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How To Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog

While getting sick when you are travelling is an awful experience, it’s also a very common one, and you need to know what it takes to prevent most illnesses that can affect you while you are visiting new places. To help you make the most of your visit, we have compiled a short list of the some of the most common illnesses that affect travellers and what they can do to prevent, treat or avoid them.

Traveler’s Diarrhea

If you are visiting a developing country, then the odds are about 50/50 that you will experience traveller’s diarrhea. This isn’t like normal diarrhea, mind you. It is chronic and leaves you dehydrated and comes from contaminated food and water.

To avoid this problem, you need to be very careful about what you are putting into your body, no matter where you are visiting. Make sure the tap water is treated, and even check the bottle water to see if it has undergone some form of treatment, such as reverse osmosis. You also want to ensure all fruits and vegetables are washed and that meats are stored and cooked properly before consuming them.

Influenza

If you are waiting in line at airport counter or to get on a boat, you are going to be in a crowd of people where at least a couple of them are likely to have the flu at any given time. In tropical countries, influenza affects people all year long, and not just during a certain season.

To protect yourself, practice some prevention and take Vitamin C regularly, drink plenty of water, get your flu shots and wash your hands before they come in contact with your face (such as eating, blowing your nose, scratching yourself or even shaving).

Malaria

This is one of the more unpleasant ones, and it usually only affects people going to tropical or developing countries. Much of Asia, Africa and South America suffer from malaria outbreaks from time to time, and having proper preventative measures on hand is the only way you are truly going to be able to keep yourself safe from this awful illness.

One of the best treatments for malaria is Doxycycline. Though it cannot be taken by pregnant women and children under 8, it is suitable for everyone else. It should be taken 1-2 days before travelling somewhere that malaria is present. It is highly recommended because it is one of the least expensive and most effective malaria treatments.

Typhoid

This is another illness that can be contracted by eating contaminated food and water. While you can prevent it from affecting you by being careful about what you eat and drink, you are always going to be safer if you simply get vaccinated for it before you travel.

It’s always best to look up what diseases are affecting the area you plan to travel to. If you know what to expect, you can be prepared and have the proper vaccinations taken and medications on hand to deal with most illnesses that you encounter.

What? Driving To Work Is Damaging My Health?!

Yes, that’s right: driving to work damaging your health. And not just in the clichéd way, either. Sure, it is obvious that there are healthy ways to get to work, but driving also affects other aspects of your life. Most people don’t know this, and that is just one reason you need to think about leaving the car at home. It might not be easier, but your body will thank you in the long run. If you aren’t sure how driving damages your health, take a look at the following.

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Beep Beep – Get Out Of The Way!

Road rage is not a one off for most people. In fact, studies show that the average person suffers from road rage on a regular basis. Okay, letting off steam is a good thing. The problem is that you don’t let off steam – you just get more stressed. And that is the important thing to remember. Driving is without a doubt a stressful activity, especially when you are commuting to work. The roads are jammed with traffic and you don’t want to be late. The result: you start to stew. Stress is a killer, silent but deadly, and you want as little of it on your life as possible.

No I’m Not In A Mood

Usually, people that say ‘I’m not in a mood’ are almost definitely in a mood. And yes, you guessed it, drivers tend to be moodier than any other commuters. As you fill your body with stress, you are affecting more than your health. Although you don’t know it yet, you are also affecting your personal relationships. Any person that is stressed is not going to be good to be around. And, that can make you the moody pariah of the group. It might not seem like much, but it is detrimental to your mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and driving affects both negatively in equal measure.

The Daily Workout

Obviously, sitting in a car for up to one hour is not good for your body. People’s posture is generally not right and the only muscles working are your feet. A healthy person wants to work everything from their muscles to their cardiovascular system, and you can if you ditch the car. With a bicycle, you can get your daily dose of exercise on the way to work. Just make sure you have bicycle insurance because riding to work can be dangerous. As long as you stay safe, you can kill two birds with one stone. Can you almost feel yourself getting fitter and healthier?

Risk – What Risk?

There are people that think riding to work is dangerous, especially if you need insurance. The truth is that there is an element of danger, but that is true of a car. Just because you are sat behind the wheel doesn’t mean you are in control. After all, car crashes happen more often than any other crash. Plus, you have the added benefit of breathing in carbon monoxide fumes.

As you can see driving to work is damaging your health and it is time you stopped. Walking or riding is much healthier and much more beneficial overall.

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog

Getting To Know Your Vagina

Even though all of us women have one, not many of us know too much about it. That’s right girls – I’m talking about the vagina! This is such an important part of the body, it is super important that you make sure it is always in good health. Want to know the secrets of a happy and healthy vagina? Here are some things every lady should know!

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Wear Cotton Underwear

There are loads of different types of underwear out there that you could buy, but if it were up to your vagina, it would always pick one type – cotton! Ideally, your panties and knickers should have a thin strip of cotton in the crotch as it will absorb moisture and let your vagina breathe. If you are just planning on staying home all day, it could be worth ditching the underwear altogether and going commando! This is because your vagina can then effectively air out. One thing to remember is that you should never go commando at the gym. Your vagina needs all the barriers it can get between itself and the gym equipment!

Use Condoms

Condoms are the most effective way to ensure you never suffer from a sexually transmitted disease. You can find out more about trichomonal vaginitis and other STDs online at various health websites. But there is another reason for always reaching for the rubber! Some studies show that condoms can help your vagina maintain the correct pH levels it needs to stay healthy. That’s because they help to maintain the correct levels of bacteria.

Go Greek

Do you love snacking on yogurt throughout the day? If so, it’s time to switch your regular portion to one of Greek yogurt. This kind of yogurt is packed full of live cultures which will help to boost the levels of good bacteria in your vagina. By doing this, you can reduce your chances of contracting a dreaded yeast infection!

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Get It Checked Out

You will be invited to a vaginal checkup every one to two years. These are usually optional, and many women choose not to go if they aren’t pregnant or showing certain symptoms. However, it is crucial that you take up every invitation and get your lady parts checked out whenever possible. Not only does this give a doctor chance to test you for vaginal cancer, but it also gives you the chance to chat to them about your vaginal health. If you have any questions or worries, now is the time to voice them!

Be Wary About Antibiotics

Did you know that certain antibiotics might actually do harm to all the good bacteria in your vagina? If you need to take the medication in order to fight a serious infection or illness, then you shouldn’t just stop on account of your vagina. But it is something to bear in mind if you are offered a mild prescription of antibiotics. Eating lots of Greek yogurt is a good idea while you take the meds, as it can reduce the damage.

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog