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Top 5 – Holiday & Travel Health FAQs

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Can I take my probiotics away with me?

It is recommended that probiotic supplements are kept in the fridge to ensure they remain as effective as they can possibly be.  However, if they are of a high enough quality, they will remain stable out of the fridge for long enough for you to transport them to your holiday destination; just make sure you pop them back in the fridge when you arrive.  If you’re not going to have access to a fridge however whilst you’re away, we recommend taking a probiotic supplement containing saccharomyces boulardii with you as an alternative.  Saccharomyces boulardii is a non-pathogenic yeast which has been shown to support a healthy balance of flora.  This doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge and is a great solution for gastrointestinal support whilst traveling.

I’m worried about travelers diarrhea – is there anything I can take to help?

Saccharomyces boulardii is ideal to take away with you if you’re worried about travelers diarrhea.  It can be used to deal with an acute problem, or as a preventative if it’s something you’re concerned you could be exposed to whilst away.  It’s also useful for antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

I often get constipated when I go on holiday – is there an easy way to deal with this?

Many people worry about a change in bowel habits when they go away.  Both traveler’s diarrhea and constipation are very common.  Some of the most common causes of constipation on holiday are a sudden change in diet, disruption of daily routine, jet lag and dehydration.  Making sure you continue to get enough fibre and plenty of water are important strategies to help prevent constipation, especially if you are traveling to a warmer climate.  In addition, a stick pack of pureed papaya is a useful support that travels well and doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge.  Several trials have found papaya helps to facilitate regular bowel movements and can be a particularly useful support on holiday.

i often suffer from indigestion when I eat out and am worried about this happening more often on holiday.  Is there anything natural that I can take to help?

Indigestion is a common holiday health complaint.  Whilst it’s lovely to try new cuisines, sometimes these can be laden with ingredients that our digestive systems are not used to dealing with.  A natural plant-based digestive enzyme supplement can really help in these situations.  Plant enzymes are similar to those that your body naturally produces and can help to make sure your food is broken down properly and help you to avoid unwanted symptoms of indigestion.

I’m worried about catching bugs on the plane that could spoil my holiday.  Is there anything I can take to help prevent this?

Arriving on holiday with more than you bargained for is a common worry among travelers.  Re-circulated air, cabin pressure and the virtually moisture-free conditions inside a plane cabin can increase your vulnerability to airborne infection.  Whilst there’s little you can do to change the conditions inside a plane, you can be pro-active about maximizing your immune defenses before you go on holiday to decrease your risks of contracting infections that you may be exposed to.  Choose a comprehensive immune support product that contains key nutrients; vitamins A, C, E, D and zinc.  In addition, an exciting new ingredient – beta 1-3/1-6 glucans has been found to be a powerful support that enhances the immune system without over-stimulating it.

Saccharomyces boulardii is available at The Finchley Clinic