You’ve most likely either experienced the misfortune yourself or you know somebody who has: a dream overseas trip soured by a debilitating bout of Traveler’s Diarrhea (TD).

It is an affliction that can strike down even the most seasoned travelers, laying waste to their carefully made plans and rendering them virtually immobile for days on end.

So what exactly is TD, what causes it, and what can be done about it to ensure you don’t spend your vacation holed up in your hotel, within sprinting distance of the bathroom?

Most cases of TD are caused by a nasty strain of E. coli, called Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) which is commonly found in contaminated food and water supplies and when ingested can secrete toxins that act on your intestinal lining and cause disease. This usually results in the symptoms many of us are all too familiar with: high fever, belly cramps, vomiting and profuse watery diarrhea.

Typically these symptoms last for three or four days, but they can persist for up to three weeks in extreme cases. While rarely severe enough to warrant antibiotics or hospitalization, TD is still something you’d much rather avoid—and contrary to what many travelers might say—it is avoidable.

Several products exist for the treatment of TD, most of which are aimed at alleviating dehydration and restoring electrolytes. But the good news is that you don’t have to wait for TD to strike and disrupt your holiday—with Travelan, you can stop it before it even starts.

Travelan’s active ingredient is a bovine colostrum product produced by dairy cows, and is clinically proven to reduce the risk of Traveler’s Diarrhea. The active ingredient contains antibodies that bind to ETEC and neutralize their ability to cause TD.

Travelan caplets are designed to be taken before every meal, and additional caplets may be taken when increased protection is required, i.e. when snacking between meals.

For a TD-free trip, we advise a comprehensive preventative approach. Use Travelan in conjunction with normal travel hygiene practices—including washing your hands frequently, avoiding food from street kiosks, drinking only bottled water and avoiding salads and other uncooked food. Follow these simple measures and your trip will surely be memorable for all the right reasons!