You've got your luggage packed. You've got your travel insurance sorted. Now what about your immune strength? The last thing you want happening is to fall sick during your holiday, look for a doctor but most importantly, to lose out on the experience you've been so excited about.
There are a few ways to boost your immune system while travelling, so you can stay healthy during your trip.
1. Take a probiotic supplement.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help improve overall digestive health, and research has shown that they may also boost the immune system.
2. Make sure to include plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains.
This will help you to fight against any infections that may arise. Some examples of foods that can help boost your immune system are organic honey, garlic, ginger, and turmeric. Try to avoid food and drink that are high in sugar and processed ingredients which can give you that momentary energy spike but drain and make you feel sluggish.
3. Drink plenty of water
When travelling, it is important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid becoming dehydrated and experiencing any negative health effects (and bad breath). Additionally, drink a sports drink or juice if you are feeling thirsty during exercise or activities in hot weather.
4. Take breaks from the sun and enjoy the cool breezes whenever you can.
Another way to keep your immunity strong is to take regular breaks from the travel environment. Resting and spending time in nature can help to refresh your body and boost your immune system.
5. Get a good night's sleep
By sleeping well, you will increase your chances of avoiding sickness and enjoying a safe and enjoyable trip. This will also give you the energy for the next day. Your body will have a chance to recover from the stresses of the day which you might not be used to from a sedentary lifestyle.
6. Keep your hands away from your face
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Washing your hands regularly is a good practice avoid picking up any unnecessary bacteria or virus, and use sanitizing wipes when needed. Additionally, keeping your environment clean can help reduce the risk of getting sick.
7. Get vaccinated against common diseases before you leave
Finally, make sure to get vaccinated against common illnesses before travelling. This will help you avoid any complications during your trip and protect yourself from potential health risks.
These are just some simple tips you can follow so you'll be able to stay healthy during your trip no matter what virus or bug hits the area you're visiting! Happy holidays!