Guest Post: Ally Griffin – Top Tips For Staying Healthy When Travelling
Happy Thursday everyone! I hope your week has been lovely so far and I hope it continues to be beautiful. Remember, the more positive vibes you radiate, the more that will come your way (it is a win, win situation!). Anyway, I am wanting to send more positive vibes your way today and this is by introducing you to the wonderful Ally Griffin, a friend of mine I met at a retreat last year. She is beautiful inside and out and definitely, has some awesome advice to share.
I am a Healthy Diet & Lifestyle Coach, supporting and motivating individuals to live healthier and happier lives by making small and manageable changes in their life. I am about to graduate as a Registered Nutritionist. While I have loved my time at university, I cannot wait to get out there and start my career properly.
Studying health, wellbeing and nutrition has made me realise how much I care about my health and other people’s health. I have worked with a number of different clients and have seen some amazing, positive changes that have helped them achieve their personal health goals. I have also recently delivered a nutrition workshop to young people for the Princes Trust, which I really enjoyed. I believe that it is important to empower people with the nutritional knowledge they need to enjoy their lives to the fullest and I love being part of their journey.
I take a lot of inspiration from my travels and I am keen to explore as many countries as possible. That is why I have come up with these top tips on how to stay healthy when travelling. Some of these tips may seem like common sense, but it is also super important to remember them!
The last thing I, and probably most people, want when travelling is not to get sick. That’s why I have pulled together this list of top tips which will help you keep healthy and happy when you are on the go exploring your next country. I hope that you take one or two of these on board and keep sickness away during your travels.
Top Tips for Staying Healthy When Travelling
When flying, there is a lack of humidity on board which can result in dehydration, so make sure you drink plenty of water during your flight. It is advised to avoid alcohol, tea and coffee because of their diuretic effect (makes you need the loo more), so if you do choose to have a tipple, or two, make sure you compensate with more water. The trips to the loo will add some exercise during your flight, as well as prevent swelling and improve your circulation.
When on the go it is easy to forget about keeping hydrated. When you’re busy admiring the city you’re exploring or if you’re too busy relaxing on the beach, the last thing some people think about is drinking enough water. One of the ways I stay hydrated when travelling is by keeping a bottle of water in my bag – that way I know it’s there and when it’s banging against the side of my leg or back, this always reminds me to drink some more water.
Protect your skin
Not using sun protection can lead to some terrible sunburn or even blisters. While it is great getting a lovely golden tan (or going red in some people’s cases), it is so important to protect your skin from the UV rays. It is recommended to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 – this may be higher depending on your skin type.
Long periods of unprotected exposure to the sun can result in skin damage, which no one wants I’m sure. Things such as early wrinkling, age spots and even skin cancer are a number of problems that can occur through excessive sun exposure, so it is vital that you protect your skin. Sitting under an umbrella or covering vulnerable areas like shoulders, can also help protect your skin.
There is a positive though, UV exposure helps our body make vitamin D which helps the absorption of calcium, as well as keep bones strong and healthy, so do make sure you get out and enjoy some sunshine – with the protection of course!
Keep your immune system strong
When travelling, your body is more susceptible to illnesses and infections so keeping your immune system strong is really important. Your immune system is at its strongest when the body contains plenty of immune boosting nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin A and zinc. These are obtained from fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, raspberries, garlic and spinach, so make sure you are eating plenty of them. Exercise and plenty of rest also helps keep the immune system strong.
There are some factors that can decrease immune function though, the first one being smoking. As we all know, smoking is obviously bad for health, but this can really affect your immune system strength, so either try to quit or just cut down (at least when travelling!). Another biggie that can affect immune function is stress. If you are stressed, try some relaxing exercises like yoga and think positively. It is amazing what positivity can do to your mood – that’s how I live my life so give it a go! (Me too Ally!)
Keep hands clean
Think about all the different things you touch when travelling, door handles, hand rails, public transport… The list goes on. Now think about how many other people have touched them same objects – yes, lots of germs. It’s amazing how quickly germs can spread and lead to infection so keep them hands as clean as possible.
Wash your hands whenever you can, and always carry hand sanitizer everywhere you go – it’s one of my essential items when travelling. It’s small so will fit in your bag or backpack and will keep all those germs at bay!
Now I am sure you have heard this advice a million times, but it is good advice! Be careful when drinking and watch your drinks when on your travels. It is a good idea to make sure you have had a good meal before drinking alcohol – food in the stomach helps slow the rate of alcohol absorption and gives the body time to process the alcohol.
Alcohol is a toxin that actually poison’s your body, so your body does everything it can to flush the toxins away and therefore, dehydrates your body. So, one of my top tips is to try and drink water in-between drinks. I try my best to do this and it really does help the next day.
Best foods for a hangover? A good old bacon butty is perfect – the bread will help soak up the alcohol and the bacon will replace the salts that have been lost from all those trips to the loo the night before. A banana is also a great food to have a hangover as it contains the minerals that are lost when the body is dehydrated. And of course – lots of water to rehydrate your body!
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A huge thank you goes out to Ally for stopping by. I love her ethos, I love her as a friend and she radiates such a wonderful aura. Thank you, Ally.
I hope everyone enjoyed this week’s blog post! If you want to write something for my blog, please get in touch; I would love to hear from you! I am available via social media or email all linked here: Contact Me
If you have some travels planned, I hope you are excited! I am hoping to visit Singapore again this summer and explore more areas of the globe.
Where would you like to go next? Comment below!
Happiness, positivity and gratitude always.
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