Monday, 8 July 2013


You don’t have to be on holiday to have tummy troubles – but it certainly seems to be an issue! What is going on? Well for starters, our immune system is used to dealing with bacterial or viral challenges on a regular basis, but when we travel we may encounter different or possibly more pathogenic strains than we have at home. A change of food may also upset a sensitive tummy, and as well as traveller’s diarrhoea people may also suffer from bloating or discomfort. Local water supplies are another cause of upsets so always follow the advice in relation to drinking and using water in the area you are travelling to. Tap water may be fine at home, but you ought to switch to bottled water in more exotic parts of the world! Not that you need to go abroad to get a gippy tummy of course, we have plenty of opportunity to suffer at home as well – barbecue, anyone?

The balance of gut flora is intrinsically linked with immunity, so ensuring a positive balance of beneficial gut bacteria will give your immune system a fighting chance of beating off the majority of opportunistic pathogens. At Elixir, we always recommend you take a high potency probiotic supplement before you travel, and we are particularly enthusiastic about Quest’s Mega 8. This product has a wide combination of strains, making it particularly effective in your gut. It is also a very high strength at 30 billion organisms, which is just what you need to stay on top of things. You should continue to take your probiotics while you are travelling, so it is good to know that Mega 8 has been freeze dried and is therefore stable at higher temperatures – no need to refrigerate! The blister packs are also nice and easy to pack, with no chance of broken glass in your luggage. You may not have thought about it, but you will also find your tummy so much [flatter] when taking probiotics since it removes problems with bloating. Always a bonus in the summer!

My holiday check list always includes a probiotic to reduce the chance of falling prey to any lurking bugs, and I also pack vitamin C as its antihistamine action helps reduce the discomfort of prickly heat. A digestive enzyme supplement can also be helpful if the all-inclusive buffet is too hard to resist! Aloe vera gel and lavender oil are great to combat any sunburn or pesky insect bites. It’s good to know that there are no known interactions or side effects from taking this supplement, but as always see your doctor first if you take other medication and you are concerned. 

To buy this product click on the following link: Quest Mega 8 Biotix. If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help.

By Randi Henderson
Elixir Health Foods

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