Healthy Happy Holidays: How to Be Ready & What You Need to Pack for Summer Fun in the Sun
Escaping for a bit of sun this summer is relaxing and beneficial to our health. There is the other side though - long haul flights, traveller's tummy and alien bacterium that can have a detrimental effect on our health, not to mention our enjoyment of the holiday. We’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of your holiday, and help you pack your health kit without the worry!
Preparing Your Body for Holidays
And no, we’re not talking being “beach body ready”! There are several steps we can take to prepare our bodies for holiday to avoid falling ill. For your gut, consider taking a pre and probiotic (such as Terranova Pre & Probiotic Complex) as well as a supplement for strengthening immunity (such as TerraNova's Astragalus, Elderberry & Garlic).
Externally we should try and build up our exposure to the sun and heat gradually firstly so that our skin is prepared for prolonged exposure and secondly so that we do not fall prey to sunstroke/heat exhaustion.
When Travelling Abroad...
It's better to be safe than sorry so never, ever drink the water straight from the tap! It's not even because of poor sanitation necessarily, but water overseas contains different levels of chemicals as well as strains of bacteria that your body will not be used to. Be sure that you do drink a lot of bottled or filtered water though. If eating out avoid raw vegetables and if eating in the home, ensure you wash everything really thoroughly. Locals will in most cases be able to recommend a good place for foreigners to eat (in other words an establishment where eating their food will not result in Delhi Belly or Montezuma's Revenge!). And this piece of advice we would hope goes without saying – always wash your hands before eating! To help with good hand hygiene on holiday, we recommend Dr Bronner’s Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Flying means being in close proximity to a lot of people, but you are more likely to pick a bug up in the airport than on the airplane. To help prevent this, make sure you get adequate sleep before you fly, drink enough water prior to boarding and ask for a water whenever prompted throughout the flight. This will help your immune system stay strong.
As well as the aforementioned immune support formula, you might want to consider taking an Omega-3 supplement to increase the activity of white blood cells that fight dangerous bacteria, preventing infection. Omega-3 also protects the lungs from respiratory tract infections, which occur in 20% of all travellers.
What’s Your Gut Feeling?
If you’re staying in an all-inclusive hotel, there’s no doubt be (over)eating and drinking all day and night. The foods can be considerably different to what we are accustomed to eating at home, and are often very rich which can overburden our digestive system. Digestive enzymes and probiotics are a great way to support your digestive system. We also might not be eating as healthily as we normally do at home, due to limited food variety or foods not quite to our taste. For this reason, you may wish to consider a multi-vitamin and mineral to ensure your body is receiving all the essential nutrients. Continuing to take your immune supporting supplement(s) and probiotics can also help prevent and treat gastrointestinal upset (traveller's diarrhoea).
Quit Bugging Me!
Many commercial insect sprays are full of harmful chemicals, such as DEET, which are best avoided. We recommend you try JASON Quit Bugging Me Spray. We can also deter mosquitos and other insects from biting us through using body care products that contain lavender, tea tree or citronella, and eating garlic can also mask the scent that attracts mossies to take a bite!
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