By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 08 July 2020
It’s that time of year again when everyone is getting ready to jet off for their summer holiday. Summer holidays offer that much needed break from our day-to-day routines, but our health doesn’t have to pay the price.
We understand that barbeque food and poolside cocktails are going to be included in your new regime and we don’t blame you, but this doesn’t mean we have to put our health on the back burner. Our experts have put together a travel health guide, so you can soak up some sunshine and relax, whilst keeping one squinty eye on your health and wellbeing…
Treat yourself in moderation
A holiday isn’t complete without delicious food and some treats, but a common trap is enjoying too many of these treats that you usually keep to a minimum in your daily routine back home. If you spend your whole time away eating sugar-filled treats and consuming too much alcohol, your energy levels are likely to be compromised due to the dips in your blood sugar levels.
So, where possible, aim to reduce the amount of biscuits, sweets and junk food you’re consuming so you have the energy to enjoy every aspect of your break. For a little natural help, try Natures Plus KetoLiving Sugar Control Capsules (£29.95,www.revital.co.uk), which help to keep your blood sugar levels stable, minimising the chances of experiencing any peaks and dips that can lead us to raiding the hotel buffet.
Staying healthy on the move
“Plastic wrapped meals and dry airplane croissants may be convenient but they’re not so gut friendly. In reality, travel means a rapid change in diet. Our usual routine stops and some may not touch anything green for days, which ultimately impacts digestion.
While bloating, heartburn and irregular bowel movements may not sound so glamorous, regulating digestion can really make or break a trip,” explains London’s Leading Nutrtitionist, Lily Soutter www.lilysoutternutrition.com
“Bloating and cramps are not uncommon with air travel. Due to air pressure, gas in the intestinal will expand at around 30% when flying. To prevent the bloat, it’s advisable to pass on the carbonated drinks and gassy foods like broccoli, beans, and onions before your flight.
You may also want to switch your usual airplane coffee with peppermint tea and pack some Chia seeds. Chia seeds can be a fast-track way of increasing fibre intake; just 2 tbsp provide 11g fibre. These little seeds can be easily packed into hand luggage or a suitcase and can be consumed as a snack or sprinkled over your breakfast,” advises Lily.
Preparation is key
If you suffer with the lifestyle disease, this doesn’t stop you from travelling all over the world – diabetes isn’t a barrier! With the right preparations and advice you can help minimise any potential problems. “Take sufficient medication with you – it’s usually advised to carry with you twice as much medication as you would normally need to cover for unexpected delays or losses.
Heat can lead to dehydration, which can affect glucose levels – drink sufficient fluids to maintain a good level of hydration. Finally, avoid prolonged sunbathing as this can raise blood glucose levels and keep medication cool,” explains Dr. Sarah Brewer, working in association with CuraLin the type-2 diabetes supplement (curalife.co).
“Treats can be enjoyed if you have diabetes, as long as you don’t eat too much in one go. Spread them out rather than overindulging in one sitting – graze rather than gorge,” adds Dr Sarah Brewer. For extra support try CuraLin (£59.00,www.curalife.co), a nutritional supplement that can be taken alongside medication.
It is made from a mixture of eleven natural ingredients, which are derived from Ayurvedic medicine, that work with the body to help balance blood sugar levels of those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. It can also help reduce cravings for sugar and processed carbohydrates, which could come in handy over the holiday period in particular.
CuraLin also restricts the absorption of sugar and other carbohydrates, boosts insulin sensitivity and production and supports daily energy levels.