Use This Ridiculous Trick To Avoid Getting Sick When Eating Abroad
Traveling abroad anytime soon? If so, something important to know is that your risk of getting sick is very high. If you are willing to travel to places like France, Africa, or even China, chances are that you are an eclectic person, and you are willing to try different things. This is a great mindset to have, but the unfortunate truth is that your body, and stomach haven’t been acclimated to the new environment. This, amongst other reasons, are many of the sure-fire ways to get sick when traveling abroad.
Getting sick, can put a damper on any vacation, but if you find yourself feeling “under the weather”, here are a few things that you can do to help mitigate your risk. While there are many helpful tips out there on the web, they are biased to the traveling process, and not so much about the experience once you have arrived. For example, in some cultures it is rude to, at the least, not try one of their favorite dishes. Escargot anyone?
When trying local cuisine for the first time, it is almost impossible to avoid consuming bacteria or germs that your body isn’t accustomed to. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there is another “not-so-popular” trick available to you, that you can use. Eat spicy food! Crazy, absolutely, but it’s a necessary evil if you want to avoid getting sick.
According to a study by Cornell University, garlic, onion, allspice and oregano, were found to be the best all-around bacteria killers (they kill everything), followed by thyme, cinnamon, tarragon and cumin (any of which kill up to 80 percent of bacteria). Capsicums, including chilies and other hot peppers, are in the middle of the antimicrobial pack (killing or inhibiting up to 75 percent of bacteria), while pepper of the white or black variety inhibits 25 percent of bacteria, as do ginger, anise seed, celery seed and the juices of lemons and limes.
There is a strong hypothesis — that spices provide trace amounts of anti-oxidants or other chemicals to aid digestion — could be true and still not exclude the antimicrobial explanation. However, this hypothesis does not explain why people in hot climates need more micro-nutrients, he adds. The antimicrobial hypothesis does explain this.
Fortunately for you, we learned this wonderful trick the hard way, so just learn from our mistake. Sure, we couldn’t finish our plates due to the level of the spice, but those who chose less spicy dishes ended up dropping like flies within 24 hours. We credit this to the fact that our food was so spicy, it not only killed our taste buds, but some of the bad bacteria in it. Who knew?
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