“There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before. ” ~ Henry David Thoreau
I’m know I’m not that unique, really more usual than anything, and well I’ve been visited by the dreaded Travelers Diarrhea! Not to share too much information, but it is a very real experience for many and I’ll share my experience in overcoming this dreaded visitor! Anyone traveling should be prepared for the occasional bout by bringing remedies from home, though one should never let it disrupt our joy of discovering all a place has to offer!
I’ve been as careful as can be, using the Grayl water bottle filter, drinking boiled water, or filtered water, and also being very aware of what I am eating of the local faire. Truly knowing a place is eating the local food and there are so many options here in ZZ! The symptoms have come from I think ice cubes in a cocktail at an expat watering hole! I did read the good advice that bottled beverages (beer) are advisable for drinking when ones out-n-about to avoid the happenstance of tap water ice cubes, but I forgot as the fun evening got away from me!
So what to do now with these horrible symptoms?
I did pack my over-the-counter medications like Immodium AD and Pepto Bismol as advised for these sorts of problems, but their effectiveness is waning. And besides, because I will be here for a long duration, it is best to find a natural remedy so as to not mess up my body’s healthy functioning! The symptoms of diarrhea are due to any number of things, and oft-times medicine can abate the symptoms though further aid an imbalance in the gut; this is why I normally opt for a natural remedy and I’m blessed with the ingredients for these with fresh food markets at every corner in my city!
I took the OTC medicine for a bit over a week and the symptoms kept recurring, so drastic measures were called for! Just twenty-four hours on the BRAT diet and with the tea and water, I am already feeling better! I’m a believer in more natural, homeopathic ways of treating things, so this is ideal for me! I’ve also reached out through chat groups and with the locals I have met, to find a Accupuncturist and herbalist as I believe that will be the best answer for this imbalance in my body.
First off, I am limiting my food intake to the BRAT diet naturally bland, binding foods (Bananas, Chicken Broth, Rice, Applesauce,Toast). I am also introducing a yoghurt as a natural probiotic and I am drinking a Ginger/Cinnamon/Honey Tea concoction along with plenty of water. There are also remedies that call for lemon or Apple Cider Vinegar, and many more… you’ll find which works best for you.
These sorts of symptoms are common when traveling, visiting new areas anywhere, and trying new foods or even just over-indulging! The natural remedies offer a gentle and effective solution, while also balancing the body’s functions, and they can be used anywhere, anytime!
I hope this helps you… I’m feeling better by the minute!