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Survey Reveals Most Americans Planning Vacations Within the U.S.; Tummy Troubles Top Travel Health Woes
Date:5/15/2008

eler's diarrhea and other intestinal ailments.

"Many people in other parts of the world, particularly Europeans, are firm believers in using probiotics to ward off traveler's diarrhea, but Americans are just catching on to the concept of probiotics in general. It's not surprising that many Americans don't think of them for prevention of a disheartening vacation disruption," says Dr. Raymond.

In fact, more than three quarters (77 percent) of those surveyed say they have never heard of using probiotics to help strengthen their digestive systems and 36 percent saying they have never even heard of probiotics at all.

Managing Travel-Related Tummy Troubles

Most cases occur within the first week of traveling, but travelers' diarrhea can occur at anytime during a trip and even after returning home. However, there are things that can be done to protect one's digestive system and avoid a trip ruined by intestinal distress. Dr. Raymond offers her tips to help keep TD from putting a damper on a well-deserved vacation:

-- Boost your gut with a probiotic: Try a probiotic supplement, such as

Florastor(R) (Saccharomyces boulardii) for several days before a trip

and during the trip. "There has been scientific study showing a

reduction in travelers' diarrhea with a Saccharomyces probiotic

species, and I've actually used Florastor personally for this purpose

with success," says Dr. Raymond.

-- Say no to anti-diarrheal medications: "Eliminating the diarrhea is

important, yes, but stopping it up and keeping the toxins in your

intestine for a length of time is not a good idea," says Dr. Raymond.

-- Avoid consuming tap water: Bottled water is best when traveling -- all

it takes is once glass of bad tap water to keep you grounded for your

vacation.

-- Choose foods wisely: Steer clear of street vendors, and no matter how

clean a restaurant lo
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