Tips to stay healthy on a trip with the kids

Going on holiday to an overseas destination with the family is an exciting experience for the family. It is a time to spend quality time and bond with your spouse and kids (if any) and helps to strengthen the bonds that bind us as a family. Tourism has developed rapidly over the last half a century and there are countless places to see and some of the most exotic destinations to explore.

One such hub that attracts millions of tourists is the city of London. It is the capital of Britain and the most popular destination in the country. While it is an expensive city there are special deals and promotional offers available at different parts of the year. And if you are a member of a hotel rewards program you could save considerably on accommodation costs at an affiliate partner hotel in the city.

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If not, you could choose to stay at The Metropolis London Hyde Park a premium hotel that is both budget and kid friendly and in one of the best locations in the city. One of the major concerns when on a holiday with the family is to stay healthy to make the most of the trip. There are certain things which we can do to ensure that the family stay free of ill-health, whether we travel to London or to more exotic destinations like Asia or South America. While London and other western countries have higher standards of hygiene, there are certain parts of the world where extra caution needs to be taken. When travelling to such locations things to keep in mind are…

Get the necessary vaccinations: Kids and even adults may need to be vaccinated when travelling to remote and tropical tourist spots of the world. Check the health advisory for foreign travel to the country you plan to spend a holiday in and get vaccinated (if required) for the mentioned diseases. Nobody enjoys the idea of spending a holiday in a lovely tourist while being sick. After all prevention is always better than cure!

Ensure to wash your hands often: The most basic precautions but one that can never be overstated. Most of the germs and bacteria that cause us to fall sick are to be found on our hands, especially when we use public modes of transport and visit public places. And if get negligent and eat with unwashed hands the likelihood of those germs or bacteria finding their way into our stomachs is very high. So without hesitation of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), make it a point to wash your hands every time you plan to eat or drink something. This is to be done both before and after a meal or even munching on the odd snack or two. If you do not have access to water or soap a good option is to carry any alcohol based gel like a hand-sanitiser, which can be very useful to keep the hands germ free.

Avoid shakes and fruit drinks with un-purified water: This is mainly a practice to follow when travelling overseas to destinations in Asia, South East Asia, parts of South America and the Caribbean etc. or any place where the quality of water may be suspect. This is especially, the case when buying fruit drinks or shakes from street side vendors. We cannot be sure of the provenance of the water that is used and it could if nothing else it may leave you with a very upset tummy. If you are tempted only buy it from a hotel or stall that uses purified water (or at least has a water purifier installed), to ensure that it will not pose a health risk of any kind.   Same is the case for ice-creams or drinks that are consumed with ice.

Preferably opt for cooked food: If you are not too sure about the hygiene practices involved in the preparation of any food dish, make it a point to opt for cooked food. The benefit of having cooked is that when it cooked at a high temperature, boiled or fried most of the germs are destroyed.  Also when doubtful in places where generous use of fresh herbs is made, preferably ask the vendor to serve it without the herbs, unless you are sure that they are clean. And in hot areas avoid mayonnaise toppings where there is no apparent sign of a refrigeration unit.

Spice can be beneficial:  While this is controversial (with people for and against) the use of spices, if you are okay with a limited use of them have food that is semi-spicy. While there is no scientific evidence, it is alleged that spices like chillies help to destroy harmful gut bacteria. Similarly it is said the black pepper has medicinal benefits as well. Well the jury is certainly out on that!

Try to maximise the intake of yogurt: The body contains both good and bad bacteria within the gut. When there is a proliferation of harmful or bad bacteria in the digestive system it creates an imbalance and causes tummy upsets and infections among other ailments. Unpasteurised yogurt contains healthy bacteria that is excellent for the stomach and helps to keep the floral content in the stomach healthy. So if you are not too keen about yogurt, you need to change your perspective and increase its intake.  Another option is to consume drinks or food that is rich in probiotics that help to replenish the healthy bacteria in the stomach.

Look for freshly made food: If you do have to eat at an outdoor stall or restaurant then look for one where the dishes are freshly prepared and consumed. Avoid eating at a place where the item has been cooked and lying on a tray for an indefinite period of time. This is more so in countries with hot tropical climates where you are bound to find flies and insects swarming the area, which are a leading cause of disease.

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