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Whether you are planning to lie on a beach for two weeks or pulling on your hiking boots and setting off towards your favourite hiking trail, you should ensure you remain happy and healthy throughout your trip. As appealing as just throwing your bikini in a suitcase and grabbing your passport without a second thought is, here are our tips to staying healthy on holiday, the natural way, to make sure your trip is as safe and relaxing from the word go! Before Your Holiday The build up to a holiday can often create more stress then you were originally under when you decided you needed a break! How unfair is that? When you are running around keeping busy, your body will keep going, but as soon as you take that break and let down your guard, your body can let you down too, it’s just how we work unfortunately. Have you ever gone on holiday and caught a cold in the sun? It’s your bodies’ defences going on holiday too! Here are a few issues to look out for before you pack your suitcase: Stress: Protect your body before hand by supporting your busy lifestyle with a food supplement Pukka Organic Ashwaghanda. Blended using only whole organic herbs, it helps minimise feelings of anxiety and reduces the effects of stress whilst strengthening your immune system. For moments when you need instant relief (think airport parking or passport control... argh) pack your Tazeka Aromatherapy Blend Tension Tonic in your hand luggage. This is a chill pill in a convenient roller ball bottle which works to relax the nervous system whilst harmonising the body, mind and spirit. Just what you need to float through security in the airport or when stuck in a 50 mile tail back on the motorway! Protect your gut: If you are heading to a foreign country with unfamiliar food and cuisine, there is no denying that it may upset your stomach! Sadly, our gut may not be used to the rich flavours that other countries have become accustomed too, but if you start your travels with a healthy intestinal environment, it lowers the risk of spending your holiday with an upset stomach! If you plan your holiday well in advance, start building up the good bacteria in your gut with probiotics or fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and kefir. If fermented food is not your thing, start increasing the good bacterial colony with Hifas da Terra BioIntestin Superfood Capsules or Fushi Total Probiotic. This will ensure you have a healthy level of bacteria in your body, ready to tackle the delicious, rich cuisine! banner_22May16_2 Travelling & In-flight When packing your carry-on luggage, apart from your essential documents and activities to pass the time, think carefully about what other aids you may need to keep on top of your health whilst in flight or on the road. Travel Sickness: If you are one of the unlucky ones who suffer from travel or motion sickness, try Wild Nutrition Food Grown Wild Traveller. A food state mixture of vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and ginger root extract to warn off feelings of motion sickness and to support your wellbeing. This formula also contains a type of vitamin B called NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) which is known to cushion the psychological and physiological effects of travelling. Dehydration: Whether you’re on a long or short haul trip remember to keep hydrated. The humidity inside a plane is much lower than a comfortable indoor environment we are used to. Dehydration can cause feelings of fatigue, increases your chances of catching a respiratory virus and it plays havoc on your skin and eyes. There are a few simple ways to keep hydrated on a plane, and first and foremost it is to drink plenty of water! Get yourself a big bottle before boarding the plane and keep sipping away throughout the flight. If you are staying on the ground, keep yourself hydrated with a convenient bkr bottle. Being confined to a plane is not all bad; it’s a great time to let your skin breath whilst ensuring it gets the moisture it needs. Take off your make up and pack a good moisturiser or mist to keep your skin hydrated. Remember the limitations on hand luggage and get yourself a travel friendly mist such as the John Masters Rose & Aloe Hydrating Mist, perfect to nourish, hydrate and balance your skin, or the MV Skincare Rose Moisturiser, its 15ml and super-hydrating. Wipe away the germs: It doesn’t really bear thinking about the amount of germs left behind by previous holiday goers on a plane or train. You can do your bit to control the spread of germs by effectively kill the ones on your hands. Intelligent Nutrients Organic Sanitizer kills 99.99% of germs and thoroughly cleans your hands without the chemical or toxin overload! It’s safe, effective and prevents the spread of germs and impurities. banner_22May16_3 Whilst On Holiday Hurray! You made it to your destination! You’ve fought off the stress, battled travel sickness and kept yourself hydrated. What do you need to look out for whilst on holiday? Fight the bite: With the recent worry about diseases caused by mosquito bites, you may be a bit more cautious and on the lookout for an insect repellent. This really is where natural solutions come out on top, as we are now aware that some mosquitoes have become resistance to DEET (a toxic pesticide which confuses the mosquito but is also a known skin irritant) found in some conventional sprays, causing them to be pretty useless. Try Jason Quit Bugging Me Natural Insect Repellent to fend off the mozzies, gnats, horseflies and general flying nuisances with their DEET, PABA (commonly found in sunscreens, linked to allergic dermatitis and photosensitivity) and paraben free spray. Be Sun Safe: We’re pretty much all adults here; you shouldn’t need reminding that if you are heading out in the sun, you should be protecting your skin from the UV rays. An alarming numbers of cases of skin cancer and new melanomas are reported in the UK every year so make sure you are not putting yourself at risk. If you are exposed in the sun, use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of SPF30 or above and a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Remember to apply before going outside, and top up every two hours or after swimming. We are all for natural mineral sunscreens and avoiding the chemicals in sunscreens linked to hormone disruption, try Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30 for a water resistant (still remember to top up!) scent free lotion or the nourishing 100% mineral The Organic Pharmacy Sun Cream SPF30. Follow your day in the sun with after care, intensely moisturise your skin with a lotion which is easily absorbed. Try Dr Hauschka After Sun or treat any burnt or reddened skin with Jason Soothing 98% Aloe Vera Gel. There is no reason if you are aware of what is going on around you whilst you are away, that you can’t have a healthy holiday! If you are planning to go away this summer, then remember our top tips here on how to stay healthy whilst away from home, and remember to have fun, be happy & healthy! Shop here for : Travel Companions and Suncare & Tanning.

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