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How to stay healthy on a vacation?

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 05 Oct 2012

Vacationing in an exotic location does sound like fun, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. One of the most important aspects happens to be health. Yes, you may be on a holiday, but your health is not. New surroundings, climatic conditions and cuisine expose your body to many elements it is not used to. This may lead it to react in a manner you weren’t planning for. Here are a few quick tips to make sure you have a happy and healthy vacation this year –


Work on your immune system: The most common health problems that you can face when on a trip include digestive problems like gas, indigestion, diarrhoea etc. Eating out gives you less control over what you have and exposes you to various bacteria that cause stomach problems. So stock up your body with some probiotic supplements. These will help you to keep your GI tract healthy.

Avoid germs by keeping your nose moist: This may sound unusual but health experts recommend that airline travellers should use a nose spray to keep their nostrils moist and supple. This is your first defence against germs as they get themselves attached to cracked, dry nasal passages.

Continue with your daily quota of water: Or increase it by a bottle. Drinking water is mostly the first thing we give up when vacationing. This normally leads to many complications like dehydration, weakening your body making it susceptible to infection, headaches etc. Avoid all this by continuing to drink ample amount of water. If you are visiting a place with a temperature higher than your home country, then drink more than you do.

Stay prepared: Remember to take a health kit with you on your vacation. This should include antacid, an antidiarrheal medication, bandages, pain relievers such as aspirin sanitizing wipes, and your prescription medications.

Indulge to a point: Holidays can easily lure you into sampling different cuisines and lead to over eating. Hence, pick a meal that you would like indulge in. For the other meals, stick to healthy and low calorie food that is easy to digest.

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