Holidays are a great time to unwind and relax, but often most of us get carried away and land ourselves in a rather unhealthy muddle. Here are some do's and don'ts that you should keep in mind the next time you hit out on that family trip! International nutrition therapist, Natalie Lamb shares some tips on how to protect yourself while you are away from home.
Watch out for those germs While traveling we unknowingly come in contact with millions of germs. The air conditioned environment aids in spreading bacteria as the germs tend to multiply quickly in cooler conditions. Consuming foods rich in zinc and Vitamin C can help give the immune system a little extra support ensuring proper bowel functions. You can also keep some pro-biotic drinks and sip on them while traveling.
Keep yourself hydrated Have plenty of water and increase your liquid intake. If you are going to a warm place, then don't forget to keep energy drinks handy and keep a check on your glucose levels as well.
For good digestion Whenever we are on-the-go, we eat what's easily accessible. To prevent too much of erratic snacking from affecting your digestive system it is suggested that you cut down on your sugar intake and refine carbohydrates which simply means that you should avoid going overboard with packed and processed foods as well as white bread and pastas.
Don't ignore your skin and hair Stay protected from the harmful ultra-violet rays. Carry sunscreen and apply it frequently, wash your face as often as you can and don't forget to to moisturize regularly. Consume fruits like strawberries, raspberries, plums and apples as these are rich source of anti-oxidants and help fighting against any damage done to the skin. Ovoid keeping your hair untied, wear a scarf or a cap when out in the sun for long. Eat light meals full of fresh fruits and colourful veggies.
Prevention is always better than cure and we suggest that you go fully armed to make your holiday a memorable one.