How to avoid food poisoning while holidaying abroad

News about holidaying turning into nightmares on cruises because of consumption of infected food have made the headlines in the recent past. Of course, when several hundred of people fall ill aboard a luxury ship because of poor food safety standards, there is enough scope to raise the issue with the legal authorities and seek compensation. But why not be safe earlier so that you don’t have to undergo all the hassles – first physical and then legal – and ruin the entire hard-earned opportunity of holidaying abroad?

Millions of tourists world over suffer from food-related illness across the world every year but this can be avoided just by following a few simple steps.

Here are some handy tips to avoid food poisoning while holidaying abroad:

Start conditioning your body well ahead: Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and foods that contain probiotics or good bacteria in the weeks ahead of your visit abroad. Drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and also have enough sleep – all to ensure that your body’s immunity is at its best when you essentially leaves the shores. You are bound to have violation of eating rules and times while touring and a stronger immunity will help you minimize the health scare. Click about holiday food poisoning if you want to know more about seeking compensation for food poisoning.

Avoid outside water, even dirty swimming pools: Stay away from swimming pools that look dirty while you are visiting abroad for you can contract water-borne diseases from them and their symptoms will be very similar to that of food poisoning. Also pick sterilized water in sealed bottles while drinking and never ever drink it from local sources. Also avoid ice in your food unless it is made of treated water.

Only take fresh and hot food: Avoid frozen and stale food even if it comes cheaply or you might have to pay a bigger cost while trying to save money. Only eat freshly prepared food. Say no to uncooked food. Even avoid salads as you don’t know how long the cut fruits and vegetables were kept in the open or with what kind of water were they washed. If you want to eat fruits, pick the ones that are untouched. Don’t go for uncooked animal products, particularly. Also, choose food that you are familiar with. You can have unknown food options in another place or country. Don’t go for something about which you are not sure enough.

Avoid ice-cream sold by little known sellers: You never know the quality of water used in ice-creams that are sold by lesser-known sellers. Even more when you are abroad as the local manufacturers may try to sell even worse ones.

In case you have food poisoning, you can do little but allow your body to cope with it. However, you need to take care of the fact that your body doesn’t remain too much dehydrated as that can lead to more complications. Continue to drink pure water. In case of children, use rehydration salt so that they don’t get too weak. If you are having loose motion, don’t eat tablets to block it and rather allow your body to get detoxified unless of course, it is too alarming a problem.


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