Alternative View: Ways to ensure a healthy holiday

Jenny Logan. Health Food Shop. Columnist.
Jenny Logan. Health Food Shop. Columnist.

Last week I mentioned that people are starting to think about their holidays and over the next couple of weeks we will be staying on that theme, I am going to look at ways to ensure that your holiday is a healthy one.

We will be having a look at ways to prevent prickly heat, sunburn, holiday tummy and swollen ankles. To start with, this week I am going to look at skin health.

For those who struggle with prickly heat the warmth and sunshine can actually be a bit of a problem as their skin starts to itch and irritate.

There are a couple of things which are well worth a try if this is a problem. If the rash is very red, very hot and gets worse in bed at night, then try the homeopathic remedy of sulphur. This traditional blood cooler is used by many with great reports.

If the rash looks more raised and bumpy, like you had fallen into a patch of nettles, and is irritated in the shower, then the remedy to try is urtica. Made from nettle, urtica is a natural anti-histamine which can help to reduce the rash and irritation quickly.

Either of these remedies could be taken when the rash appears, but we now have many people who start taking them before they go away, to try and prevent the problem occurring at all.

We have one girl who came in with terrible heat rash which was very red, extremely itchy and hot, so we suggested that she try the sulphur. She took it away and came back 48 hours later, delighted to show us that the problem had gone.

She has taken the sulphur religiously each summer since and has not had a repeat of the problem.

The other supplement which can come in very handy for prickly heat is also something we suggest to anyone who is going to be exposing their skin to the sun – Astaxanthin – one of the best things around for protecting the skin.

It comes from algae and is the pink pigment, which turns things like salmon the lovely pink colour they have, but have no fear we are to trying to turn you pink – exactly the opposite in fact. Astaxanthin you see can help to stop your skin from burning.

Studies have been done which show that Astaxanthin allows people to safely spend more time in the sun without damaging their skin cells – this means that it can protect against the type of sun damage which is associated with the development of skin cancer. It also means it can help protect against sunburn.

I am not suggesting the use of Astaxanthin instead of sun cream, I am suggesting that it should be used alongside to offer extra protection.