STAY WELL WHEN YOU TRAVEL who wants to be sick whilst sitting by the pool in bali or skiing in switzerland or shopping in new york? Not me! So what is the best way to stay fit whilst on holiday?

A remediation of the Good Health magazine article Stay Well when you Travel

1. SEE SOMETHING AMAZING

Enjoying an incredible view or looking at something beautiful is good for your health because it creates a sense of awe in your brain that lowers levels of inflammatory chemicals in your body. Lower lowers levels of inflammatory chemicals means lower risk of joint pain, allergies, and symptoms of colds and flu. So go see one of the wonders of the world – it’s good for you!

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2. WATCH OUT FOR AEROPLANE MUNCHIES

Flying on planes can be boring and the hum of the plane engines can perfectly mask the sound of crunching on potato chips or reaching into a bag of M&Ms. However, salt can increase the dehydration that occurs on planes and sugar suppresses immunity so if you want to make sure you reduce your risk of getting sick before you arrive at your destination, why not eat a healthy snack instead.

3. BRING YOUR OWN PILLOW

It’s hard enough not sleeping in your own bed, why not bring your own pillow to make it easier? Sleep experts recently suggested that many people have difficulty sleeping the first night in a strange room because part of your brain remains alert in a strange environment. Taking your own pillow might help create a sense of familiarity and help you have a good sleep.

4. SIT IN THE AISLE SEAT

An aisle seat will help you limit the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) as it will allow you to stand up regularly, stretch and keep moving.

5. PACK YOUR FAVOURITE ESSENTIAL OIL

Being able to smell a nice scent can help with motion sickness. When travelling by car, bus, train, plane or boat, carrying an essential oil could help reduce the symptoms of motion sickness and make your journey an enjoyable one.

6. BEWARE OF HOTEL HAYFEVER

Pollen rises during the day and the higher you are in a building the greater the concentration you are exposed to. You can also be exposed to different cleaning products that can trigger hay fever like symptoms. Before you go on holiday you should increase your intake of vitamin C or zinc which modulate the immune system.

7. DO SOME PUZZLES

If you expose yourself to mild doses of stress on a daily basis before your holiday you can reduce your risk of getting sick during the first days of holiday. People often get sick within the first few days of being on holiday because when we relax after a period of stress (like rushing to try and get your work completed before going on leave), it can be a shock to the system. If you relax too quickly it can suppress your immunity. It’s called the let-down effect. Mental challenges like puzzles can help reduce the chances of this happening to you.

8. TAKE AN ELDERBERRY SUPPLEMENT

If you do catch a cold while you are on holiday, taking elderberry will help you to suffer fewer symptoms and get over it faster. Elderberry will help stop the virus replicating.

9. HAVE YOUR NORMAL COFFEE

If you are a coffee drinker and decide to skip your morning coffee whilst you are on holiday, you could end up with a mid-morning withdrawal headache before you know it. If you are going somewhere where coffee won’t be available (Mars?), you should try reducing your intake before you go so missing your morning coffee won’t end up being a pain in your neck – literally.

10. KNOW WHEN NOT TO DIVE IN

Swimming pools that are not correctly maintained can contain bacteria that cause stomach upsets or eye infections. You should avoid cloudy water as its likely to be unclean however, a strong smell of chlorine or other chemicals can also be a sign of unclean water as it means there aren’t enough chemicals in the pool to control bacteria – if in doubt, don’t dive in. Go enjoy a nice bath.

By Danielle Brothers

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