More than likely, you have heard of the term ‘Montezuma’s revenge.’ Also known as traveler’s diarrhea, it usually affects people who visit developing or third world countries. Although many associate it with traveling to Mexico, it occurs most frequently to those traveling to Africa, Central and South America, certain parts of Asia, and the Middle East. This malady is a digestive system infection caused by contaminated water or food.
Along with Montezuma’s revenge stomach pain, other symptoms include bloating, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and fever. These symptoms generally appear early in the trip, which is an unfortunate way to spend a vacation. Because of how they feel, some Montezuma’s revenge sufferers refrain from eating and drinking, but it is important to continue to take in food and, especially, fluids in order to get better.
Rehydrate Your Body
One way to get upset stomach relief is to hydrate. Diarrhea quickly depletes the body of water, and this can quickly lead to dehydration. This can be especially concerning for young children, but it can cause worse problems for adults as well.
Bottled water is a good start to rehydrate, but it does not have any electrolytes or other nutrients that the body probably needs. Fruit juices (with no added sugar) and coconut water are good ways to combat this issue. Broths are also a good idea. There are rehydration fluids available to specifically combat not only fluid loss, but also mineral and electrolyte loss. They can easily be found on grocery and pharmacy shelves in the United States, but they may be harder to find in remote areas.
It is recommended that people traveling to remote areas bring salt packets that they can add to bottled water. You can also make your own rehydration fluid:
- 1 L of filtered, clean water
- 2 TBLS sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda or trisodium citrate
- 1/4 tsp potassium chloride
Signs of severe dehydration include dry mouth, decreased urination, no tears with crying, and sunken eyes. This requires emergency attention.
Along with rehydrating, you should also continue to eat. Good choices include soups, salted crackers, oatmeal, and yogurt.
Restore Digestive Function
Montezuma’s revenge causes an imbalance in the digestive system because not only does it expel excess water from the body, but it also results in a loss of good bacteria, minerals, and nutrients. Supporting your body with an herbal cleanse will help you get the rest of the contaminants out while rehydrating and adding back vitamins and minerals to restore the gut back to good health.
It is also a good idea to travel with an enterosorbent like Polisorb. This can be mixed with water, and it brings relief within minutes. It works by binding specifically, and only, to the contaminants causing you to be sick. It then escorts them out of the body, which allows your digestive system to begin to return to normal. Even if you are not traveling to a developing country, it is good to bring with on vacation because it brings rapid recovery hangover relief.