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02 Aug 2015
It’s holiday time again and for many of us, usually two longed-for weeks of the year on which we pin hopes of having the perfect relaxation break. Sadly, for some unfortunate travellers, journeying to unfamiliar and exotic climes can often turn into a health nightmare, so check out our five natural health tips for a trauma-free trip:
Travel health troubles can begin before some of us even reach our destinations, as travel sickness can turn long journeys into a distressing experience for many hapless holiday-makers. For a natural remedy, try sucking fresh ginger root or make it into a tea by pouring hot water onto a piece of root and keeping in a flask to sip throughout your travels. Add lemon and cinnamon for extra flavour but if you don't like ginger, then travel bands, which work by pressing onto acupressure points in the wrist, are another great natural alternative.
Coconut oil is a must-have for the health-savvy traveller, as it has so many uses it can be a real space-saver in the suitcase! There is some evidence that coconut oil can help digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites. It’s also used by some as an after-sun lotion and general moisturizer, for fungal infections, insect bite relief, and as a natural deodorant!
Not only can mosquitoes cause serious illnesses such as malaria in certain countries, but their painful, itchy bites can often be a miserable and sometimes serious side effect of holidaying in hot, humid countries, particularly if the bites become infected. When you consider that a female mosquito is attracted to kairomones emitted by our bodies, from up to a kilometer away, we need all the help we can get to repel these tiny terrors, but insect repellents can be full of chemicals. We've found a good natural alternative,Incognito Mosquito repellent, which contains only natural ingredients, making it safe for all members of the family including babies.
For those of us unused to high temperatures, it can come as a shock to realise how much water we lose through perspiration. It’s vital to keep replenishing our bodily fluids in soaring temperatures, as dehydration can be one of the causes of holiday health horrors. Becoming dehydrated can make you feel very ill, and can lead to health issues such as urinary tract problems. Don't forget that alcohol can dehydrate us further, so take plenty of water alongside your holiday cocktails.
If you don't want to return home with unwanted passengers in the form of pathogenic bacteria, then it’s a great idea to take a probiotic supplement with you on your travels. Packing a tiny army of beneficial bacteria into your suitcase can help your gut to see off the harmful bugs that cause traveller’s diarrhoea. Choose a supplement that doesn’t require refrigeration so you can take it with you wherever you go, preferably one that contains well-researched hardy strains of live cultures, also known as probiotics or 'friendly bacteria, that have been tested to withstand higher temperatures and humidity. OptiBac 'For travelling abroad' contains highly researched probiotic strains, which have all been proven to survive in hot, humid environments, and to help reduce the risk of 'holiday tummy'.
Hope these natural health products help to ensure that your holiday is the blissful, relaxing break that you’ve been dreaming of all year.
Share your other natural health travel tips with us below!
Reference: (Rayan, et al. Paras Res. 2005; 97(3): 191-200).