To combat the winter blues, many people will book a trip to a tropical island looking for some fun in the sun. If you’re lucky enough to be one of these people, make sure that you’re able to get the most out of your vacation. Don’t miss out on learning how to salsa dance or going on that snorkeling trip because of an upset stomach that keeps you stuck in the washroom.
Often when we visit different regions and countries, we eat and drink very differently. Even those who don’t have sensitive stomachs may complain about having an upset stomach, acid reflux and nausea after indulging.
Then there’s the dreaded traveler’s diarrhea, which you don’t want to have to face when you’re on vacation. Unfortunately it happens to be the number one travel sickness, resulting in diarrhea accompanied by stomach cramps and vomiting. It’s often triggered by microorganisms (e.coli, giardia, amebae, viruses and worms) and can be transferred to tourists through flies and food.
The best protection from traveler’s diarrhea is to observe certain guidelines when it comes to food such as eating only freshly cooked food served hot, peeling fruit before consumption and not drinking untreated tap water.
If you do become ill, eat a lighter diet consisting of more fresh vegetables and drink plenty of fluids. You should drink at least 2-3 litres per day. Freshly pressed juices (without peels), chamomile or peppermint tea mixed with a little nutmeg and hot broth can all help soothe a sore stomach.
Some homeopathic remedies for stomach troubles include: Aloe or Podophyllum petaldum for diarrhea and Sulphur for burning pains during diarrhea and offensive gas. Nux vomica can help with bitter or sour belching with nausea and vomiting, Carbo vegetabilis for belching, burning stomach pains, flatulence and extreme weakness and Iris versicolor for nausea, sour belching, vomiting and headaches.
For more information on how you to stay healthy so that you can enjoy vacation, visit K-W Homeopathic Medicine and Wellness Centre at www.kwhomeopathicmedicine.com or call 519-603-0505 to speak with one of the clinic’s homeopaths.