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Traveler Health Advice
Health must not be taken for granted. If you are healthy, then it is due to the environment. You are used to climatic conditions, food, microorganisms, etc. Any alteration in these can induce problems. Let us take a look at possible health threats and ways to cope with them.
What you are eating normally at home keeps you healthy. You should not experiment too irresponsibly with local delicacies, as they can harm your stomach. Eating only from clean places and consuming only what you are used to is a good idea to stay healthy. Otherwise you put yourself to a tremendous risk. Stomach problems are most often caused by consuming an unusual type of food, getting food intoxication, mixing cold with warm, eating too much.
A very important advice we'd like to give you is to bring a water heater with you. Make warm tea with it or even warm water and drink it in order to compensate for the soup you would normally have at home. Warm liquid is essential. Drink in the morning or at lunch and in the evening. Drink more than just a normal cup, we'd recommend you to drink 2-3 big cups. This washes the stomach and helps digest.
If you eat "heavy foods", then we recommend you to drink a normal amount of beer with it, also helping digestion.
A problem only on long haul flights. Occurs when there is a significant difference between the departure and arrival location's time zones. Some travel fatigue added and climate differences can get you almost sick. But it's not that tragic if you try to get used to the time zone change before departure. For a few days at least, you should try to pre-adapt your organism to the new sleeping and eating conditions.
It is recommended that prior to a long haul flight you rest more than normally and do regular physical exercise, such as running. It is also said to help if you avoid alcohol, caffeine-containing drinks and drink more natural liquids, such as water and natural juices. Avoid hard to digest foods and eat vegetables, fruits.
Take Medicine on the Trip
Always have a small bag of medicine with you. Pain relief, aspirin, etc. Make sure you are prepared to cope with smaller problems with the medicine you take with you. You must be prepared for: stomach/digestion and intoxication-related problems, headaches, muscular pain, cuts and bruises, bone and joint pain (ointments are good to have with you), etc.
Whenever you travel abroad, get a travel insurance.
Even though it only means small help, but at least you can get medical attention. In most countries a doctor will not even take a look at you and you won't even be brought to a medical center if you have no financial coverage. Remember: you are not at home and you need insurance even for the smallest problems.
If you take a trip to an exotic region, then you are highly likely to get infected if you don't take the precautions recommended by the respective country's embassy and the travel advisor websites.
Before you travel to exotic regions, such as Latin America or Southeast Asia, but not only, make sure you get well informed at the embassy and also read books, consult online travel health advisors about the possible threats. Some countries might require compulsory documents about vaccines. You will have to prove that you have been vaccinated.
The most common vaccines are against hepatitis variations, especially the B type, then there is the famous and terrifying malaria, but the list could go on with yellow fever, Spanish flu, dengue fever, etc. The vaccines are preventive, but they don't mean you become immune!
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