Dining like a local is tempting when you go overseas, but if you’re not careful, you might eat something your stomach can’t handle. Food sickness can put you out of commission for a few days, so follow these tips to eat well and stay healthy.
Keep it hot
If you’re going to eat meat, make sure it is thoroughly cooked. Fruits and vegetables are much safer, especially if they are the kind that you peel, which prevents bacteria from entering. Seafood is riskier, especially if hasn’t been cooked properly, and be careful with dairy, as they may contain non-pasteurized products and carry bacteria.
Check their rep
Restaurants with a positive reputation will be less likely to have sub-standard hygiene. Find reviews and recommendations for the places you are visiting. Tourist areas will be safer because they want foreign business, and popular places that get crowded will most likely have a higher turnover for food, which is less likely to get spoiled.
Get it bottled
The tap water in many countries does not go through a water filtration system. Many homes will boil their water, but when you are out, stick with bottled water. It’s a good idea to check the seal to make sure it hasn’t been opened and refilled with tap water. If you’re ordering drinks, get them without ice.
Preparing your immune system in the lead up to your vacation will give your body some extra protection while overseas. Fruits and vegetables are always good, but also consider a probiotic. These over-the-counter supplements will line your stomach with cultures that help aid digestion and fight bad bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
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