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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Varriale

My Top 5 Holiday Essentials

Do you ever wonder why you seem to get ill when you go on holiday? This is often because we’re usually running around, doing “all the things” including wrapping up work and getting everything ready for our trip. 

We're probably running on adrenaline and cortisol, both of which suppress the immune system. So the minute we stop, those stress hormones fade away (along with the short-term energy they can provide). That’s when the infections and fatigue can kick in.

I know it’s easier said than done, but understanding the above and prioritising self-care in the run up to your holiday is even more important than usual. Focus on sleep and eating well as much as you can, and remember those deep breaths to calm the nervous system - in for the count of 3, hold for 4, and out for 5.

Below are my top 5 holiday essentials that may also help your holiday go smoothly. These are products I use myself, for my family, and recommend often to clients:

  1. Saccharomyces Boulardii* - This is a probiotic yeast, a great choice for travellers’ tummy, stomach upsets and loose stools. You can take preventatively at 1 per day and increase up to 4 throughout the day for acute episodes.

  2. Immune Protect - As a result of the pesky virus we’re all now familiar with, there are now a wide range of supplements available containing a blend of lovely immune-supportive nutrients. Vitamin C, D and Zinc are the key ones to look out for, but selenium, quercetin and beta-glucans are also included in this one. I usually start this one a week or two before going away, especially if flying. Suitable for age 10 upwards.

  3. Thiamine B1 - To prevent insect bites? The question mark is because there’s not much research to back this one up, but many people swear by it and it’s worked for me in the past. Theory is that it makes us smell funny to biting insects, but not to each other! It's a bit like how flea treatment works for cats and dogs. And if you've ever taken B vitamins you'll know they can have a bit of a whiff. Vitamin B1 is also needed for energy production, metabolism and nerve, muscle, and heart function. If you’re going to try this, start taking 2 weeks before you go away and throughout your holiday.

  4. Lavender Essential Oil - For relief from bites. Whilst there are many essential oils that are often recommended for insect bites, Lavender is one of the few that you can apply directly to your skin to soothe the irritation. As an added bonus, you can sprinkle on your pillow at bed time for some extra sleepy calm.

  5. Elete electrolytes - for recovery from food poisoning. This is a handy little bottle with concentrated electrolytes you can add to a glass of water when needed. These may also be useful if you're sweating a lot we we lose electrolytes through the skin. Alternatively, you could add a small amount of sea salt to some water for the sodium, have a banana for the potassium, and a handful of almonds for the magnesium.

All of the above are available from The Natural Dispensary. If you use my practitioner promo code SAVA10, you’ll get 10% off. Full disclosure - I may receive some commission for your purchase, and you can of course buy them wherever you please, I like to be transparent about these things :)

Important note - If you're taking prescription medications or are pregnant, please talk to your pharmacist or GP before taking any supplements as some nutrients, especially herbs, can interact with medications or are not suitable for pregnancy.

*not suitable in pregnancy

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