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Tips for diarrhea-free traveling

A bad case of food poisoning (or traveler’s diarrhea) can ruin even a well-planned vacation. The following tips can help backpackers and travelers prevent common food mistakes and avoid frequent trips to the toilet.

Vegetables are healthy but don’t eat even a single leaf of basil if you are not sure if they are well washed. Veggies like onions, tomatoes, and especially lettuce are almost impossible to clean well, so stay away from them. Opt for cooked vegetables instead.

Go for fruits with peels like oranges, bananas and mangoes and stay away from strawberries, apples, and grapes for the mean time.

Never drink juice or water unless it is bottled, boxed, or boiled. Stick to brand-name sodas to be safe.

Stick to well-known restaurants that have a large turnover. Unless you want to feast on yesterday’s leftovers.

If you are an adventurous soul who wants to try local delicacies, pick the ones which are popular with locals. I would suggest avoiding street food stalls if possible, but if you really must eat somewhere unsanitary, seek out a place that many locals seem to be frequenting. Don’t be tempted by fast service at an empty place, no matter how good it smells.

Bananas are a traveler’s best friend. It is ideal to consume bananas on a daily basis whenever you are on travel. While bananas won’t prevent a major episode, they will help your stomach weather smaller bouts of indigestion.

And just to be sure, don’t forget to carry Cipro and Imodium wherever you go. Make sure to take the proper dosage and use only in the worst of episodes in order to avoid developing a tolerance.

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