Summer’s Most Infectious Bacteria
June 10, 2016•9 min
Watch out for summer's most infectious bugs (bacteria, not mosquitoes!).Ah, the lazy days of summer... picnics, pool time and parties.But, it's not all fun and games. There are certain "bugs" that spike during the summer months. Sherry Torkos, BScPhm, RPh, joins host Melanie Cole to share which bugs are particularly problematic in summer, as well as simple ways to make sure you stay healthy and safe.Food-borne Illness/Food PoisoningThe biggest culprits in food-borne illnesses are E coli, salmonella, listeria. Symptoms may include diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach, and stomach pain. Be cautious about the types of foods you're packing. Dried fruit, nuts, and fresh fruit kept in a bag with an ice pack are excellent choices. Celery and cucumbers are also great options because these foods are also hydrating. Stay away from cheese, eggs, milk, and meats. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.Bladder InfectionsSymptoms of a bladder infection include urination frequency, urgency, and pain. One trigger is dehydration, because your urine becomes more concentrated. Another cause is if you're in and out of a pool/lake and constantly in a wet suit. Keep yourself dry. Drink lots of cranberry. Superbugs Superbugs are antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA. Essentially, these bacteria become smarter than the drugs used to treat them. An estimated 2 million Americans contract these diseases yearly. Fortify your immune system to prevent contracting a superbug infection. Only take antibiotics when you absolutely need them. Support your immune system with things like AHCC and medicinal mushrooms.Overall, you should make sure you're getting enough good bacteria (probiotics, kefir, pre-biotic foods/fibers) and make sure you're staying hydrated. When you have that thirst sensation, your body is already becoming dehydrated.