Staff Spotlight – Vimala Kumar

Holidays With My ‘Doggy Nephew’!

As the only practitioner with no pet at home I sometimes feel a bit left out so this month I thought I’d share my sister-in-law’s very cute dog with you. In October I went to the US to visit my family and we had a fantastic time together with lots of laughter, cooking and talk time. My mother lives with my brother and his family so we manage to keep very busy and entertained without even leaving the house.

Improving Digestion while Traveling

Much as I love holidays and travel, I do recognise the impact on my digestion. It’s not that I get ill or anything, but it’s the subtle lack of energy and slight sense of discomfort that bothers me. Actually, I believe that what we call jet-lag and attribute to a change of time zone is more complex than that, so I have been working on ways to minimise the discomfort and reduce the impact. Most of them are common knowledge… but do you actually do them?

  • Stay hydrated. This is very important especially in a pressurised cabin and getting up to go to the bathroom is actually a good thing, too.
  • Eat well.  Airline food is often rich in carbohydrates, sugar and fats. Meals are often offered at frequent intervals, particularly on international flights.  Let your hunger dictate how often you eat, not boredom.  Favour items like fresh fruit if offered.
  • Herbs. Ask your practitioner about herbal supplements to help you avoid digestive-related travel issues.
  • Walk in airports. It can be difficult to keep moving on the plane, but make sure you take advantage of stop-overs to move around and get your blood circulating. This may ease any digestive issues you may be suffering from due to hours of inactivity on the plane.   

As you know, your digestive system is delicately balanced and easily affected. Take care of it while travelling and you’ll feel better during and after your holiday.

Related Reading:
Jet Lag
Digestive Disorders