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Find Out How To Keep Healthy On Your Vacation

By Jeff Alvarez

A number of foods and drinks are unsafe in a hot country in particular in a third world country. Cold drinks that aren’t bottled and uncooked food like salads are probably contaminated, and you absolutely need to be suspicious of them. This does not involve fruits that can be peeled.

Beverages that come in a bottle are safe, provided they are unsealed in front of you. Be wary of still water, especially if it arrives with the seal broken. Where possiblr by water with gas, in other words fizzy water.

Bathing and showering carries the risk of water getting into your mouth especially in a shower. Toothbrushing should always be done with bottled water, and when you have to visit a toilet just make sure you are carrying tissues for two reasons, the first obvious, the second to dry your hands!!

Ice cream and ice lollies may seem harmless, but for previously mentioned reasons, anything made locally using local water carries with it the risk of bacterial contamination. Also think about things made using egges. Mayonnaise is made with eggs, and it comes with salads, normally washed in local water, so beware. Even warm hollandaise sauce has to be treated with great caution

Hot food can be a problem unless it is freshly cooked before you, or is at the very least bubbling in the pan. Keep your wits about you at a buffet which might look magnificent, but which might contain food being kept at the wrong temperature. This means cold food not being kept cold enough, and cooked food not being kept hot enough. If either is wrong, then bacteria can multiply and with it problems.

Don’t go near a buffet that was laid out hours before the meal was due. Especially beware if the food is left uncovered. This sort of thing would not pass health and safety in the UK, and eat the buffet food at your peril.

Many holidaymakers are sensible, and still get gippy tummy, because they take ice in their drinks. Ice made with local tap water isn’t safe, so drinks in bottles chilled in the fridge are the acceptable risk free option. Obviously wine, beer, coffee, tea can be excluded from this list

In fairness if you are staying in a five star hotel, whilst the same rules apply you are probably safer. A brief chat to other guests to see if there has been any problems should set your mind at rest. However if you are with elderly people or young children then the above precautions should be noted.

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