health, nutrition

How to stay healthy on holiday

Having recently been on holiday I was reminded just how hard it can be to remain healthy when travelling, especially abroad. So I’ve put together a few tips to help you out this holiday season!

Tip No. 1

Take your probiotic. Eating foods from another country may cause digestive disruption as we’re not used to them. You can help your body by taking your probiotic daily to reduce any discomfort.

Tip No. 2

Eat food locally sourced. This is more likely to be fresh, wholesome and high quality. For example, eating fish freshly caught from the Mediterranean if you’re in Italy or Croatia. It also tastes fantastic!

Tip No. 3

Avoid commercial sun creams. These are full of toxic chemicals which studies have found actually contribute more to skin cancer than the sun. It’s good to get 10 minutes of sun on your skin before applying your cream, in order to top up your Vitamin D levels. Sun creams with Zinc Oxide and nothing else are your best choice for UV protection.

Tip No. 4

Ditch the make up. Give your skin chance to breathe and exposure to the sun, which will do wonders for your face. This will help dry up spots and clear up eczema. It also avoids clogging your pores with sweat and make up in the heat.

Tip No. 5

Drink lots of water. With the heat, lots of exploring and probably a few glasses of wine, it’s all too easy to become dehydrated when on holiday. We should be aiming for 3-4 litres minimum every day, with even more if we’re consuming alcohol or coffee.

Tip No. 6

Take a swim in the sea. Sea salt helps maintain cellular function in our bodies, keeps us healthy, assists with our ailments and derives 82 essential trace nutrients. Be sure to get your fix!

The main thing to remember is that holidays are for de-stressing. Sometimes you’re not going to be able to eat healthy or fit your exercise regime in, and that’s ok. It’s a week (or two) to unwind, forget your problems and enjoy the wonderful destination. Do what you can but don’t sweat it! It’s what you do in the long-term that makes the biggest difference and so a week off really isn’t going to hurt anyone 🙂

Happy holidays! x

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