Don't let tummy troubles and sunburn get in the way of your fun this summer. Here are a few summer essentials I always have in my beach bag.
I pack a natural, mineral based sunscreen instead of the typical synthetic sun factor. You still get the same UVA and UVB protection but without the parabens and other chemical ingredients. Try Green People or Neal’s Yard available in factors 15-25.
To avoid an upset stomach or bloating I recommend a good quality probiotic. Look for ones that contain bacteria in their billions such as 'For Travelling Abroad' from Optibac and take daily throughout your holiday.
If you are suffering from more than just nausea, a probiotic containing a form of yeast called Saccharomyces Boulardii (AKA Sacch. B) is excellent at eliminating foreign micro-organisms in the body. There are lots of scientific research studies to support its ability to bind to and flush out pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella, minimising the risk of diarrhoea.
Coconut water is full of natural electrolytes and can replace electrolytes lost during diarrhoea, preventing dehydration. Depending on where you are travelling, you might be lucky enough to drink it fresh from a coconut, with a straw :)
Ginger is a great remedy for travel sickness and nausea. Make fresh ginger tea or grate some into your salad.
High strength garlic supplements are naturally anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial and may reduce the risk of upset stomach while travelling.
For hand sanitizers swap your alcohol drops and chemical laden baby wipes for Water Wipes. Water Wipes are free from alcohol, parabens, lanolin, perfumes and phthalates. Water Wipes contain grapefruit seed extract, a powerful natural antibacterial that is gentle on all skin types. Use in place of baby wipes, face wipes and hand sanitizer when out and about, or on the road, they are fab! Available from Boots, Ocado and Amazon.