When we travel, however fun it is, our routine is dirupted. We tend to indulge in rich food, drink more alcohol, have fewer probiotics, and often have to endure a time change. We will be exposed to new pathogenic (and probiotic) microbes & may be eating food and drinking water of questionable cleanliness. There is also the chance of getting travelers diarrhea or just plan sickness – so you literally bought a $1,200 plane ticket and a $70/night hotel just so we can sit there sick.
To make sure my family’s multiple $1,200 plane tickets & $100+/night of hotel rooms don’t go to waste, I have a pre-vacation routine.
Before traveling, the most important thing is to plan so you won’t lose sleep (except for excitement) or be stressed before departure. I also begin to supplement high doses of probiotics.
You need to plan the following:
If you have planned and rested for your journey, then you will not have to worry about work or what will happen when you get back. It’s already been mapped out!
Now just make sure you’re eating proper food :)
When I am traveling, I continue to take probiotics like candy (though be careful of the side effects for large doses). Be sure to have a non-refrigerated type of probiotics & do your best to keep it cool/dry. I also am skeptical of raw food that I don’t see prepared. For example, if a guy makes mango juice right in front of me, it’s probably fine. But if it is salad in a salad bar that is just sitting there, I avoid it.
There are a number of anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial spices/foods you can consume to decrease the likelihood of you getting sick. Here is a short list:
If you eat these WITH your food, then you will have a lower likelihood of illness from food/drink.
You will also need to make sure the local water is safe to drink. Have it boiled or drink bubbling water/bottled water.
Supplement probiotics heavily before you go on your trip – they will help you with whatever you encounter.
Happy trails! Got any questions before your trip?!? Please ask below ;)
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