So before we went away on our cruise, I was getting a fair amount of ribbing from my little brother about plague ships. Now you might have heard something about this in the news recently. One of the cruise ships in the Caribbean, at the same time as us, was struck down with norovirus. There were so many cases that the cruise had to stop.
A number of things can cause a stomach bug like this to spread through a shipful of passengers: contaminated food or water, sick crew members working with food and passengers bringing on a virus with them. Obviously, you can’t see the virus and whilst you can make sure you practise good hygiene, you can’t speak for everyone else on board. I was a bit concerned about becoming ill on our holiday, so I decided to take a probiotic to give my body a helping hand.
I took Optibac Probiotics supplement for travelling abroad before, during and after our trip. This supplement contains 4 high quality live probiotic strains, including Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52. When eating and drinking different foods in unfamiliar environments it’s thought to be beneficial to have a healthy coating of probiotic bacteria in the intestines, in order to naturally support your immunity and digestion.
It’s recommended that you take the supplement for about 5 days before travel, during your trip and a few days after your return too. I didn’t start until 2 or 3 days before travel, but otherwise followed these recommendations. The good news was that I didn’t have any stomach problems during my holiday and stayed healthy so that I got the most out of my trip.
There’s also a children’s product available (in sachet form), so that you can protect the whole family.