When many tourists come to Mexico they often have troubles with their stomach and Moctezuma’s revenge can easily strike. There are many reasons why this happens and ultimately anyone who is coming to the city should do all that they can to avoid this. If you get sick during your time away then you end up losing valuable days, where you will be stuck in your room, struggling. There are some telltale things to watch out for when you visit here, and this is how you can do your best to avoid sickness.
Check The Ice
The water in Mexico is not potable and that is why you have to make sure that you don’t consume any of it. The biggest issue here is the ice which you get served in your drink. if the ice has been made with tap water then it is going to melt and cause you some real problems. The best course of action when you are in a bar or a restaurant is to simply ask whether the ice is from a bag or if it is from the tap.
All vegetables should be washed with an iodine solution before you decide to eat them. This is for two main reasons, the first is that the soil here can be very rich and that is what makes the vegetables tough on the stomach. The second reason is that every often the handling of the vegetables just isn’t very good, and they are often on the floor or going through dirty hands on their way to you. The solution is sold in all stores, and you will actually find it right there next to the vegetables.
Street Food Dangers
Street food in Mexico is absolutely delicious but you must ensure that you are picking the right places to eat. The best rule of thumb is that you go to the street food vendors where the locals are eating. If you see a stand with nobody there, it is likely that there is a reason for this and therefore you should avoid it. If you are in any doubt then it is always worth keeping an eye on what the staff at the stand are doing with regards to handling meat and storing meat. Very often you can see quite quickly how seriously they are taking hygiene, and that is going to help you to find out whether or not you should avoid the place.
Taking It Easy
The best advice that my friend Rose Burillo gave me was to only eat a very small amount when I buy food from the streets. This helps not only so that you don’t get full up, but it also minimizes the chances that you can get sick. I have to be honest, this has been advice which has really served me well over the years and it is something which I would suggest that you also do.