Top 5 - Holiday Health FAQs

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Can I take my probiotics away with me?
Yes you absolutely can take your probiotics away with you!  Just make sure you choose a product that is ‘shelf stable’, which means it has been specially formulated to be effective even when not kept in the fridge.  Useful probiotic strains to take away with you include a range of scientifically studied bifidobacterium and lactobacillus strains, or saccharomyces boulardii – a non-pathogenic yeast which has been shown to support a healthy balance of flora.

I’m worried about travellers diarrhoea – is there anything I can take to help?
Saccharomyces boulardii is ideal to take away with you if you’re worried about traveller’s diarrhoea.  It can be used to deal with an acute problem, or as a preventative if it’s something you’re concerned you could be exposed to whilst away.  It’s also useful for antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.

I often get constipated when I go on holiday – is there an easy way to deal with this?
Many people worry about a change in bowel habits when they go away.  Both traveller’s diarrhoea and constipation are very common.  Some of the most common causes of constipation on holiday are a sudden change in diet, disruption of daily routine, jet lag and dehydration.  Making sure you continue to get enough fibre and plenty of water are important strategies to help prevent constipation, especially if you are travelling to a warmer climate.  In addition, a stick pack of pureed papaya is a useful support that travels well and doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge.  Several trials have found papaya helps to facilitate regular bowel movements and can be a particularly useful support on holiday.

I often suffer from indigestion when I eat out and am worried about this happening more often on holiday.  Is there anything natural that I can take to help?
Indigestion is a common holiday health complaint.  Whilst it’s lovely to try new cuisines, sometimes these can be laden with ingredients that our digestive systems are not used to dealing with.  A natural plant-based digestive enzyme supplement can really help in these situations.  Plant enzymes are similar to those that your body naturally produces and can help to make sure your food is broken down properly and help you to avoid unwanted symptoms of indigestion.

I’m worried about catching bugs on the plane that could spoil my holiday.  Is there anything I can take to help prevent this?
Arriving on holiday with more than you bargained for is a common worry amongst travellers.  Re-circulated air, cabin pressure and the virtually moisture-free conditions inside a plane cabin can increase your vulnerability to airborne infection.  Whilst there’s little you can do to change the conditions inside a plane, you can be pro-active about maximizing your immune defences before you go on holiday to decrease your risks of contracting infections that you may be exposed to.  Choose a comprehensive immune support product that contains key nutrients; vitamins A, C, E, D and zinc.  In addition, an exciting new ingredient - beta 1-3/1-6 glucans has been found to be a powerful support that enhances the immune system without over-stimulating it.

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