Dianna Martino - Holistic Naturopath & Coach

Holistic Adelaide Naturopath

No Bali Belly, Naturopath Style

Recently I departed Newcastle to visit the lovely Bali, a winter escape shall we say. Being a naturopath I like to take care of my body and this includes when I travel. There are several strategies that I personally implement for myself and my clients to prevent infection and take care of our health when travelling to countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and more. For good health internationally, you may like to consider:

  • A good anti-microbial, anti-parasitic herbal formula may help to eradicate any bugs that you may ingest.
  • Heat stable probiotics to support the good bacteria populations in your gut to further help your body combat any naughty microbes. Heat stable is important unless you are going to be travelling with a refrigerator…
  • Drink and brush your teeth with bottled water- many accommodation places provide you with bottled water to brush your teeth with each day.
  • Don’t eat from street vendors that look like the meat has been hanging out in the heat all day- if your gut instinct says don’t eat it, trust your gut!
  • Cosmic radiation from flying high in the sky- you might like to try flower essences or homeopathics to help protect your body from cosmic radiation. You could try Australian Bush Flowers combination- Electro Essence. This can be found in health food stores.
  • Pollution- oh so stinky and laden with toxins! If you’re walking the streets with thousands of scooters and automobiles zooming past you, spitting out pollution into your precious lungs, you might want to try a few of the following ideas:
  1. Green vegetables and juices if available
  2. Colourful vegetables and juices for their anti-oxidant qualities
  3. Turmeric is a great anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and protects your liver. Indonesia has a local drink called ‘Jamu,’ it contains primarily turmeric and ginger; get your hands on one of these to support your body to battle the pollution.
  4. Lots of clean water to help your body flush out the toxins. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime if you can find some- the additional vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant and the fruits help to alkalise the body.
  • Get excited and relax! Travelling can be exciting and stressful, and those stress hormones can really deplete us in many ways. Find ways to relax throughout your travels, whether it’s lying on a beach, pool lounge, getting a massage or having a tasty health drink in a café. Check in with your body and take care of yourself.

So there you have it, some of my recommendations for health and wellbeing internationally. May you be safe, happy and well in your travels!

Dianna Martino





*These recommendations are general and not recommended for people on medications or with health conditions. Some herbs and supplements may interact with medications and must be prescribed and monitored by a health professional. Please consult with your naturopath or doctor before trying any of these recommendations.