Nutrit. supplements on holidays
As a large proportion of the population now use vitamins, mineral, homeopathic or herbal supplements, here are some suggestions on how to plan your requirements. (For more specific detail on supplements refer to mature traveller membership page in the next issue).
There are so many formulas available and you may well be taking an extra suitcase along with you and have fun explaining to a customs officer what the various pills are or what that magical white powder is.
1. Keep it simple.
2. Don't overload your luggage - things can get broken
3. Take a letter from your healthcare professional listing your supplements.
4. Consider your daily program and convenience of taking any supplements (e.g. tablet/liquid/powder).
5. Make sure your doctor is aware of what you take to avoid any contradictions.
6. Take only enough for your trip.
7. Consider the following:
a) Your everyday maintenance for existing needs.
b) Special precautions for countries travelled e.g. food, air, water, and diseases.
c) Unforeseen problems, like infections, skin, bowels, pain (accidents) etc.