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What should one pay attention to, regarding a hygienic diet when traveling?
(02.20.2008)

The foremost question of staying healthy when traveling is one’s care about diet (dietetic) hygiene during every moment, in order to prevent "disease acquisition via the mouth". Diet hygiene when traveling mainly covers the following aspects:

1. Pay attention to your drinking hygiene.

Generally speaking, un-boiled water is not drinkable. The ideal drinking water choice during traveling is boiled water and sterilized running water. The second choice is water from mountain springs and test wells. Never drink water from rivers and lakes without boiling it first. You can substitute or aid water consumption via eating melons and fruits.

2. Eat melon and fruits, only after washing and peeling.

Always peel the skin before eating melons and fruits. Besides being polluted by pesticides, melons and fruits are likely to be contaminated by pathogenic bacteria and parasites during the harvesting and selling processes.

3. Treat each meal seriously; do not eat just anything that is available when you feel hungry.

You can eat without worry in high-grade restaurants, and eat selectively in ordinary restaurants, but do not consume food and drinks sold by street-side vendors or hand-pushed carts. Though now and then your stomach may rumble with hunger, you should never sample foods from street-side vendors. If you eat without careful and considerate selection when hungry, you are taking risks with your life.

4. Learn to distinguish whether the diet hygiene standards qualify all criteria.

The basic criteria for qualification includes: A Hygiene License, a clear water source, assembly line equipment, fresh raw materials, no flies or mosquitoes, dustproof equipment, a clean surrounding environment, no contact between the cashier and the food and a certain distance between the food and the money.

5. Follow a strict diet whilst on board a car, ship or plane.

As there are no practical conditions for physical exertion or sports whilst on board these modes of transport, the digesting process tends to take longer and becomes slower. If there are no restrictions placed on one’s diet, inevitably the burden on the stomach increases, thus causing an uncomfortable feeling.