To ensure a
smooth holiday without any disasters, 123 Travel
Insurance UK advises the following Travel
Health Tips to stay healthy while you're
holiday makers every year ruin their holiday by
ignoring a number of simple health rules
regarding the consumption of food and drink.
The following points act as an introductory
guide to stave off illness when eating and
||Do not take
for granted the same level of food hygiene
within the UK when abroad.
is safe to drink. If not, stick to
bottled water (always check that the seal is
intact) or water that has been brought to a
rolling boil and then allowed to cool.
Water purification tablets and iodine (4
drops of 2% tincture iodine should be used
for every litre of water and left for 15
minutes) can also be effective.
automatically assume that just because
locals are drinking tap water that it is
safe for yourself. Your resistance to
waterborne illness is likely to be less
||Watch out for
ice in drinks, as they may be contaminated
||If you can't
drink the local tap water, then don't
swallow any of it in the shower, or when
brushing your teeth.
your hands thoroughly before eating.
||Wash and dry
all fruit and vegetables before eating.
||Try to stick
to cooked foods as a general rule.
Salads and fruit may have been washed in
unsafe water even in the most expensive
meats have been well cooked.
particularly aware of undercooked shell fish
as this is a major source of infection.
||If in doubt
stick to local foods rather than western
interpretations. These foods are more
likely to be cooked properly.
cooked on street stalls, especially those
cooked in potentially rancid oils.
In short, the
ancient adage; Cook it, boil it, peel it or
leave it is the safest way to stay healthy when
of new foods to the body's system is always
likely to upset your natural balance. Few
travellers introducing a radically new diet will
not experience at least an upset stomach.
To make the
transition more comfortable ensure high hygiene
levels, avoid spicy or oily foods and alcohol,
and drink plenty of clean water.
Sufferers of diarrhoea
should try to consume plenty of fluids
to prevent dehydration, this is particularly
important for the young.
are a good means to rapidly rehydrate the body
with essential salts. If conditions
persist for more than 48hrs contact your nearest
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