Avoiding Stomach Bugs While Traveling Jacksonville AR

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

Jacksonville Athletics
(501) 982-0676
801 Sandalwood Dr
Jacksonville, AR
 
Academy
(501) 210-6030
6100 Warden Rd
Sherwood, AR
 
Arkansas Cycling & Fitness
(501) 834-5787
3010 E Kiehl Ave
Sherwood, AR
 
McSwain Sports Center
(501) 945-2471
7900 Baucum Pike
North Little Rock, AR
 
Finish Line The
(501) 758-6967
3929 McCain Blvd
North Little Rock, AR
 
Jacksonville Sportswear
(501) 982-2241
640 W Main St
Jacksonville, AR
 
Gander Mountain
(501) 945-4070
5450 Landers Rd
North Little Rock, AR
 
J & P Bike Shop Inc
(501) 835-4814
7910 Highway 107
North Little Rock, AR
 
Sports Authority The
(501) 945-4820
4124 E McCain Blvd
North Little Rock, AR
 
Hibbett Sports
(501) 605-8669
110 S Rockwood Dr
Cabot, AR
 

Avoiding Stomach Bugs While Traveling

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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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