Say 'No way!' to traveler's diarrhea
If you eat food or drink water contaminated with bacteria, like E. coli,
you're likely to get a bad case of diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. It's not
usually life-threatening, but it can certainly be uncomfortable.
Although you can be infected with these bacteria almost anywhere,
less-developed countries without modern sewage and water treatment facilities
are especially risky. In fact, the illness is so common in popular vacation
destinations like Mexico and Central and South America, that it's knows as
If you don't want to be the next victim of Montezuma's revenge, practice
these travel tips :
• Don't use tap water for drinking or brushing your teeth. Buy bottled
• Before eating, clean your hands with packaged wipes or antiseptic
cleanser, not tap water.
• Drink bottled water, boiled coffee or tea, carbonated drinks, beer, or
• Order your drinks without ice.
• Eat fruits, like bananas, you can peel yourself.
• Don't eat raw vegetables or salads. Eat thoroughly cooked, hot food.
• Buy food and drinks from reputable restaurants and hotels, not street
• Pack some bromelain, a pineapple enzyme that may block E. coli.