A common misconception is that you can only be struck down by severe diarrhea while travelling in far-flung, developing countries with relatively poor hygiene standards.
In actuality, the harmful bacteria responsible for Occasional Diarrhea (OD) can be found much closer to home.
E.coli is a bacterium commonly found in the lower intestines of humans and animals that aids healthy digestion. Some strains, however, can cause infection and lead to severe cases of diarrhea.
These strains exist in food or water that has been contaminated, usually with invisible fecal matter. Food handlers carrying harmful E. coli can pass the bacteria on by not thoroughly washing their hands before performing their work—something that happens far more often than you may think.
In fact, since 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has investigated more than 20 major E. coli outbreaks throughout the US, most notably one late last year that was linked to the popular Mexican food chain Chipotle. The outbreak sickened an estimated 500 people and led to the temporary closure of several restaurants nationwide.
So with the risks for infection a lot closer to home than we may like to admit, how can you protect yourself against this common health problem (and still enjoy your favorite foods)?
The answer is Travelan.
Despite the name, Travelan doesn’t just cater to those going overseas. Its active ingredient, Bovine Colostrum Powder, is rich in antibodies that bind to the harmful strains of E. coli in the gastrointestinal tract, preventing them from attaching to the intestinal wall and thereby neutralizing their ability to cause diarrhea and its associated symptoms.
Whether you’ve got a business trip interstate or you’re visiting the local country fair where open-air food stands are all the rage, insure yourself against potential infection by taking Travelan.