Water water everywhere
But water ain't water
The public is generally aware of the potential problems associated with local water supplies and this has led to the common use of bottled spring and mineral waters. When travelling however some extra precautions should be taken.
Most countries have a purified bottled (preferably glass) water. Check this out on arrival at your destination.
Problems can occur in countries with hot/humid climates when spring mineral waters are stored in plastic for long periods. The problems of heat and light together with the minerals can interact with containers. This is not necessarily true in western countries with good storage facilities and rapid turnover.
Some possible symptoms as a result of water containers can be a bloated heavy flushed, nauseous and or feeling tired.
Be careful of local waters, which may contain high sodium contents these may exacerbate blood pressure in sensitive individuals, cause dizziness and or frequent urination.
Horror stories abound about recycled plastic containers being refilled with local contaminated water.
Be careful not to have cold drinks with ice blocks, which could be made from local contaminated water. Avoid salads or fruits washed in tap water.
The simple act of cleaning your teeth in tap water could cause problems.
Now! Off you go and enjoy your holiday.
Note it is the policy of the Mature Traveller that all information provided would utilise current information, but in no way constitutes a cure or treatment and that travellers should always seek the advice of their health care practitioner.
*Ian Cocks - BSc (Hons) Ost Med. N.D. & Dip TCM.