Rules for a Happy Healthy Holiday

It’s that time of the year with Easter and school holidays almost upon us that lots of people start taking the first holiday abroad of the year. Here are some great tips from Dr. Oz to ensure you stay well on your trip.

Eat Your Reds

And yellows and oranges. The pigments in certain brightly coloured fruits and vegetables (from watermelon to carrots)can actually protect your skin while you’re having fun in the sun. A 2010 study published in the British Journal of Dermatology showed that the antioxidant lycopene, found in various red-tinted produce, helps shield cells from DNA damage caused by the sun’s UV rays.Start eating warm colours now to get a better protective effect on vacation.

Make Regular Pit Stops

Many people associate deep vein thrombosis—blood clots that can form in the legs during extended periods of inactivity—with long airplane flights. But DVT is a threat during long car trips, too. Whether you’re in the air or on the ground, take a brief walk (down the aisle or at a rest stop) every two hours to keep your blood flowing smoothly.

Sip Coconut Water

Dehydration is a common side effect of vacations, thanks to tropical climates, summer heat, and the sweating that goes with them. To refuel on electrolytes (the essential minerals that keep your body’s fluids in balance), drink a bottle of coconut water. A new study shows that it rehydrates the body just as well as a specially formulated sports drink, without all the added sugars, preservatives, and artificial colours.

Toast Your Trip

I know that fruity, blended cocktails are like vacation in a glass. But a piña colada has about the same number of calories as a McDonald’s hamburger. Red wine is a healthier option; studies suggest that a glass a day may actually protect against weight gain. Resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of grapes, and other components of red wine have been shown to block the cellular processes that enable fat cells to grow. I’ll drink to that.

Article taken in part from Mehmet Oz, MD, is the host of The Dr. Oz Show check local listings.


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