Did you know?
Each year, up to 50% of travellers are thought to experience the dreaded ‘traveller’s diarrhoea’ (1.), and with more people going abroad year on year, that’s an awful lot of upset stomachs.
There’s nothing worse: You’ve booked your holiday, looked forward to it for months, packed all of the right clothes, sun creams, insect repellents and so on. You arrive at your destination tired, but thrilled to be there… You settle in to the hotel, enjoy a couple of fabulous local dishes, and hey presto – you’ve been hit with a tummy bug. What now? You have to spend precious holiday time sitting on the loo!
The body’s balance of friendly bacteria is delicate, and can easily be disrupted. Travelling can naturally put strains on the immune system, and when you travel to new environments and eat foreign foods, unfamiliar microbes can irritate the gut wall lining – causing diarrhoea.
Gastroenterologist Dr Georges Mouton recommends taking a probiotic supplement such as ‘For travelling abroad’ by OptiBac Probiotics – especially made to support your gut health during travels. This travel probiotic has been shown to reduce the likelihood of contracting travellers’ diarrhoea to just five per cent (2.). For travelling abroad contains four different probiotics, chosen for their ability to support the immune system, and to flush out pathogenic bacteria before it can cause an upset tummy. Unlike many popular probiotic yoghurt drinks, this vegetarian supplement contains no added sugars or flavourings, and does not require refrigeration. So you can rest assured it wont lose any of it’s potency whilst in transit to your holiday destination.
It is advised to start taking a travel probiotic 3 – 5 days before you go away, to support your digestive health in advance, and then every day during your holiday.
Other things you can do to minimise your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea include regularly washing your hands and especially before eating and drinking, avoiding raw foods or salads and sticking to bottled water.
So next time you go away, don’t get caught short and remember to protect your digestive health…
Written by OptiBac Probiotics
(2.) McFarland, L. V. (2007) Meta-analysis of probiotics for the prevention of traveller’s diarrhoea. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease. Vol. 5, Issue 2, pp. 97 – 105