If you’re taking a vacation this March Break, it’s best to be prepared for the unexpected. Whether you’re jetting off to an exotic destination or going on day trips with the kids, common holiday health issues often arise. To make sure all of your memories are good ones, here’s a guide to avoiding some common health problems:
Travel Health Concern #1: Digestive Issues
Traveller’s diarrhea is an intestinal infection caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses found primarily in contaminated food or water. While symptoms of nausea, stomach cramps and diarrhea typically last three to five days, in some cases, traveller’s diarrhea can cause severe dehydration and last up to two weeks.
Probiotics can help. They’re the good bacteria in your digestive tract that balance the not-so-good bacteria that can cause viruses. Start taking a probiotic supplement a few weeks before you leave, while you’re away and a few days after your trip. A gastro-protected probiotic formula that doesn’t require refrigeration is a must in all travel kits. Jamieson Probiotic Sticks are a simple family-friendly solution – the delicious plum-flavoured powder dissolves directly on your tongue, and pack easily in a suitcase, backpack or purse. If you prefer capsules, try Jamieson Advanced 4-Strain Probiotic formula.
Even if you don’t normally suffer from constipation, travelling can make it a concern. Sudden change in diet, disruption of your usual daily routine, indigestion from unfamiliar foods and dehydration are all possible causes.
To prevent constipation while you’re away, gradually increase your fibre intake with fruits, vegetables and whole grain products a few days before you leave. Continue while you’re away. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and limit your alcohol intake. For natural relief of constipation, take Jamieson Magnesium at bedtime. Magnesium’s natural laxative properties help relax intestinal muscles and attract water to the colon.
Travel Health Concern #2: Sleep Disturbances
Jet lag can get in the way of a good night’s sleep. To minimize the symptoms, start adjusting for new sleep times one or two days before your trip. Drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding excessive alcohol and caffeine during the flight also help.
And consider taking a melatonin supplement. It’s a natural way to help the body adjust to new sleep patterns and ease the daytime fatigue associated with jet lag.Jamieson Melatonin Fast Dissolving Strips and Fast Dissolving Tablets are easy to take before bedtime and melt directly on your tongue for quick and effective absorption. The strips have a pleasant natural chocolate mint taste, and both formulas are free of artificial flavours and colours. New to Jamieson is the Melatonin 10 mg Timed Release Dual Action formula. This innovative caplet takes effect in two stages. The first layer dissolves quickly to help you fall asleep fast, while the second layer slowly releases additional melatonin to ensure a full night of restful sleep.
Travel Health Concern #3: Sun Care
Nothing beats a little sunshine, but sunburn can ruin your day. Take precautions, no matter what your skin type. Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 and always wear sunglasses and a hat. Keep in mind, though, that the active ingredients in sunscreen can easily break down and become oxidative during sun exposure, releasing free radicals that are absorbed into the skin. Jamieson 100% Pure Vitamin E Oil has natural antioxidant properties that protect against UV-induced photo-damage, prevent the breakdown of sunscreen actives, and help keep skin moist. Be sure to apply it on top of your sunscreen.
Also consider taking an antioxidant supplement, like Jamieson Grape Seed or Green Tea Phytosome® Complex. Both grape seed and green tea contain antioxidants known as polyphenols, which may offer protection against UVB-induced skin disorders. UV light is a known carcinogen. Green tea and grape seed not only protect against UV-induced inflammatory damage internally, but also promote beauty and anti-aging qualities from the inside out.