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Preventing Traveler’s Diarrhea with Colostrum-LD

Preventing Traveler’s Diarrhea with Colostrum-LD

With Colostrum-LD™, an individual may be better equipped than ever before to protect the gastrointestinal (GI) system against traveler’s diarrhea (TD), a stomach and intestinal infection commonly associated with E. coli bacteria.

Colostrum-LD™ offers a safe, effective bovine colostrum supplement that has been shown to help eliminate the risk of diarrhea from infectious causes. As such, Colostrum-LD™ may prove to be exceedingly valuable for individuals who want a fast, effective treatment to manage Traveler’s Diarrhea and other GI issues.

What Is Travelers Diarrhea?

Traveler’s Diarrhea often affects travelers in developing countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

The infection may occur if an individual consumes contaminated food or water and frequently is associated with the unsanitary handling of food.  For example, if a restaurant employee does not wash his or her hands after using the bathroom, this individual can transmit harmful bacteria to customers via contaminated food.

TD can result in a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

TD symptoms may last for three to seven days; infections are rarely life-threatening but they can cause severe dehydration. If nothing else, a bout of TD can ruin your entire vacation.

How Is Traveler’s Diarrhea Treated? 

Hydration is the main treatment for TD. Water rejuvenates the body and helps a traveler overcome dehydration.

In many cases, travelers will receive antibiotics for TD as part of a pre-travel consultation with a medical professional. However, improper use of antibiotics may promote drug resistance in the bacteria that can cause TD.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes the Shingella sonnei bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin, which is often the top choice to treat adults dealing with the shigellosis intestinal infection. In a recent CDC study, 90 percent of tested adult shigellosis cases were resistant to ciprofloxacin.

For parents, it is important to consult a doctor immediately if a child or infant displays Travelers Diahrea symptoms. WebMD points out many TD treatments are not recommended for children, and dehydration poses severe health risks to children who suffer TD.

Traveler’s Diarrhea Prevention Tips

There is no surefire solution to prevent all TD symptoms, at all times. Instead, travelers may need to take a number of precautions to avoid Traveler’s Diahrea and related Gastro-intestinal problems.

When traveling, there are many foods and beverages that individuals should avoid due to potential contamination risks. These include

  • Raw Fruits and Vegetables: Raw fruits and vegetables may look appetizing, but they can transmit foodborne pathogens. If you eat fresh fruits, be sure that they are ones that you can remove the outer skin (i.e., bananas, pineapple).
  • Tap Water: Sealed, bottled water offers a safe choice for travelers. If bottled water is unavailable, water should be boiled to remove contaminants. Avoid ice cubes that have been made with tap water.
  • Raw or Undercooked Meat, Poultry, Fish, and Eggs: A traveler should only consume meat, poultry, fish, or eggs if it is freshly cooked and piping hot.

Despite a traveler’s best efforts to monitor what he or she eats, there may still be instances where an individual gets sick due to contamination. Remember, foods and beverages may be tainted at any point between when a traveler receives and consumes these items, and where a travel dines out can have far-flung effects on his or her health. Therefore, it usually is a good idea to be cautious when selecting a restaurant. Choosing a restaurant that has a proven reputation, i.e. one that locals visit frequently, generally is a safe decision. Look for establishments that are busy because they tend to have a high turn-over of food and it’s not sitting out collecting bacteria.

For travelers who want snacks, packing nonperishables is vital. Safe, healthy non-perishable snacks for travelers include:

  • Canned or sealed nuts
  • Instant oatmeal (Remember to use bottled or boiled water to prepare it)
  • Canned or bagged tuna
  • Dried fruits
  • Breakfast or protein bars

In addition to nonperishable snacks, travelers may want to pick up over-the-counter (OTC) medications for diarrhea, gas, and heartburn. Certain OTC medications may be tough to find in different parts of the world. By packing OTC medications before a trip, a traveler will ensure he or she can quickly address GI symptoms, regardless of location.

Research indicates adults who take the equivalent of two Pepto-Bismol tabs, four times a day can decrease the incidence of TD by up to 60%. Travelers should keep in mind that there are side effects associated with Pepto-Bismol as well. Common Pepto-Bismol side effects include anxiety, confusion, constipation, drowsiness, and dizziness.

Some travelers believe probiotics help stop Traveler’s Diarrhea by crowding out the bad bacteria. Yet research is inconclusive about whether probiotics can be used to consistently combat TD.

Prophylactic antibiotics also are effective to prevent TD. Like Pepto-Bismol, prophylactic antibiotics have side effects that travelers need to consider.

It often helps to perform plenty of research before traveling outside the United States, too. The CDC and U.S. Department of State Travel Information offer valuable resources to help travelers check out a destination’s drinkable water supply, medical care, and vaccination requirements and other suggestions. With this information in hand, a traveler can identify health and safety risks and plan accordingly.

Lastly, meeting with a healthcare provider two months prior to international travel is crucial. A healthcare provider can provide recommendations and suggestions to help a traveler self-treat Traveler’s Diahrea and other GI issues.

How Can Bovine Colostrum Help an Individual Combat Traveler’s Diarrhea? 

Bovine colostrum has been shown to provide beneficial outcomes as a daily prophylaxis agent for adults and children with TD. Various peer review studies indicate colostrum can eliminate and prevent all types of infections.

Colostrum-LD® is clinically proven to heal and prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) and contains significant amounts of immunoglobulins and lactoferrin to inhibit bacteria and virus activity within the body.

Also, Colostrum-LD™ includes proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs), powerful immune modulators that control the immune response to invading gut-based pathogens.

PRPs consist of short chains of amino acids – the building blocks of the human body. They work as hormones that regulate the thymus gland and help modulate the immune system, making PRPs the most important contributors to the effectiveness of bovine colostrum.   

When it comes to travel, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Overseas travelers should carefully select foods and boil water in areas of poor sanitation to minimize the risk of TD.

In addition, consistent use of Colostrum-LD™ may help a traveler eliminate harmful pathogens, fight off infection, and protect the GI and stomach lining, further reducing the dangers associated with Traveler’s Diarrhea. And, of course, be sure to take Colostrum-LD™ with bottled water.