"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
-- Choose foods wisely: Steer clear of street vendors, and no matter how
clean a restaurant lo
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