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Condition - A healthy start to the holiday season

By Jenny Bodenham BA(Hons) DipION MBANT

We all look forward to our holidays whether in this country or abroad. However, it’s all too easy to start off on the wrong foot, rushing around trying to meet deadlines and packing everything but the kitchen sink. Here are a few tips to make your holiday a happy and healthy one: 

De-stress

Passion flower and melissa with B vitamins and theanine may help you to stay calm in that last-minute frenzy before you finally set off and help you unwind when you arrive.

Stay healthy

How often do you hear from friends and family that stomach bugs have ruined their long-awaited break away? You can help to boost your immune defences by taking probiotic bacteria, both before setting-off and while away, to help ensure you stay healthy. Lactobacillus sporogenes survives stomach acid well and doesn’t require refrigeration. 

Once at your destination, digestive misery can still ruin the fun, so why not also take Aloe vera to support healthy digestion, regular bowel movements and immunity.   

A few drops of grapefruit seed extract in water or juice, taken every day while on holiday (especially in out-of-the-way destinations), or an all-seasons herbal formula, can support your defences against unwanted pathogens such as bacteria and parasites. Grapefruit seed extract diluted in water can also be used as a mouthwash and facial and nail cleanser, and is ideal for travelling.

Silver is known to have natural antiseptic and anti-microbial properties, so packing a handy spray of colloidal silver for use when travelling is also a good idea.

Be sun-savvy

It sometimes seems as though we spend half the year under cloudy, grey skies, so it makes sense to prepare your skin before unaccustomed sun exposure.  

Sun Love is a light, easily- absorbed moisturising lotion that stimulates your skin’s own natural tanning process, encouraging the development of a healthy tan, slowly and gently. It does not contain sun block and so allows the sunlight to enter the skin, which is necessary for vitamin D production. Sun Love also makes a fabulous, soothing after-sun lotion.

Recent decades have seen a large increase in the incidence of skin cancer, so it is essential to use a good SPF cream in addition to Sun Love, when exposed to high-intensity sunlight. Avoid over-exposure to the sun, particularly between 10am and 3pm.

Research has shown that astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant, may help safeguard the skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Supplementing with astaxanthin, both before your holiday and while away, may provide extra protection.

Prickly heat can affect up to three in 10 people who travel to a warmer climate, causing a rash that may be itchy and uncomfortable. Keeping cool is obviously recommended and using a soothing lotion such as Aloe vera gel may be helpful.

Finally, if taking several supplements away with you, why not decant your daily vitamins into strong, re-useable polythene bags that you can label?  

Have a happy, healthy holiday!


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