Avoiding Stomach Bugs While Traveling Cedar Rapids IA

Be sensible about what you put in your stomach and save yourself from unwanted tummy troubles with some adventure travel advices.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(319) 743-3066
4601 1st Ave Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Great Outdoor Traditions
(319) 364-4396
3338 Center Point Rd Ne
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Famous Footwear
(319) 294-8614
351 Collins Rd Ne
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
2nd Wind Exercise Equipment Inc
(319) 393-1840
4399 1st Ave Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Perfect Game Inc
(319) 298-2923
1203 Rockford Rd Sw Ste A
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Cedar Rapids Billiards
(319) 396-8811
221 Edgewood Rd. N.W.
Cedar Rapids , IA
 
Harry's Pro Shop
(319) 533-6471
2020 Scotty Dr Sw
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
JS POWERSPORTS LLC
(319) 364-1120
823 Rockford Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Cedar Rapids Billiards
(319) 396-8811
221 Edgewood Rd NW
Cedar Rapids, IA
 
Strutting Ducks
(319) 390-6509
21 Roxbury Dr NW
Cedar Rapids, IA

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Stomach Sense

Eat, drink and be merry - safely

By Charmian Christie

Most travelers to Mexico have heard of Montezuma's Revenge and heed the cliché advice, “Don't drink the water .” But Mexico isn't the only country where you can pick up a nasty stomach bug, and drinking water isn't the only source. Tainted water can make its way into ice cubes, salads and other edible items you don't suspect. What's more, up to 50 percent of travelers will have some form of digestive upset while traveling to destinations without standard Western hygiene. Even if food looks, smells and tastes normal, it could still be contaminated. And just because the locals are chowing down with no ill-effect doesn't mean you have the iron stomach required to keep the meal down.

Healthy Handling Habits

  • Wash your hands before eating or handling food.
  • Hit the bottle - bottled water, soft drinks, wine, beer and pre-packaged juices are usually safe. Make sure the seal hasn't been tampered with.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables you can peel yourself.
  • Eat only freshly prepared food, provided it's cooked thoroughly and served to you hot off the stove.

Habits to Avoid

  • Even if the drinking water has passed inspection, don't rely on kitchen staff to practice safe food preparation. Play it safe and avoid:
    • Ice cubes
    • Salads
    • Leftovers
    • Undercooked or uncooked foods - dairy and eggs are especially dangerous
    • Brushing your teeth in tap or unsterilized water. Use bottled water or let your teeth get fuzzy for one night.
    • Sampling from street vendors. There's no guarantee these dishes have been refrigerated or cooked properly. They can also be left exposed to flies all day. And we all know what flies eat.
    • Raw food. Sushi may be chic, but raw fish is a recipe for intestinal disaster.

When Disaster Strikes

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we eat something that disagrees with our system. If you get diarrhea, don't panic. Although you think it will never end...

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