There are many infections, some annoying, some life-threatening, that are more common in the summer and can cut into your summer adventured and pleasure. So, if you are from the United States visiting another area of the world on your summer vacation, you will run an increase risk of suffering a stomach illness. These are usually caused by bacteria, parasites and viruses.
The “traveler bugs” at the top of the charts are E Coli, the staphylococci, salmonella, campylobacter and hepatitis A. Warmer weather, which help bacteria to multiply faster, help to contribute to a rise in food poisoning during this summer months.
The horrible E. Coli outbreak just recently in Germany and across Europe is a clear example.
Falling ill undoubtedly ranks very high on the list of things that all travelers fear. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, illness is sometimes impossible to avoid and even simple things such as a change in everyday routine can disturb normal health.
Contaminated food is the biggest problem that cut shorts your adventure and pleasure. Drinking water, Ice cream, re-used coconut shells, raw seafood, ice, and food from street vendors are potential risks.
Herbs have been used throughout the centuries by many cultures for health.
Here are a few helpful remedies for some common travelers’ problems.
Motion Sickness: annoying, yet mostly harmless ailment. Ginger is one of the best remedies for nausea and for the stomach aches. You can buy powdered ginger from any store, or fresh ginger root from better groceries or packaged ginger root (like that at sushi restaurants) at Asian grocery stores. (No, Ginger Ale doesn’t count, except for dehydration!)
Stomach Sickness/Diarrhea: One of the greatest experiences you can have while traveling is trying local foods with new and exotic flavors. Unfortunately, if your stomach is not accustomed to very spicy or rich foods, you can run into trouble. Other dangers include tainted or unrefrigerated food, unclean water or unclean dishes and utensils. When disaster strikes in the form of stomach cramps or diarrhea – ginger again, can come to the rescue: tea, dried ginger or just chewing on a piece of raw ginger can work wonders. To make your own natural “alka-seltzer,” mix together the juice from two lemons with a 1/2 tsp. of baking soda. Keep yourself as hydrated as possible to replace fluids lost in vomiting and diarrhea, by drinking either commercially prepared or homemade rehydration beverages (e.g.: Gatorade). To make your own “sports drink”, simply mix together 2 quarts bottled water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 cup fruit juice.
Lack of Sleep /Jet-lag: Plan disruption, time changes, unfamiliar beds and overnight travel can all lead to sleep disorders. There are several herbs, leaves and roots that are useful in helping bring on sleep.
Herbal tea made from lavender, chamomile, California poppy or wild lettuce are all highly effective that is used to relieve jetlag.
Remember, these remedies for the common sicknesses that you are likely to suffer while traveling are for first aid only. Food poisoning can be VERY SERIOUS or even LIFE-THREATENING! You MUST seek medical attention if symptoms persist longer than a day, any unusual symptoms such as bleeding, elevated temperature, elevated heart rate, prolonged diarrhea, dizziness or light-headed-ness.
Have *you* ever gotten sick on a vacation?