At this time of year, many people will be travelling abroad and are likely to be exposed to many harmful bacteria, yeasts and pathogens. When travelling to foreign countries, the microflora in your gastrointestinal tract is suddenly (and without warning) exposed to a variety of microbes that it isn’t used to. This can result in digestive upsets, such as diarrhoea. Locals have the chance to build up a resistance to the bacteria, whereas holidaymakers are more exposed.
The following digestive health tips will ensure you maintain a healthy digestive system and have a healthy, happy holiday!
- Prepare for holiday – take a good probiotic (containing Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria) about two weeks before travelling, to help to build a better gut microflora to protect against any foreign invaders. Probiotics are available in capsules or powder form, for those who don’t like swallowing capsules.
- While on holiday – continue taking the probiotic throughout the trip and for two weeks after returning.
- Protect against bloating – take a supplement containing a broad spectrum of digestive enzymes and culinary herbs.
If you are still suffering on-going digestive discomfort after returning home, parasites are surprisingly easy to catch from contaminated food or water. However, a simple stool test can determine whether or not they are present in the digestive tract.
Information supplied by Higher Nature – www.higher-nature.co.uk