School holidays are almost upon us, the sun hats are packed and the flights are booked but have you got everything? Many health issues can crop up on a summer holiday which are easily manageable with a bit of preparation so why not pack our holiday multi-taskers to keep your health tip top without blowing your baggage allowance.

Lip health/SPF

When spending time in the sun, we take great care of our skin but often our lips, get forgotten about.

Not only does Cherry ChapStick keep your lips feeling soft and kissable it also contains SPF of 15 so be sure to apply a layer before heading out in the sun this summer and keep sun burn free! Cherry ChapStick® SPF 15 £1.22 from leading pharmacies.

 

DVT/Jet Lag

DVT is the formation of blood clots within the blood vessels, often in the large, deep veins in the lower legs. DVT can block the flow of blood and cause tissue damage and if a clot breaks away, reaching the lungs it can be fatal. Jetlag is a physical condition caused by crossing time zones during flight which is marked by fatigue, insomnia, nausea, and irritability.

A recent study[1] shows, pine bark extract from the French maritime pine tree reduces jetlag in passengers by nearly 50 per cent. The two-part study, consisting of a brain CT scan and a scoring system, showed Pycnogenol® lowered symptoms of jetlag such as fatigue, headaches, insomnia and brain edema (swelling) in both healthy individuals and hypertensive patients.

A further study found that low air pressure and oxygen levels on a flight may raise air traveller’s susceptibility to the potential fatal condition, DVT[2]. Passengers who spent eight hours or more on an aircraft were more likely to suffer from fatal blood clots than those who sat in a seat on the ground for the same amount of time. Pycnogenol® is well renowned for its ability to support blood vessels; reinforcing capillary walls and ensuring normal blood flow.

It is a natural flavonoids, which helps to prevent abnormal blood clotting and blood leakage through weak vessel walls by contributing to the health of large blood vessels. Pycnogenol® is available from independent health food stores, and pharmacies, priced at £13.75 for 30 capsules from www.multivits.com

Sunburn and moisturiser

Aloe Vera Gel helps soothe the irritation caused by over-exposure to the sun as well as moisturising the skin. This colourless gel absorbs quickly to leave no greasy residue. Full-strength formula won’t stain clothing or fabrics. Aloe Vera Gel to help soothe and heal – apply to skin 2-3 times a day.

Holland & Barrett Aloe Vera Gel, £3.49, 200ml £5.99; to help soothe the pain from sunburn and heat rash available from Holland & Barrett stores nationwide or by visiting www.hollandandbarrett.co.uk

Bites and rashes

Anthisan Bite and Sting Cream can provide relief from pain, irritation and inflammation caused by insect bites. Not only this, but it is also a great soother if you have been stung by stinging nettles.

When you are bitten or stung, cells in the body (known as mast cells) release a chemical called histamine. Histamine causes the nerve endings to react and this accelerates blood flow, dilates capillaries and increases their permeability.

As a result, plasma leaks into the surrounding tissue causing inflammation and resulting in pain, swelling and skin irritation. Anthisan is a topical antihistamine and contains an ingredient called mepyramine maleate which blocks the histamine ‘receptor sites’ 3 and so helps to reduce pain, swelling and irritation.

Anthisan Cream (25g) retails at £4.07 and Anthisan Bite & Sting Cream (20g) retails at £3.65 available from Boots.

Tummy upset/Hangover

An upset stomach can be an unfortunate side effect of travelling abroad. It might be funny food that upsets your tummy but Dioralyte is also great for soothing a hangover! Dioralyte Relief, available in blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, contains rice powder which helps to solidify stools, return bowel movements to normal and so reduce the duration of diarrhoea.

Packing a few sachets of Dioralyte Relief in your suitcase means you won’t have to ruin your holiday if the problem occurs. Dioralyte Relief costs £4.28 for six sachets available from Boots.