Staying Healthy While Traveling Abroad

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Before traveling internationally it is important to check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website to determine what health precautions need to be taken.  For example, here is what the CDC recommends for Mexico, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/mexico. For our trip to Cancun, it was important for us to refrain from their drinking water, but luckily the water at our resort was filtered so we could brush our teeth with it. The other health concerns for travelers while in Mexico are Hepatitis A and Typhoid. I chose not to be vaccinated against either of these diseases because the vaccines are only 50 percent effective. Instead, I was cautious with the food I ate. I made sure it was fully cooked and served hot. I avoided all types of salads and simply washed my fresh fruits and vegetables with bottled water or removed the outer layer.

Like, my previous post mentioned, I like to be prepared while traveling and since I am a nurse, I planned to have my personal “medicine cabinet” with me just in case. The following things were in my medicine cabinet while we traveled to Mexico.

  1. Probiotics – It was crucial to take my usual dosage of probiotics daily while traveling to help increase my immune system.  Remember, the majority of your immune system lies in your gut.
  2. Multi-vitamin – Again, to help increase my immune system.
  3. Antacid – This is in case we got sick from the food.
  4. Antidiarrheal – Again, in case we got sick from the food.
  5. Anti-pyretic and analgesic — In case we would have gotten an illness with fever, headache etc
  6. Benadryl Anti-histamine – Just in case we had an allergic reaction to something since we were out of our normal environment.
  7. Immune Defense essential oil by DoTerra for extra defense against germs etc.

This may sound like I was being paranoid to some, but I wanted to ensure we had an enjoyable vacation that I had long awaited for. It is always best to be prepared, as you never know what might happen.

Enjoy the beautiful picture of the beach from our trip!

Be well!