Tips for a healthy vacation

Whether you're going on a relaxing vacation at the beach, hiking in the mountains or exploring a new city, making sure your health is in good shape will help you enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Before you go

Get the necessary vaccinations for your trip and make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
Confirm that your travel insurance covers any extraordinary activities you will be doing, such as sailing or paragliding.
Carry a basic first aid kit with band-aids, painkillers, non-sedating antihistamines, rehydration sachets, antiseptic gauze and any other medication you take on a regular basis.
Eat plenty of protein, as it helps produce infection-fighting antibodies. Good sources of protein include quinoa, wheat, rice, legumes, spirulina, nuts, leafy greens and chia seeds.
Take supplementation containing antioxidants and amino acids, which help the skin produce melamine - a pigment - that helps protect from the sun.
Take a beneficial bacteria supplement to support your intestinal health.

Helps prevent stomach viruses

High temperatures, combined with different hygiene habits than usual at home, are the perfect combination for stomach viruses to spread more rapidly. It is therefore of great importance to wash hands frequently or use hydroalcoholic gel or disinfectant wipes and gels, especially after using the bathroom and before and after handling food.

Street stalls are fun, but visit those where the food is cooked properly, and make sure the food has not been left raw. Try to avoid those where the food looks like it has been out in the open for some time, such as some buffets.

Confirm that salads and fruits have been well washed and always consume bottled water. Try to avoid ice cubes in your drinks and brush your teeth with bottled water instead of tap water.


If you get a stomach virus

Try not to take anti-diarrhea medications, as the causative bacteria must leave the body.
Take rehydration medications and drinks to replenish fluids and mineral salts.
Don't stop drinking fluids; adults should drink at least 200 milliliters of fluids after each episode of vomiting or diarrhea (in small sips). You can take a soothing chamomile or peppermint if you prefer something other than water.
Watch children and people of a certain age if they get sick, as they are at greater risk of dehydration.
Take beneficial bacteria supplements, which will help renew the intestinal flora.
Follow a diet consisting of bananas, rice, apples and toast until the diarrhea disappears. These are simple foods that will not cause irritation to the digestive system.
If the illness continues after 48 hours you should see a doctor.

Avoid mosquito bites

Citronella is a very good natural alternative to anti-mosquito sprays. Put a few drops in a burner to repel insects, or mix it with essential oils or moisturizer to apply to the skin.

Take antihistamines or use a mild steroid cream to reduce itching and redness, or aloe vera or calendula may also help soothe itching. Oatmeal sativa creams also help reduce inflammation.

Another measure is to add a few drops of tea tree oil to your moisturizer, which will soothe and prevent infection in scratched bites.

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Combat travel sickness

Some homeopathic remedies are very effective in combating motion sickness; nux vomica can help eliminate motion sickness and nausea when traveling by car, or you can find supplements that combine different remedies in a single capsule.

Acupressure bands, drinking a mint or ginger tea, or even chewing fresh ginger can help combat motion sickness. Of course, getting fresh air also helps a lot.

Soothes sunburn

The best way to combat sunburn is definitely to avoid excessive sunbathing. Remember to use SPF of at least factor 30 and avoid sunbathing when the sun is strongest, between 11 am and 3 pm. Cover up and wear a hat to protect your head. If you do get burned, soothe the affected area with cold water and apply aloe vera gel or calendula ointment. The aloe vera will help keep the skin moisturized, while the calendula will combat the redness of the skin.

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These tips are purely informative and are not intended to replace professional medical care. Consult your physician before applying any remedy.