Health Care for Globe Trotters
50 percent of people, who travel, suffer a travel - related illness. All
travelers should be well prepared for travel and be prepared to protect
themselves from travel related illness. In this article various aspects of travel
related illness have been discussed with related protective measures.
According to ayurveda traveling causes vitiation of vata dosha. Vata dosha
regulates all the activities of body like digestion, respiration, excretion,
transmission of nerve impulses, reflexes, body movements etc. When vata gets
vitiated due to traveling all these normal functions of body also get
imbalanced. The imbalances in body functions project themselves as travel
Motion sickness: Almost every body are susceptible to motion sickness.
Fatigue, giddiness, deprivation of sleep, nausea and vomiting are the main unwelcome
symptoms of motion sickness. Avoid consuming alcohol, pain killers, spicy foods,
fried foods and junk foods during traveling. Try to relax and chose a window
seat. Do not read or talk. Or watch someone who is motion sick.
Eat light food. Include pomegranate, ginger and curds in your diet while
traveling. Rinse your mouth and wash your face with cold water as soon as you
take your food.
Diarrhea: Though travelers' diarrhea is mild inconvenience to a traveler,
it may at times be life threatening too. Upsets in digestive system frequently occur
in travelers due to stress, time zone changes, irregular meal times and new foods.
But serious diarrhea during traveling is caused by bacteria, viruses or
parasitic infections. The best way out is to take ample precautionary measures.
Wash your hands frequently. Use sanitizing liquids, hand washes or gels which
cleanse the hands without water. Always use disposable hygienically packed
tissue papers than towels. Avoid street, roadside foods, buffet meals. Select
food which is well cooked and served hot. Thick-skinned fruits which you can
peel yourself are usually safe. Avoid raw or undercooked meat, fish, uncooked
vegetables, salads. Be care full with unpasteurized milk and milk products.
Always use sealed mineral water, canned juices and beverages.
Never use ice cubes or unsealed bottled beverages. Bottled Beer, wine and hot
coffee or tea are safe. Drink from original containers or clean glasses If you
get mild diarrhea eat light ,soft and semi solid foods like idli, soups etc
which are easily digestible. Avoid heavy, spicy and non vegetarian foods. Drink
plenty of fruit juices.(canned or hygienically packed.). Keep yourself well
hydrated. Consult a doctor immediately if diarrhea leads to dehydration.
Constipation: people often become constipated when traveling because their
normal diet and daily routines are disrupted. Drink plenty of water and consume
food which are rich in fibers to avoid constipation.