I sometimes enjoy watching Anthony Bourdain and his culinary adventures on TV. But more than once, I have wondered how his stomach health was after eating in some foreign rustic place. I myself have devised a successful plan to avoid illness when traveling, that I will share here.
We often become ill when eating food in foreign countries because of a difference in bacterial fauna from one place to another, especially in countries that do not experience freezing temperatures. Our immune systems become overwhelmed and thus illness.
How do I avoid losing precious vacation time to illness? First, before we travel I raise my family’s defenses a month ahead of time by giving them probiotics to improve their intestinal fauna, a multivitamin complex of vitamin A, C, E, selenium and zinc, and Astragulus to raise their defenses.
When we travel, first and foremost, wash or sanitize your hands any time you put something into your mouth. I try to avoid eating foods that are raw, with the exception of fruit that can be peeled and is soaked in a gallon of water with a tablespoon of salt for 15 minutes. If someone does become ill, I give them probiotics and psyllium fiber. Giving someone who is sick to their stomach fiber will encourage the intestinal wall to produce mucus to help expel any bacteria or parasites. If you never have taken fiber before, I would not encourage taking it here for the first time.
Being sick can spoil your vacation. I have had a child vomiting the day before we were to return home and have been able to travel the next day, by following these steps. I hope it will be of some use.