In part I of my key tips for Thailand I shared a very useful translation that requests your food be cooked in coconut oil and is gluten free. In part II I share three more quick tips for staying healthy in Thailand. These tips can be extrapolated to any other country you visit!

3. Avoid rice, refined carbohydrates and sugar

Do you get swollen in the heat? I get horrendously swollen feet and hands. Often this is an unavoidable part of travelling to hot countries, but there are some things you can do to alleviate swelling.

Avoiding too many carbs and sugar is one of them.

In most of Asia rice is a staple that comes with every single meal, especially curries. But you don’t actually have to eat it. Often I order a curry, no rice and then a side of steamed vegetables. Sometimes just the fat in curry is enough to fill me up when I don’t have a big appetite in the heat anyway.

Eating carbohydrates, including sugar and white carbs such as rice and bread actively increases water retention and therefore makes swelling worse. Your body requires more water to metabolise carbs and so holds onto it.

4. Add salt (electrolytes) to your water

Another way to improve swelling in hot countries is to consume enough electrolytes. Electrolytes are the minerals in water that help to regulate fluid going and out of our cells. If we don’t have enough (or the right balance of) electrolytes it can force our bodies to hold on to every ounce of fluid it has. This means swollen hands and feet in particular.

Salt is simply a mixture of electrolytes. You don’t need to pay a lot of money for fancy electrolyte powers drinks – which are often laden with sugar anyway.

Carry a container of your own salt with you at all times on holiday (and at home as well). Read more about creating nutrient dense water in this post.

But don’t just use iodised/refined table salt. This is often stripped of many important minerals and sometimes they add dirty compounds such as aluminium. Choose quality salt varieties such as:

  • Pink Himalayan rock salt
  • Celtic sea salt
  • Murray river salt

These salts are more than just sodium-chloride, the traditional table salt formula. They contain a host of other minerals such as calcium, chloride, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.

Add a pinch salt to your water to improve your sense of hydration, especially in the heat. You will know if you’ve added too much because it will taste like you’re drinking sea water. Just a couple of grinds to make it taste like mineral water.

5. Take hydrochloric acid supplements with meals

Humans are supposed to have highly acidic stomachs. You could swallow pool acid and as soon as it reached your stomach it would be fine, because that environment is built for hard core acid.

I explore the importance of stomach acid in this post and look at heartburn here.

One of the key roles of stomach acid is to kill any bacteria and pathogens that might get into our system via the food we eat. If our stomach is acidic enough, then it will destroy those nasties before they get down into our gut.

Unfortunately many people have low stomach acid. This is the result of stress and consuming too many refined carbohydrates. If acid is low, then pathogens make it into the small intestine, which is NOT acidic.

Once in the small intestine pathogens can wreak havoc at any stage of our gut causing bloating, diaherrea for an acute period. Sometimes these bugs can linger for years without us realising. Side effects can include lactose intolerance, chronic fatigue and autoimmune conditions.

To prevent nasty bugs making it into your guts you can supplement with hydrochloric acid. This is a perfectly safe supplement that can be purchased from health food shops or online. Acidifying the environment means bugs won’t survive long enough to ruin your holiday by gluing you to the toilet!

If you need a bit more advice on how to use this supplement, please get in touch with me, a certified nutritional therapist.

5. Take hydrochloric acid supplements with meals

Humans are supposed to have highly acidic stomachs. You could swallow pool acid and as soon as it reached your stomach it would be fine, because that environment is built for hard core acid.

I explore the importance of stomach acid in this post and look at heartburn here.

One of the key roles of stomach acid is to kill any bacteria and pathogens that might get into our system via the food we eat. If our stomach is acidic enough, then it will destroy those nasties before they get down into our gut.

Unfortunately many people have low stomach acid. This is the result of stress and consuming too many refined carbohydrates. If acid is low, then pathogens make it into the small intestine, which is NOT acidic.

Once in the small intestine pathogens can wreak havoc at any stage of our gut causing bloating, diaherrea for an acute period. Sometimes these bugs can linger for years without us realising. Side effects can include lactose intolerance, chronic fatigue and autoimmune conditions.

To prevent nasty bugs making it into your guts you can supplement with hydrochloric acid. This is a perfectly safe supplement that can be purchased from health food shops or online. Acidifying the environment means bugs won’t survive long enough to ruin your holiday by gluing you to the toilet!

If you need a bit more advice on how to use this supplement, please get in touch with me, a certified nutritional therapist.

Final words

Travelling is my passion, but it isn’t always easy to stay well while abroad. I really hope that for anyone visiting Thailand, this will help. If you need further advice or want support developing a tailored wellness protocol for while you travel, then seek support from a nutritional therapist. Get in touch with me for a FREE 15 minute consult via the contact page or at info@anograiner.com

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