarrhea


1. Take acidophilus or probiotics every day, starting 2 weeks before your trip, continue taking for 7 days after your trip. The friendly bacteria help prevent and stop traveler's diarrhea. Take as directed on label. If probiotics cause gas or bloating, reduce the dosage.


2. Take vitamin C 500mg once a day to help boost your immune system for preventing and fighting infections. But don’t take vitamin C while having diarrhea, because it may worsen. Take vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 100mg daily to steady the gastrointestinal lining.


3. Eat well-cooked foods and avoid raw fruits and vegetables while traveling.


4. Drink bottled water, soda, beer or wine in its original bottles and avoid tap water and ice cubes.


Treatment for diarrhea


5. Natto spores powder contains Bacillus subtilis which are friendly microorganisms to create tremendous benefits. Bacillus subtilis is used widely today in Germany, France, Israel and China to treat different types of diarrheas effectively. You can order Mitoku Traditional Natto Spores (Bacillus subtilis) from culturesforhealth.com or call 800-962-1959 (a food company). Try a tiny amount of the powder, the size as a soy bean every hour until the diarrhea stops, my clinic experience shows that it usually stops within 1 to 3 hours.


6. Activated Charcoal or Bentonite (medical clay) absorbs toxins in the digestive tract, reduces gas and bloating, aids in firming stools and subsides diarrhea. Follow the directions on the label.


7. Drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration and electrolytes lost. Do not drink liquid too hot or too cold. You can consume liquid gelatin, clear broth, ginger ale, weak tea or sport drinks that don’t contain vitamin C. Drink small amounts each time, because ingesting a large volume of liquid will irritate the intestines and worsen your condition.


8. Ginger tea is good for cramps, abdominal pain and nausea.


9. Digestion enzymes: papaya & pineapple enzymes help with digestion and reduce gas.


For more information please call Dr. LU at (661) 513-9265 Ping's Acupuncture / Bamboo Acupuncture.

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