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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 19 Nov 2010
Planning to pack your bags and head for a vacation this New Year? We wish you to enjoy your trip in good health as the chances of falling sick are high while you expose yourself to new environment, food and less comforts unlike at home.
Heed these health tips to make your trip a memorable one.
Avoid Fried Food. We know it, but still want to eat fried delicacies. But, it slows down digestion, causing constipation. Steer clear from junk food. It’s best to avoid meat from dubious or unconvincing restaurants/shops.
Skip foods high in sugar when you are travelling, since you would be in a sedentary position most of the time. It will make you feel sleepy and lethargic. Try to have a fruit instead of a cold drink or any other food high in sugar.
Eat plenty of fruits and boiled vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and have the least chance of being contaminated. You can have 100% fruit juice or coconut water to quench thirst. We recommend fruits such as – apple, banana, raisins, papaya, guava, orange, pineapple and grapes. Eating fruits rich in Vitamin C is helpful.
Go easy on salted food, especially when you are travelling. Salt promotes water retention and if you are likely to be in a sedentary position for a long time without any activity, you might end up having swollen feet.
Drink lots of water. It is always necessary to drink optimum quantity of water to keep your body working, especially if you are sight-seeing. Always prefer bottled water and carry enough with you.
Carry some basic medicines with you, such as pain relievers, medicines for fever, electrolytes in case you catch diarrhoea. If you are asthmatic, don’t forget your inhaler.
Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer – An easy and effective way of keeping your hands clean and germ-free.
Get a sound sleep. Sleep generally is the first casualty during holidays. But whenever you get the time to catch your zzzz’s, ensure you get a good one. Carry a comfortable pillow and blanket if you must.
Don’t overlook skincare and hair-care. Carry sunscreen lotion, especially if you are visiting any place at high altitudes, where there is more chance of exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. Apart from sunscreen, take along moisturizer or cold cream. Don’t forget your hair oil and shampoo.
We wish you a very happy, safe and healthy holiday.
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