Avoiding Stomach Bugs While Traveling Toccoa GA

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

Threads Sports
(706) 886-2814
112 Sage St N
Toccoa, GA
Hc Teamwear
(706) 894-2323
150 Central Heights Ct
Mount Airy, GA
Irvin's Store & Hunting Supplies
(706) 778-6116
4964 Old Highway 441 N
Baldwin, GA
Creekside Trading Post
(706) 776-1803
3420 Duncan Bridge Rd
Cornelia, GA
Irvin's Store & Hunting Supls
(706) 778-6116
4964 Historic Highway 441 N
Baldwin, GA

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Hibbett Sporting Goods
(706) 886-2810
960 Big A Rd S
Toccoa, GA
Sports Shop The
(706) 754-2328
240 Habersham Crsg
Clarkesville, GA
Hibbett Sports
(706) 776-3499
343 Habersham Village Ci
Cornelia, GA
Harris Sporting Goods
(864) 882-3391
123 Bay Ct
Westminster, SC
Dick's Sporting Goods
(706) 733-1199
Augusta Mall
Augusta, GA
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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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