Supplements You Should Take When Travelling Abroad
For many people summer also brings holiday time, time to rest, relax and regenerate. However, holidays can sometimes bring with them some unwanted issues.
The most common and most well-known holiday health problem is obviously the dreaded ‘holiday tummy’. Reactions to change in diet, water and issues with seafood and bacteria all have a role to play in this. The other most common problems are sunburn, and insect bites. On top of this we have an increased risk of ‘over-indulgence’. Apart from wrapping ourselves in cotton wool and cancelling all holiday plans to avoid these issues, there are some natural remedies which could be used to help prevent all these problems.
Avoiding Holiday Tummy
One of the key precautions would be to start taking a good, high strength probiotic before setting off and to carry on taking it whilst away. The bacteria which live in our gut are responsible for keeping the immune response healthy – helping to fight off infections. They also help to keep nasty, pathogenic bacteria under control and can stop them from causing havoc with our guts. Topping up our good bacteria whilst we are away can therefore help to stop tummy bugs in their tracks. For the best results ensure that the product you choose is heat stable and has proven colonisation – you need to be sure the supplements you buy are not going to die off in the heat, and that they will make it to your tummy intact. Important strains to look out for include Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacteria lactis and Streptococcus thermophilus, as these may be particularly helpful in helping to prevent the development of diarrhoea. In terms of strength – the higher the bacterial count the better, aim for around 20-30 billion good guys per capsule for the best results.
Preventing Insect Bites
Adding Vitamin B1 to our daily holiday routine could also be helpful for those people who find themselves under attack from ‘biting beasties’. Used alongside an insect repellent, it is thought that taking vitamin B1 internally can help to make our skin smell less attractive to mosquitos. Not to panic – humans can’t detect the smell, but those biting bugs may well find us less attractive if we are taking 100mg B1 each day.
Dealing with ‘Over-Indulgence’
This will not be relevant to everyone, but for some the holidays are a time to relax and enjoy yourself. This combined with the heat can result in feeling lethargic. Therefore, holiday season is also the time to invest in some milk thistle. Milk Thistle has been used by herbalists for years to support the health of the liver.
Blog post provided by Natures Aid.