Traveler's Diarrhea Protection

Aren’t vacations wonderful?  It’s an especially exciting adventure when you can explore new exotic destinations. Whether it is a tour of China, a safari experience in Africa or a relaxing vacation somewhere in the Caribbean, the chance to take a journey to distant lands and experience new cultures appeals to the adventurer in us all.

One of the great joys of traveling is experiencing the culture through savoring its unique cuisine and delicacies.  The new smells and tastes of different foods tempt the taste buds and, often, our better judgment.

Venturing into new environments is not without its risks. What often greets the intrepid traveler is the unexpected bout of traveler’s diarrhea!  Eating contaminated foods or drinking contaminated water, can leave us feeling sick and miserable. Suddenly, without warning, you find yourself spending more time on the toilet than sightseeing! 

Traveler Beware

Traveler’s Diarrhea is an all too common experience in hygiene-challenged parts of the world such as the tropical or semitropical areas of Latin America, the Caribbean, southern Asia, and Africa. 

It is characterized by loose or watery bowel movements and usually accompanied by cramps, nausea, and fever, lethargy and lack of appetite. The culprits causing traveler’s diarrhea are pathogens such as E. coli or salmonella found in raw or poorly cooked foods.   Drinking local water can result in amoebic dysentery, an infection caused by an amoeba. 

It is estimated that as many as 40 million of the 100 million tourists who travel in undeveloped countries will find themselves exposed to some sort of unfriendly organism.  This can definitely put a crimp in anyone’s dream holiday!

When traveling, precaution is always the best strategy.  Avoid raw vegetables and unpeeled fruits; choose cooked food; only drink bottled or boiled water. Often, as hard as you try to take preventative measures, you may still find yourself dealing with a very gurgling tummy.

The good news is that as long as you prepare your intestinal track with a successful defense, you won’t have to worry about spending most of your trip seeking out bathrooms.

Getting in Gut Shape

Populating your gut with healthy bacteria can help prevent, combat and overwhelm those undesirable organisms.  The diarrhea-producing organisms enter into your digestive tract from the contaminated food or drinking water.  Therefore, enhancing your beneficial microflora will build up your system in preparation for an onslaught of unfriendlies.

The first healthy step is to prepare two weeks in advance.  Fortifying your beneficial gut flora with additional protective probiotic reinforcements will reduce the chance of foreign organisms from getting a foothold.

The second step is necessary to take at the very first sign that trouble is brewing. This is when a therapeutic dose of an effective probiotic formula is called for.  You also want to shore up your defenses if you suspect that you just consumed contaminated food or water. The purpose is to send in more good gut microorganism reinforcements to overwhelm the bad bugs.  If the bad bugs get a chance to outnumber the good guys in your gut, you will most likely be down for the count for several days or longer!

Truflora and Theralac – Your Best Travel Buddies

The most effective probiotics to use for gut protection are the patented formulas TruFlora and Theralac from Master Supplements.

Prepare for your trip by taking Theralac two weeks in advance, which will increase the population of your good gut flora. In addition to taking Theralac prophylactically, you also want to take a therapeutic dose of TruFlora during your travels at the very first sign of gut distress. 

TruFlora contains three probiotic strains, called B. coagulans, L. plantarum, and L. salivarius and therapeutic levels of two enzymes, called betaglucanase and hemicellulase.  This combination is exceptionally effective in supporting and re-establishing a healthy intestinal environment.

TruFlora and Theralac Protocol for Preventing and Treating Traveler’s Diarrhea

Before your trip:

  1. Take one Theralac daily two weeks before your trip.

During your trip:

  1. If you notice that you are getting diarrhea, take 2 TruFlora daily until diarrhea stops.
  2. If you suspect you have eaten contaminated food take 2 TruFlora immediately.
  3. If you are experiencing the symptoms of food poisoning i.e. intensive symptoms  of diarrhea and vomiting, take 2 Truflora every 2 hours until symptoms subside.  If you are still feeling sick after 3 courses (6 TruFlora over 6 hours) , it is advised to see a doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. Local doctors are familiar with the most common problems and can prescribe the appropriate treatment.
  4. After the diarrhea episode has been corrected, take a maintenance dose of one daily for two weeks followed by one twice a week while traveling.
  5. TruFlora will stay active up to four months without refrigeration.

Theralac needs to be the other important probiotic in your travel medicine kit. This powerful probiotic supports digestive and immune health with different strains of probiotics than found in TruFlora.    Theralac is the probiotic to reach for when you are put on a course of antibiotics and is also optimal as a loading dose prior to traveling.  It contains five probiotic strains that colonize the entire G.I. tract and restores healthy probiotic strains in your gut. 

  1. Take one Theralac 3 hours away from antibiotics every day that you are on antibiotics.
  2. Continue taking one Theralac daily for 2 weeks after completing antibiotics to restore a health and diverse gut flora.

For the very best gut health, continue on an on-going maintenance program of TruFlora and Theralac when you return.  It is suggested to rotate TruFlora and Theralac on a weekly basis, one week on TruFlora and the following week on Theralac, then back to TruFlora etc.   This will keep the optimal balance in your microflora community!

With the help of TruFlora and Theralac, your travels will be memorable and healthy.  You don’t want to leave home without your two best travel buddies!

About the Author

Sherrill Sellman

Dr. Sherrill Sellman is a Naturopathic Doctor, best-selling author, radio host, international lecturer and freelance health journalist.