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4 Jul

Newspaper article highlights leisure sickness

An article published by a leading British newspaper has shed light on why people tend to get ill during their holidays, putting it down to a phenomenon known as ‘leisure sickness’.

An article published by a leading British newspaper has shed light on why people tend to get ill during their holidays

An article published by a leading British newspaper has shed light on why people tend to get ill during their holidays

From a migraine which lasts for a day or two, to a week in bed with a nasty traveller’s tummy, these are all issues that commonly affect holidaymakers all over the world. Fortunately, they can all be covered through your medical travel insurance package.

Published in The Mirror, the article by Caroline Jones states that in order to overcome the issue of leisure sickness, it is important to understand its causes. One theory behind why our immune system struggles is down to the sudden change in lifestyle we experience when going abroad, with the levels of hormones such as adrenaline –usually serving to ward off infections – depleting when we being to relax.

Caused by sudden change in lifestyle

Philip Calder, professor of nutritional immunology at Southampton University, is a believer of this theory, adding that this alteration is made even more severe by the introduction of unfamiliar bacteria or viruses when we reach our destination. Add to this the potential increase of alcohol consumption, eating unhealthy food and getting sunburnt, it’s hardly surprising that many of us start to feel under the weather.

One way of ensuring this doesn’t occur is through the through preparation for your holiday by eating well and catching up with sleep. It’s also believed that taking particular vitamins and probiotic supplements can also put you in good stead.

It’s news which is likely to interest those looking forward to their holidays this summer, and while they may already have peace of mind thanks to their over 50s travel insurance cover, preventing leisure sickness will undoubtedly help them enjoy their trip.

Image Credit: Shannon Kringen (Flickr.com)

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