How to Keep Your Stomach Safe While Traveling


Some of the most common foodborne illnesses that affect travelers are salmonellosis, E. coli and norovirus.  To avoid these and other stomach issues while traveling, below are some tips:

• The most common culprit is drinking water, including ice. Whenever you are in another country, opt for bottled water and avoid ice cubes in your beverages. Coffee and tea are generally safe to drink, but it may be best to drink your coffee and tea black as to avoid contaminated/unpasteurized dairy products.

• Check labels of dairy products such as yogurt and milk to be sure that they are pasteurized.

• Be cautious of foods at buffets that may have been sitting out, especially cold meats and cheeses as well as mayonnaise.

• Seafood dishes are often the cause of stomach issues – smaller fish tend to be safer, but shellfish such as mussels and oysters are usually best avoided.

• Freshly cooked foods are typically the safest as they are less likely to acquire airborne contaminants.

• Raw fruits and veggies without peels can be trouble – a general rule is that if you can peel it yourself, your stomach is safe!

With a little common sense and caution, you can still be adventurous and enjoy your vacation without being a slave to your hotel bathroom!

Posted: 6/10/2016 2:42:53 PM