The summer is upon us and many of us are gearing up to travel abroad with our brood in search of sunshine, relaxation and fun family times. Getting ill on holiday is hugely disappointing, not to mention a complete pain in the arse, often logistically complicated and it can be expensive. To help ensure everyone on your family holiday stays as healthy as possible, I asked Nutritional Therapist Jo Saunders to pick her top family holiday health essentials for your travel kit.
1. Keep your gut happy and healthy – Proven Probiotics For Travellers
Did you know that most of your immune system is located in your gut? Many of us experience tummy upsets when we travel and consume unfamiliar foods and water. Making sure tummies are happy and healthy is key to making sure we stay fit and well. Proven Probiotics For Travellers are a clever combination of Lab4 friendly bacteria, ginger, glutamine and aloe vera – a winning combination to keep your tummy happy while on the move.
2. Protect against creepy crawlies – Weleda Insect Bite Spray
Sadly sunnier climates tend to attract a number of pesky biting insects. Soothe any troublesome bites, swelling, redness and irritation with Weleda Insect Bite Spray, an all natural blend of nettle and arnica.
3. Remedy a dreaded holiday tummy bug – Enterosgel
Should a dreaded holiday tummy bug strike, it is a good idea to have a remedy on hand to relieve symptoms to get you back on track as soon as possible. Enterosgel is an innovative tasteless intestinal adsorbent in a handy tube which can easily be mixed with water. It binds with harmful substance in the digestive tract to help naturally remove them from the body. With any tummy upset, hydration is key, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids, taking little sips if necessary. Opt for a handy electrolyte solution such as Nuun Active tablets, which are packed with optimal electrolytes, and are low in calories and sugar.
4. Keep nasties at bay – Active Silver Gel
Active Silver Gel is a must have for your family holiday first aid kit. It is a natural topical antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral gel which can be used on cuts, burns, spots and rashes.
5. Protect children in the sun with more natural sun creams
While Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin – is a hugely important nutrient for children, we are all too aware of the potential dangers of UV rays, so it’s essential to keep little ones protected. Opt for more natural alternatives with less chemicals such as Green People Organic Children Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF 30. If you are looking for a higher SPF to keep young sensitive skin protected and hydrated in the sunshine, Childs Farm 50+ SPF Sun Cream for Sun, Sea and Sand has a higher SPF, and is also water resistant. At the end of each day, hydrate, cool and soothe sun-kissed skin with a Green People Organic Children Aloe Vera Lotion and After Sun which has a delicious blend of Organic Aloe Vera, Calendula, Myrrh and Lavender.
Jo Saunders is a registered Nutritional Therapist with a Diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine. She sees clients in her home based clinic in West Berkshire, and also via Skype. Jo has a particular interest in women’s health issues, pre and post-natal health and baby and toddler nutrition.
As well as being a wife and mama to three young children, Jo also co-runs the healthy blogging site Cooking Them Healthy with Georgie Soskin, a professional chef. The site offers oodles of ideas and recipes for healthy versatile foods, with a Supercharged section, for especially health-giving foods. Jo feels strongly that better education is the key to a foundation of healthy eating, in the midst of so many conflicting messages and constantly changing research. Her aim is to use her up-to-date knowledge to guide and support, with the ultimate goal of improving health and vitality.
Having suffered for months with debilitating sickness and dizziness, Jo scooped me up and made me better by figuring out what was wrong, adjusting my diet and using naturopathic medicine when no GP seemed able to help me. I honestly don’t know where I would be without Jo’s expert knowledge and guidance – she is magic.
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