7 tips for a healthful holiday!

It’s never too early for holiday planning. Not just getting the tickets and the itinerary, but ensuring that you stay healthy and happy throughout every minute of it.

Stress and sleep

Sonia Chartier

15 July 2014

#1 Be Zen

Does the mere thought of boarding a plane or boat throw you into a panic? Sure, letting your fears get the upper hand means never having to deal with motion sickness—but you’re also missing out on a whole lot of great memories.


Focus on your destination. Think of white sand, blue sea and palm trees waving in the breeze. Imagine how you’ll feel when you get there. Think of how happy you’ll be! Or, if you’re taking the train to visit a friend, think about what you’re going to do when you get there, the places you’ll go to, and so on. Doing this exercise will help you stay positive and calm your fears.

Natural remedies can help. One such remedy is Avenaforce, a supplement derived from oats that’s known for its ability to soothe the nervous system.

Breathe deeply: this automatically helps you feel calmer, since it promotes alpha brain waves, which help relax the body and mind. Take long, slow deep breaths, filling your entire ribcage until you feel the tension begin to dissolve. Close your eyes and breathe deeply . . . and visualize your stress and anxiety getting fainter with each breath, leaving you calm and relaxed.

#2 Avoid swollen legs and ankles

If you feel that your veins might not bear the strain, and want to avoid shuffling off your flight in bed socks and slippers with feet like giant muffins, apply Venaforce® gel to your legs before flying and once again during the flight. This will help to keep things in their normal proportions. Don’t forget to also drink lots of water.

#3 Sleep like a baby

Upon arrival at your destination, it may well be that you are bidden to caper and be merry though you wish for nothing more than your bed. Rhodiola will keep you awake and interested until an appropriate hour. If, on the other hand, you are unable to sleep, Deep Sleep can calm both your central nervous system and relax your muscles, allowing you the desired oblivion without a groggy head in the morning.

#4 Eat well

Encountering local food can be a mind-broadening experience, but you don’t want it to deteriorate into an adventure for your bowels. Take A.Vogel Molkosan supplement with you and keep your guts sweet with a daily dose. While working your way through the local wine list, take A.Vogel Milk Thistle twice a day to keep your liver in order and reduce hangover horror.

#5 Watch your sun exposure

Don’t let the sun do more than lightly kiss your skin. Avoid serial sunburn by applying a high factor sun cream regularly when out of the shade.

#6 Don’t give colds, earaches and other minor ills any chance to flourish!

Always on hand to protect you from everything flung at your immune system, from airplane bugs to swimming pool beasties, is Echinaforce®. Easy to carry and simple to use, two tablets once or twice a day could save you from wasting precious holiday time in your bed, or coming home with a virus that undoes the good of your time off.

#7 Protect yourself against insect bites

And speaking of beasties, how irritating is it that small creatures such as mosquitoes can cause us such misery. Canadian mosquitoes are capable of ruining a whole holiday, I can assure you… Fortunately, Nature balances the production of such joy-quenchers with repellents that allow us to combat them. A mix of citronella, lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint Aromaforce® essential oils is quite effective: 15-20 drops of essential oils in 2 tablespoons of base oil (such as sweet almond oil, grape seed oil or even olive oil). The repellent should be applied to exposed skin every 2-3 hours. If you are making larger amounts of mosquito repellent, the ratio is 1 part essential oil for 10-20 parts carrier oil.

And if the mosquitoes get the better of you, applying Arnica gel to the bites helps reduce the inflammation.

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