International travel has so much to offer people, with the opportunity to enjoy different cultures and to explore places that are very different to the home environment.
Unfortunately, the pampered human body won’t always be as resilient to the bugs and bacteria in local food that won’t have any effect on the local people. The best option is to avoid food poisoning altogether, but if this isn’t possible, then knowing how to cure food poisoning is vital.
Tips To Help You Avoid Food Poisoning
One of the first things you can do is to research the destinations you’ll be visiting, and particularly for tourist cities many guides will be able to point you in the direction of restaurants that tend to be more tourist-friendly. It is certainly worth checking with a local guide whether or not the hotel restaurant is a relatively safe place to eat in terms of avoiding food poisoning. It is also worth making sure that your fruit and vegetables have been cooked before eating, as this process will often kill the bacteria that causes food poisoning.
Be very careful when drinking water. Many of the taps that provide water, even in the hotel, won’t be fit to drink so make sure that you use a water purifier or boil the water and allow it to cool before drinking.
Having experienced food poisoning, it is wise to keep your guard up when travelling in countries that tend to have more cases of food poisoning among tourists. After three and a half weeks in Nepal, being as careful as possible to pick out the right foods, a sandwich bought at the airport on the way home was the culprit for me.
How To Cure Food Poisoning
The symptoms of food poisoning will often mean that travelling and activities may have to be put on hold for a few days, with diarrhoea and stomach cramps being the main symptoms. You will have to stick to a simple diet for a few days while the food poisoning passes, which means plain rice, pasta, soup and boiled eggs will be on the menu. Porridge is also good for breakfast. This isn’t the most exciting diet, but it will help you recover in a shorter period, as the spicy and fried food will aggravate the sensitive stomach. If it is a particularly bad case of food poisoning you might need to avoid any food whatsoever for 24 hours and starve the bacteria inside you and only drink water.
If you have doubts about food that you have already eaten, or are experiencing the first symptoms of food poisoning, one common and effective solution is to take activated charcoal tablets.
The charcoal is a very good filtering agent and helps to reduce the amount of the bacteria absorbed into the system, and also helps with the recovery from food poisoning. They are easy to buy online and in health food stores. You should avoid using the traditional diarrhoea medications such as Imodium when suffering with food poisoning, they are only designed to stop the symptoms and this will retain the bacteria in your system and mean that the treatment will take longer to be effective.
Once you feel that you are over the worst of your food poisoning, you should supplement your diet with rehydration sachets to restore the natural salt and nutrient balances in your body.