Water Purification Bottles and Diarrhoea Prevention Products

What are the best methods for treating drinking water abroad? This is a very common question amongst travellers who may not have access to clean drinking or bottled water. Boiling water is a tried and tested method, but is not always practical. Here we look at alternatives.

Chlorine dioxide tablets are one of the safest and most effective chemical water disinfectants available. They kill bacteria, viruses and cysts in water (including giardia and cryptosporidium). They can be used to treat drinking water, as well as water used for cleaning teeth and preparing food. There is no need for additional neutralising tablets as chlorine dioxide tablets don’t have any taste. The tablets can be used to treat as much as 30 litres of water and are safe for long term use.

Iodine used to be a very common water treatment and was widely available to purchase in the UK. Although proven to be very effective and safe, iodine is unfortunately not being supported under the EU Biocides Directive. For this reason most manufacturers have discontinued supplying iodine products since 2009. We now recommend using chlorine dioxide tablets; a great alternative.

If you are not limited with space, try the handy Aquapure Traveller portable water purifier bottle. It utilises new M.A.D. (Mechanically Advanced Disinfection) Technology, a chemical free system that not only does a far better job than the original product, but also has a faster flow rate: all without chemicals. The bottle was designed to provide safe drinking water that tastes great. Its filter cap will purify around 350 litres in the course of its lifetime, and is the only portable water purifier officially endorsed by the Hospital of Tropical Diseases London. It is environmentally friendly; by using the Aquapure Traveller, you are helping the environment by not dumping the equivalent of 700 plastic bottles per filter. It is easy to use. There aren’t any chemicals or complicated produces; you just fill it and drink. Aquapure Traveller eliminates viruses and bacteria including E. Coli, polio, hepatitis An and others. It removes waterborne pathogens, including giardia, cryptosporidium, etc. It gets rid of toxic chemicals and heavy metals, along with bad tastes, odours and sediment. It’s the perfect solution for holiday makers, backpackers, trekkers, business travellers and, in fact, anybody who requires access to pure, fresh water anywhere in the world. Replacement filters are available and can be replaced by simply taking off the old cap and screwing on a brand new one.

Bimuno Travelaid helps keep the stomach healthy while abroad. This truly exceptional patented formula has been specially developed for travellers by global specialists in digestive health. Research projects show that the unique second generation prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharide formulation of Bimuno Travelaid helps encourage and sustain a healthy level of your gut’s “good” bacteria (bifidobacteria) helping to prevent “bad bacteria” from becoming established. Furthermore, unlike other prebiotics, or indeed probiotics, it also has unique anti-adhesive properties, which help the body to drive out “bad” bacteria you may have consumed. By this combined effect of maintaining a favourable balance of “good” bacteria and preventing bad bacteria from finding a home you can aid in keeping your tummy happy on its travels. Since the protective benefits of Travelaid build over time, it is recommended that you take the product for 7 days before your departure and each day while you are abroad. Due to its effectiveness, Travelaid is recommended by a large number of travel clinicians and Bimuno is an approved travel industry partner of ABTA.

We hope you found this article interesting and informative. It was written by a travel nurse who works closely with World Wide Nets, suppliers of various travel accessories. Visit their website to buy any of the products mentioned in this article.

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