Stay Healthy on your Holiday by Andrew Louro

As summer is here many of you will be travelling to hot and exotic destinations, but even if you’re not, it can get a little warm here in the good old UK too. Here’s a couple of tips to help you stay healthy and energised if you travel or stay home.

Travelling by air in peak times means a lot of people breathing the same air not to mention all the kiddies on holidays as well. It’s a good idea to pay attention to your immune system and avoid getting ill for your hard earned week on the beach. This is especially important because travel itself can be tiring and demanding on your body, leaving you more vulnerable.

I suggest investing in a good quality Reishi mushroom supplement, it has lots of benefits and although there isn’t much literature on it, the science is fairly solid. Choose carefully and avoid supplements that have been made from the mycelium, that’s the root system that the mushroom grows from.

A good supplement will be made from the flowering body of the mushroom itself. Try to find products that have analysis information available and a good concentration of beta-glucans, those are the things in the mushroom we think have all the immune benefits.

My second tip is hydration, surprise surprise, I know right! However, most people think drinking 5 litres of water a day is the way to go! Not so much, that can in fact often be worse. I do not recommend any excessive consumption of water – hydration is just as much about replacing electrolytes as it is fluid.

Water is a great source of electrolytes for sure, but it’s not always enough, especially if you’re sweating more than normal. It’s worth having some drinks with added electrolytes, or if you enjoy it, coconut water is a good natural choice.

Sodium is one of the main minerals we need to stay hydrated, so you can simply add more salt to your food or drink some lightly salted water, but don’t go swallowing mouthfuls of sea water haha. Holidays often mean alcohol, what’s a holiday without a few cocktails, beers, or wine! Alcohol can make it difficult for your body to absorb minerals especially magnesium, another good reason to get more electrolytes in.

Hope you find those tips helpful and happy holidays this summer.

If you want to lose weight, become fitter or live a more healthy life then do get in touch with Andrew Louro – our Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach on 020 8316 5316.