5 Tips for Safe and Healthy Travels

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Vacations should be a time of rest, relaxation and adventure. For too many travelers, they’re anything but. A double whammy of stress and anxiety on top of an already compromised immune system is a formula for disaster, sending many jet-setters home sick as dogs. Fortunately, a few essential items are all you need for a safe and healthy getaway. Be prepared for the inevitable with these five health and safety tips:
Bring a first aid kit. While you can’t guard against all accidents, you can foresee the minor surprises with some degree of probability. Have something handy to relieve headaches, diarrhea and insect bites. Your “just in case” kit should also have bandages and plenty of antihistamines. You might not know that you’re allergic to certain plants or insects until it’s too late.
Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands often, especially before eating, to ward off germs and viruses. Rely on hand sanitizer when there is no running water available. Use wet wipes to make sure the surfaces you touch frequently are kept as clean as possible.
Beware of pests. Check the seams of your mattress, cracks and crevices of the headboard, nightstand and drawers for critters or droppings. To prevent bed bugs from coming home with you, EcoSmart Technologies (www.ecosmart.com) offers a travel-size bed bug killer and repellant with natural ingredients.
“The pest control industry is trending toward using stronger products to treat bed bugs because these pests have developed resistance to some of the current chemicals,” says Steve Bessette, bed bug prevention expert. “EcoSmart incorporates over 15 years of science into a completely natural, safe and — most importantly — effective line of pest control products.”
Stay hydrated. In a plane or on the road, it’s important to stay hydrated while in transit to prevent achy muscles and deep vein thrombosis. At your destination, rely on bottled water for hydration to ward off various bacteria, viruses and other parasites that can cause diarrhea. If you need to use tap water, pack purification tablets just to be safe.
Remember your smartphone. It’s a guidebook, GPS, Internet connection, dictionary, camera, alarm clock and restaurant-business-movie theater-gas station-and more locator. It’s also a phone that can be used for emergencies anywhere you are. Don’t forget to pack yours in case of emergencies.

Simple Tips to Control Irritable Bowel Syndrome

As many as 50 million Americans suffer from the cramping, bloating, constipation, abdominal pain and diarrhea that go along with Irritable
Bowel Syndrome. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, the digestive disorder mainly targets women: Between 60 and 65 percent of sufferers are female.

Despite the overwhelming number of Americans affected, there is no cure for IBS. But while no magic pill exists, the best way to treat IBS symptoms is through tried-and-true methods of healthy eating, exercise, and stress management. Here are 5 simple ways to ease your suffering:

5 Tips for IBS Relief

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As many as 50 million Americans suffer from the cramping, bloating, constipation and diarrhea that go along with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, the digestive disorder mainly targets women: Between 60 and 65 percent of sufferers are female.
Despite the overwhelming number of Americans affected, there is no cure for IBS. But while no magic pill exists, the best way to treat IBS symptoms is through tried-and-true methods of healthy eating, exercise, and stress management. Here are five simple ways to ease your suffering:
Keep a food diary. Many people find that their signs and symptoms worsen when they eat certain foods. For instance, chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhea. Keeping a food diary for a few weeks may be a good way to find out if a food bothers you. Record what you eat and what your symptoms are. If you notice a pattern or think a food makes you feel worse, don’t eat it.
Fiber up. Increasing fiber into your diet may help improve how your intestines work. The key is to do it slowly: Some people feel bloated and have gas if they increase their fiber intake too quickly. The best way to increase your fiber intake is to eat a wide variety of high-fiber foods like beans, oatmeal, popcorn and whole-wheat bread.
Manage your stress. Many IBS sufferers feel that stress seems to trigger IBS episodes. Identify certain events or situations that bring on symptoms, and develop ways of dealing with these situations. An activity like yoga or hypnosis can provide a break from stressful situations, and psychiatrists and psychologists can provide additional methods for coping with stress.
Get moving. A recent report in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that IBS sufferers who did moderate activity three to five times per week for 20 to 30 minutes a session experienced greater symptom relief.
Add a supplement. For most patients, the best therapy for IBS is the most simple. A recent study in the British Medical Journal found that peppermint oil was the most effective therapy for IBS, providing relief for 40 percent of patients. The dietary supplement Complete Relief has harnessed the power of peppermint, creating softgels that effectively relieve discomfort. Complete Relief stands out from other peppermint products because of its “controlled-release” coating that ensures the full dose is not released until the softgel has entered your digestive tract. This is where gas and bloating occur and where Complete Relief begins to work.
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