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How to Prevent Traveller’s Tummy on your Summer Holiday



Jetting off on holiday but worried about traveller’s diarrhoea this summer? If so, read on for my advice on how to avoid letting it ruin the family holiday.

My top tip is to prep with probiotics (good bacteria) daily for at least two weeks before travelling, during the trip and for two weeks afterwards. These bacteria work to prevent bacterial invaders from taking hold in your digestive tract and causing an infection.

Choose a good quality probiotic that’s suitable for travel – I recommend the Optibac range for travelling which does not need to be kept refrigerated. I also recommend a yeast organism called Saccharomyces Boulardii, that has been researched for it’s potential to reduce the duration of traveller’s diarrhoea.

Avoid contaminated food. Make sure that any meat you eat is well cooked and if you’re susceptible to traveller’s belly, consider avoiding salads, which may be washed with tap water which isn’t always safe to drink.

Food and drink that may be unsafe includes tap water, ice in drinks, unpasteurized dairy products, and fruit that may have been washed with tap water. Fruit that you can peel yourself is safer.  Even if the water is safe for the locals to drink, if you’re susceptible to tummy upsets, it’s advisable to always drink bottled water.

Stagnant water is a potential source of pathogenic bacteria and parasites so avoid swimming in it.  Avoid swimming in lakes or rivers that don’t have a current, even in the UK.

I know how tempting it is to sample street food, especially when you’re surrounded by delicious smells and the cracking of freshly cooked food. But it’s not worth taking the chance if you want to avoid a tummy upset, as hygiene levels are likely to be lacking. Yes, I’m talking from experience here!

You need to be really hot on hygiene and always wash your hands whilst on holiday, especially with children who often need to be reminded to wash their hands anyway.

Whether you’re travelling abroad or staying closer to home, here’s to a happy and healthy holiday this summer.

About the author

Sandra Greenbank is a fully qualified and registered nutritional therapist who practices from the Southdown Clinic in Harpenden and is also available for Virtual appointments. sandragreenbank.com/

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