Family at airport leaving for holiday - Naturopaths guide to a healthy holiday

Oakleigh Naturopath Magda gives tips for a healthy holiday season

HOW TO KEEP HEALTHY ON HOLIDAYS!

Spring has settled in and before we know it the Christmas holidays will be right around the corner.

Some of you may be travelling overseas for a summer getaway somewhere such as Bali or South East Asia. We have all heard of the dreaded “Bali belly” or maybe even experienced an upset tummy whilst overseas.

Here are a few things from our Naturopath Magda to prepare for a healthy, happy holiday.

 

1. SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII (SB)

Saccharomyces Boulardii (SB) is an essential part of any traveller’s first aid kit. It was discovered in the early 1920s when a scientist travelling in South East Asia found a group of people who came out the other side of a cholera outbreak, unscathed. Their secret was chewing on the skin of lychees and/or mangosteens or making tea with these skins. Upon further investigation he ultimately discovered this yeast* within the skins of these fruits.

SB has been shown to been an effective aid for the treatment of traveller’s diarrhoea and even for it’s prevention due to it’s immune enhancing abilities in the gut.

With its antimicrobial capabilities, it prevents the adhesion of bacteria such as Salmonella, Yersina and Candida to your gut lining, resulting in these bacteria being eliminated from the body.

SB also increases the release of something called secretory IgA (sIgA). Secretory IgA is first line defence against pathogens, and it has this action in the gut.

If you are travelling to an area that is prone to these tummy upsets, consider starting SB around two weeks before you go away and continue to take it throughout your holiday. You may even start it 1 month before your trip and especially so if you have had a recent bout of gastroenteritis, food poisoning or even constipation.

If you have the unfortunate event of having “Bali belly” or traveller’s diarrhoea, SB can also be taken at a higher acute dose to reduce the severity and length of time you have to deal with the issue. It is a true all rounder!

 

*Although SB is technically a yeast, it does similarly act like a probiotic and is not harmful to individuals with yeast overgrowth issues (it can in fact be beneficial to take at this time also)

 

2. PROBIOTICS

Similarly to SB, probiotics have the capability of preventing an upset tummy by improving gut immune function. Additionally to this, probiotics can aid general immune function, hence great to prevent any nasty bugs that may be lurking around on your plane trip.

Probiotics can also help with digestion (if compromised due to ingesting new foods or foods not usually eaten), and importantly, help keep your bowels regular on your travels.

If there has been a tummy upset whilst overseas, probiotics can also assist with reinstating the healthy bacteria back into your gut and aid in the reduction of any inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

A good multi-strain shelf-stable probiotic will do the trick and this too can be taken leading up to your trip and also during your holiday.

 

3. IMMUNE HERBS

Are you a person who gets through the year without getting a cold or flu and then as soon as you go on holidays, you end up unwell in bed?

Chances are you have been juggling many things and running on almost empty. When we are in this mode for a long period of time our immune system takes a back step and this leaves us prone to catching anything that comes along when we finally make it to holiday time.

Supporting and nourishing your immune system before your trip could be a great way to make sure it is in tip top shape. Here are a few immune herbs to take;

 

  1. Echinacea is a beautiful immune boosting herb and also a great overall tonic if you are tired and run down.
  2. Astragalus is another immune boosting herb, which is also commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to strengthen your resistance.

 

 

Need some help with getting your gut, immune or nervous systems ready for your trip? Consult with our naturopath Magda, available on Thursdays.

 

 

Disclamer: Always consult with your naturopath or GP before taking herbal medicines if you are currently on prescription medications. Always consult with a naturopath before taking herbal medicines if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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