Delhi Belly, Bali Belly, Montezuma’s Revenge, etc are all names related to Travelers diarrhoea, a condition which everyone fears. According to medical sources, more than half of people who undertake a journey, contract this malady some time or another. The infection, if severe, can ruin any holiday as it results in symptoms of fever, stomach cramps and diarrhoea which not only takes days to subside, but can leave the patient weak and dehydrated.
Delhi Belly is principally a result of consuming food or water which has been contaminated by bacteria such as E.Coli, Shigella, Campylobacter and Salmonella. The infection can easily take a toll on not only your health, but can leave your business trip or vacation in ruins. Add to this is the loss of valuable time, money and the after effects of this dreaded infection.
A medical supplement, called Travelan, is designed to keep travelers’ diarrhea at bay. Composed mainly of Bovine Colostrum powder and enriched with anti – E.Coli antibodies, Travelan binds to the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, preventing them from attaching to the intestinal wall and neutralizing their ability to cause diarrhea and its associated symptoms. Travelan is not an antibiotic, so won’t lead to antibiotic resistance or the adverse side effects associated with antibiotics.
In addition to taking Travelan before every meal when travelling, it’s also important to maintain a good standard of hygiene. In developing and tropical countries care should be taken to consume only boiled or bottled water. Keep away from street food stalls and avoid ice in your drinks. Fruits or vegetables should be thoroughly cooked and peeled before you eat them.
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If you do contract Travelers’ Diarrhea, be sure to stay well hydrated at all times. Hydrating solutions like, Pedialyte, should be a part of your medical kit. Probiotics can also be a source of good bacteria and gives your intestines a good treatment. Cheese, dark chocolate, sauerkraut etc are some of the good sources of probiotics.
Travelers diarrhoea exposes the infected person to a myriad of problems. From watery stools to high fever the agony only gets prolonged. While in most cases the infection subsides on its own, there will be issues which may involve using the services of a healthcare provider. Simply adopt the general treatment steps highlighted above and travel safe around the world.