Holiday 1st aid kit

When’s the best time of year to take a holiday? Any time of course! You’ve been waiting all year for your holiday and now it’s finally here! The last thing you need is to get sick, put up with digestive disturbances or have a minor accident.

Planning ahead now and taking a few well thought out supplements can help you and your family stay healthy and relaxed so you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

Magnesium is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in your body, but its big claim to fame is to help maintain a healthy nervous system. A healthy nervous system helps to keep you feeling calm, and your body relaxed. Magnesium can also help:

  • Maintain normal muscle contraction and relaxation
  • Assist in the relief of menstrual cramps
  • Energy production
  • Exercise performance; exercise increases the body's requirements for magnesium
  • Helps the body metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats
  • Maintain healthy glucose metabolism in healthy individuals
  • Support a healthy stress response in the body
  • Support healthy heart muscle function and rhythm in healthy individuals. See Magnesium Forte.

Sudden cramping and pain in your abdomen can often mean big trouble when you’re travelling, leaving you running for the toilet! Was it something you ate, did you forget to drink bottled water or have you picked up a tummy bug? Whatever the reason, diarrhoea associated with travelling can certainly ruin your holiday. Taking a room stable probiotic with you is ideal as you don’t have to worry about refrigeration. Probiotics can help:

  • Support healthy digestive function
  • Restore healthy intestinal flora by competing with pathogenic bacteria associated with traveller’s diarrhoea
  • Reduce the occurrence of diarrhoea associated with antibiotic use
  • Support gastrointestinal health
  • Maintain and support healthy immune function
  • Reduce the risk of mild upper respiratory tract infections (Bifidobacterium lactis). See Probiotic + SB

Zinc and vitamin C
No-one wants to get sick or feel uncomfortable while they’re on holiday. Strengthening your immune system can help to offset the many challenges of travelling. Flying often results in exposure to respiratory pathogens, a change of season or weather may bring on a cold or mild upper respiratory tract infection and minor cuts and scratches may increase your risk of developing an infection. Zinc and vitamin C can help:

  • Provide relief from the symptoms of colds
  • Reduce the severity of colds
  • In the management of mild upper respiratory tract infections
  • Promote the healing of minor wounds such as cuts, scratches and abrasions
  • Maintain healthy skin
  • Support healthy immune system function. See Zinc Forte + C.

Digestive enzymes
When you’re on holidays you tend to eat more food than usual and many different types of food that vary from your normal ‘at home’ diet. How well you digest and absorb your food can make all the difference to your digestive comfort and digestive enzymes help to take the pressure off your digestive system. Digestive enzymes support healthy digestive function and aid in the digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, including fibre and lactose. Drinking more alcohol than usual can also deplete your body’s level of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes can help:

  • Support healthy digestive function
  • Indigestion
  • Flatulence
  • Bloating
  • With the feeling of fullness. See Digest-Zymes.

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