Why Take Chances with Your Stomach at Lake Chapala, Mexico

June 19, 2013

Most folks don’t know it, but the state of Jalisco does have a Dept. of Health. They do inspect restaurants, issue notices of infractions and may even close restaurants which will not comply with the law. That being said however the best way to avoid becoming sick is to follow the tips in this report.
Food: First: Don’t over do it. Get used to the food slowly. You will encounter many new to you foods and drinks. You don’t have to stick to only those foods you know, but try small portions of new foods and drinks to see how your body adapts.
In other words don’t abruptly change your diet dramatically. Mexico has many wonderful foods you don’t commonly find in the USA or Canada, so you have the opportunity to enjoy a whole new world of culinary delights. After visiting and living here for many years we still find something we haven’t tried from time to time.
If you do try something that doesn’t agree with your system or even get food poisoning and get a case of “Montezuma’s Revenge” that lasts for more than a day you should check with a doctor, as you may have picked up a parasite of some type. This is extremely rare. Peto-Bismol or its equal fixes most folks up but stronger medicine is available if needed.
Water: Water is often the culprit when folks get sick, or at least unpurified water. As far as I know all of the restaurants serve only purified water, as bottled purified water is abundant and inexpensive at approximately $1.20 USD per 5 gallons.
Water is not commonly served in restaurants, but is available if requested, but no need to buy bottled water. They will bring you purified water.
If you see the word Aguas on a menu (which simply translates “Waters”) really means water mixed with some type of fruit juice or plant tea. Examples are Jamica, Tamarindo, and Lemonada (Lemonade). My favorite drink is Jamica made from flower petals.
Now, let’s have some fun and watch the below video about new dining experiences. It’s hilarious.

Siempre tu amigo, Sid

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