Medical Diets

Eat to beat traveller’s diarrhoea

Eat to beat traveller’s diarrhoea

When you’re on a busy trip with a tight schedule, you can’t afford to be ill. Whether it’s a holiday or a business trip, there’s nothing worse than being sick in a strange hotel or landing back home exhausted and drained after a bout of abdominal upset. Nicknamed “Delhi Belly”, “Montezuma’s Revenge”, “Tourista” or the “Jamaican Runs”, traveller’s diarrhoea is the most common affliction for those travelling overseas and is so named because the cause is often simply...

7 April 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. I’ve heard my 20 something, backpacking children speak of the BRAT diet for gastro.  What is it?

Q. I’ve heard my 20 something, backpacking children speak of the BRAT diet for gastro. What is it?

The BRAT diet was originally used to treat diarrhoea in children. However it is now recommended that it should only be used for 24...

2 April 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. Do psyllium husks lower cholesterol?

Q. Do psyllium husks lower cholesterol?

A. Yes. The outer husks from the seeds of Psyllium (Plantago ovato) are effective at lowering both the total cholesterol and the...

26 March 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. Which cheeses should I avoid to steer clear of Listeria?

Q. Which cheeses should I avoid to steer clear of Listeria?

THE QUESTION IN DETAIL Q. I am pregnant and wonder how do I know which cheeses are okay to eat? Help! A. Whilst rare, Listeria is a...

21 March 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Q. Are there any hangover cures that actually work?

Q. Are there any hangover cures that actually work?

A. Everyone has their own hangover remedy - from effervescent B vitamins to greasy food the morning after - but there is little...

10 March 2014 by Catherine Saxelby

Q.  How useful are zinc lozenges for stopping colds?

Q. How useful are zinc lozenges for stopping colds?

A. The cure for the common cold remains elusive, however that doesn't stop the list of ‘cures' from growing longer each winter. To...

24 February 2014 by Catherine Saxelby