Travel Health Tips
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Travel health tips to remember when you're preparing for your next trip.

You've waited with excitement for months before going on vacation. And, as luck would have it, you're not feeling good —sneezing, wheezing, runny nose... blame it on the new environment? That's what I used to do.

Even the vacation pictures took evidence of my health condition. Watery eyes, dry lips, red nose. Well, not all my pictures looked like that. When I couldn't stand it, I took medicine with steroids.

Not anymore!

1. Always have a bottle of water with you.
This keeps you from getting dehydrated. Without it, it's easy to just grab a soda and all that sugar isn't good for you while you travel.

2. Eat breakfast! You're on vacation, no need to eat and run. Relax and enjoy a leisurely breakfast for a change.

fruit 3. Stay off the junk food, take an apple instead, or some other easy to carry fruit or nuts. Or when facing Temptation Island (this is the dessert table at a restaurant), go for the fruit! I am hoping that the pastry craving would have died down after you've eaten the fruit.

If not, go ahead and break the rules, just take a bite or two and really enjoy the moment.

4. Don't starve yourself. When you do, you tend to eat more than what your body needs. Take time for light meals or healthy in-between snacks.

5. Try some local food. When in Rome, eat what the Romans eat :-). Tasting new dishes and flavors adds to the total travel experience.

When I was in Brussels, I stumbled across this restaurant that displayed fresh seafood and vegetables, including seaweed! Aargh, too bad we just had dinner. Well. I know where my dinner will be next time I'm in Brussels.

6. Do your feet a favor: wear comfortable shoes. When they do feel overworked at the end of a day of walking, sooth them in a hot bath with invigorating seaweed for baths (not the seaweed tablets!).

7. Take your seaweed tablets first thing in the morning. This is on the top of my list of health tips. Seaweed tablets provide you with loads of energy to enjoy the trip from start to finish.

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