As the weather improves and the holiday season comes round again, aim for a healthy as well as happy holiday. Reduce the risk of stomach upsets, sunburn and even blood clots by applying the following guidelines.
Exposure to foreign food, water and hygiene can easily upset the natural balance of gut flora. To minimise risks, eat foods rich in probiotic bacteria including live natural yoghurt, miso paste and pickled vegetables. Also ensure a good supply of prebiotic bacteria from leeks, garlic, onions, bananas and rye.
A good quality probiotic supplement is also advisable. Buy one that doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge.
In addition to a good quality sun cream, eat tomatoes-rich in lycopene, an antioxidant which helps protect the skin from sun damage; beta-carotene found in orange fruit and vegetables and vitamin C, all help keep skin supple and soft.
To remain hydrated in the sun, aim for at least 2 litres of water daily. Bottled water is advisable in many resorts but keep out of the sun as the heat can cause leakage of plastic chemicals into the water. Avoid ice in drinks and limit alcohol and high sugar fruit drinks.
Beware of blood clots
Deep Vein Thrombosis is a risk if flying or travelling for several hours as it can cause the blood to thicken and pool. Drink plenty of water; move about frequently, wear support tights if on a long haul flight. Try pine bark and grapeseed extract as these aid circulation.