It’s the middle of summer and many of us are taking advantage of some time off for holidays. Wherever your summer travels may take you it always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected!
The following tips will help you stay safe in the sun, avoid nasty stomach problems and keep you healthy while on vacation:
1.) Probiotics for a Healthy Gut
There’s nothing like seeing the delicious variety of food and not being able to eat them because of a ‘stomach bug’. Taking probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidobacteria spp. before, during and after your trip can help build the good flora in your digestive system to help support possible encounters of foreign “bad” strains of bacteria.
2.) Protect your Skin!
The first line of defense is to dress appropriately. Wear a hat, breathable tops (that provide UV protection) and sunglasses. Use a good quality and natural sunscreen that limits the absorption of both UVA and UVB. Check out the Environmental Working Group website for a list of the best and worse sunscreens: www.ewg.org
3.) Keep cool and hydrated!
It’s important to drink water, dilute juices and herbal teas to beat the effects of high summer temperatures. Always remember to take plenty of water along for outdoor hiking, boating or sports. Cool soups like gazpacho and adding mint leaf to your meals/beverages helps keep your body cool.
4.) Healthy Immunity!
Keeping your body healthy before travelling can help you from getting sick during your travels. Some of my favorite immune boosters include: Vitamin C, Zinc, Astragalus, CoQ10, Vitamin D, Omega 3s, Immuno-Care and Elderberry.
5.) Natural First Aid Kit
In addition to the basic medical components, a good mini travel kit of essential homeopathic remedies always comes in handy when travelling. From Arnica for bumps and bruises, Apis for bug bites and Cantharis or Urtica Urens for sunburns, there’s a remedy to help you manage the various health concerns encountered when on holidays.
6.) Bug Off!
If you’re prone to insect bites, learn about essential oils such as Thyme, Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass or Geranium and other natural alternatives that work best to support to keep the bugs off!
7.) Protein Snacks
Having healthy protein snacks handy when travelling can help when you don’t have access to gourmet meals and can help regulate blood sugar levels. Some quick snack ideas include: Raw veggies and hummus, a hardboiled egg, a handful of nuts and dried blueberries or cranberries, a cut up apple dipped in almond butter and shredded coconut, kale chips or a green smoothie!
Enjoy a Safe and Healthy Summer!