Southern Charm star Naomie Olindo has been on vacation in Bali and her Instagram pictures are breathtaking. But in one of the captions, she got real about some stomach issues she’s been having.
“Smiling through the #balibelly though,” she wrote, next to a picture of her and her boyfriend, Metul Shah, in what looks like an infinity pool overlooking a rainforest scene. (FYI: She means traveler’s diarrhea)
Naomie’s fans responded to her claims in the comments, often apologizing or chiming in to say the same thing happened to them on their vacations.
Smiling through the #balibelly though
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So traveler’s diarrhea is the most common travel-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Per the CDC, the highest-risk destinations for traveler’s diarrhea include parts of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and Central and South America.
The good news? Traveler’s diarrhea is rarely serious in healthy adults, according to the CDC, but it can make for a pretty miserable vacay.
Luckily, you can take steps to avoid diarrhea when you travel. The CDC suggests choosing foods and drinks carefully—only eat food that is cooked and served hot (so nix the buffets), and only eat raw veggies that you washed in clean water and peeled yourself. You should also try to drink beverages in factory-sealed containers (so, bottled water is fine), and avoid ice, which is obviously made from water.
The CDC also advises to keep your hands clean (especially after using the bathroom and before eating), and if you don’t have soap and water handy, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
If you do get traveler’s diarrhea (like Naomie and her boyfriend), make sure to drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated. The CDC also says many travelers carry antibiotics with them to treat diarrhea early (the choice depends on your destination, so talk to your doc first), along with an OTC anti-diarrheal medication to uh, slow things down a bit.
Here’s to hoping Naomie and Metul have those three things on hand so they can feel better soon (and actually enjoy that beautiful Bali vacay).
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