Holiday Tummy prevention
Holiday time can be wonderful, a time rest and relax, spend time with family and for many an opportunity to see a different part of the world. Travel however, does bring with it some drawbacks, including holiday tummy, insect bites, and coughs and colds which fly around the plane.
So, over the next few blogs we will try and cover the natural remedies which will help prevent all these problems. Starting this week with the prevention of holiday tummy.
The bacteria in our gut are responsible for keeping the immune system healthy, which means that they are important for keeping infections at bay. They also help to keep nasty, pathogenic bacteria under control and can stop them from causing havoc with our innards. For this reason, it has long been thought that taking a daily supplement of good bacteria may help to prevent and treat holiday tummy. Science has now backed this hypothesis up concluding that the use of certain probiotics can help to prevent traveller’s diarrhoea.
The bacteria which have been shown to be particularly helpful include:
• Lactobacillus acidophilus – L. acidophilus has been shown to improve the production of lactic acid – creating an environment which encourages the growth of other, friendly bacteria. L. acidophilus also creates an undesirable environment for the harmful bacteria, keeping them under control.
• Lactobacillus casei – L. casei has also been found to be helpful in changing the gut environment for the better. Therefore, the combination of casei & acidophilus would be helpful in encouraging the growth of the good bugs whilst helping to eliminate the bad ones.
• Lactobacillus plantarum – L. plantarum continuously fights disease and prevents entry of pathogenic microorganisms that might otherwise cause disease, as well as prevent them from growing.
• Streptococcus thermophilus – S. thermophilus can withstand very high heat as the name suggests. It has several benefits for the digestion & health, including the prevention and relief of diarrhoea.
If you do want to take a good bacteria supplement to help prevent holiday tummy upsetting your break, look for a product which contains at least these four strains. You should also choose a product with at least 30 billion good bacteria per capsule. This is because there are 100 trillion bacteria inside each of us, forming the microbiome. So, if we want to make a difference, 1-2 billion is not going to be enough. The bacteria should also be heat stable – after all, you don’t want them to die off in the heat of your holiday.
Keep your eyes peeled for our next holiday blog, where we will be discussing bugs of another kind – insects and biting beasties!
Written By Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a Nutritional Therapist who has worked with clients in Health Foods Stores and Private Clinics for over 20 years.)