Two Must-Pack Items for Your Mexico Trip!

You’re traveling to Mexico soon, & you want to AVOID getting the dreaded Montezuma’s Revenge….amiright??!  My brother & his wife recently went to a wedding in Sayulita, Mexico, near Puerto Vallarta….& EVERY single person at the wedding got sick ~ except the groom!!  (FYI: Sayulita is gorgeous, but known for a problematic sewer system & very poor drinking water).  Many guests had been advised to take probiotics and/or grapeseed oil prior to the trip, to help strengthen their immune system.  Clearly: neither of these worked.  If you’re headed to Mexico, you need something more powerful than that ~ & in this post, I’ll tell you the two must-pack items for your Mexico trip to keep you as healthy as possible!! 

Montezuma’s Revenge be gone!! 

How to Avoid Montezuma's Revenge, Girl Who Travels the World, Two Must-Pack Items for Your Mexico Trip

Do you want to be relaxing on the beach…or married to your toilet in Mexico?! These two items should have you doing more of the former, not the latter…

Two Must-Pack Items for Your Mexico Trip!

The two most potent, over-the-counter supplements to pack for your Mexico trip, are: 1) Hydrochloric Acid (HCL), & 2) Activated Charcoal.  HCL is taken BEFORE your meal; charcoal is taken AFTER a questionable meal.  I’ll go into brief descriptions of each supplement below.  Note: If you’re sick for longer than 1-2 days, go see a doctor!

Two Must-Pack Items for Your Mexico Trip

1) Take Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) BEFORE Any Questionable Meal

I brought HCL pills on a three-month trip through South America, under the advice of my naturopathic doctor.  Prior to her advice, I’d never heard of hydrochloric acid (HCL).  It turns out that HCL is something we already have in our system: it’s the primary stomach acid responsible for digesting & breaking down our food.  It also kills harmful bacteria & toxins ~ which is why HCL is crucial for the traveler to Mexico, or any other country with a water system we’re not used to.

HCL creates a more acidic stomach environment, which is ideal to kill foreign toxins in your system.  Some people are afraid of the word “acidic.”  But remember: your stomach is supposed to be an acidic environment.  Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to break down food.  This is why many people take Apple Cider Vinegar before meals; vinegar is highly acidic, & helps your body digest meals better.  Oh….& during that three-month South America trip, despite eating at roadside stands & having ceviche ALL the time ~ I didn’t get sick once.  My friends who didn’t use HCL?  Not so lucky.

Best Product

Best ProductsNOW Betaine HCL with Pepsin.  This supplement contains pepsin also (your other stomach acid), making it even more potent.  Take the recommended dose of HCL BEFORE any “questionable” meal, i.e. salads, ceviche, sushi, fish, etc.

Two Must-Pack Items for Your Mexico Trip

 2) Bring Activated Charcoal

Charcoal is very trendy right now ~ it’s in everything from shampoo to face masks.  But why is it important for the traveler?  Activated charcoal is one of the most effective emergency decontaminants, & works directly in the stomach & intestine, to remove toxins.  Let’s say you’re in Mexico & you eat a salad; a few hours later, you start feeling queasy.  If you take charcoal AFTER the meal, it will bind with any toxins & help carry them out of your system.  (And yes: your poop may be black the next day….totally normal when taking charcoal.)

Once upon a time….my little black lab puppy, Dylan, accidentally ate 50+ Advils.  The doctors told me he wouldn’t survive ~ & that, if he did, he’d likely have too much brain, liver, & kidney damage to function normally.  But, the one thing they could try, was to give him charcoal: because of its ability to REMOVE toxins ~ which in this case, was Advil.  

The charcoal ended up saving his life, & he’ll celebrate his 11th birthday this year.

How to Avoid Montezuma's Revenge, Girl Who Travels the World, Two Must-Pack Items for Your Mexico Trip

My dog, Dylan, with his teddy bear at Dove Lewis Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon ~ after 48 hours in intensive care. Charcoal saved his life. (This photo was taken over 6 years ago).

Best Product

Best ProductNature’s Way Activated Charcoal.  Nature’s Way is one of the only brands that offers activated charcoal.  It’s about $7 for 100 capsules.  This is powerful stuff, & only take AFTER a “questionable” meal or drinks.  DON’T take charcoal with other medications.  It will bind with them too, thus, wasting your money.  Wait 2-3 hours before taking other medications.

Two Must-Pack Items for Your Mexico Trip!

Thanks for reading about these two MUST-pack items for your Mexico trip.  I’m curious: have you ever heard of hydrochloric acid before?  What about charcoal?  Let me know if you’ve used either supplement before, & what your experience has been in the comments below!

xoxo Noelia 

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