Anyways, my skin started breaking out, I got sunburnt (thanks goodness just a little), and of course, contributed to the WorldWide Blood Bank for mosquitoes. On top of that, my throat started hurting, and my eyes kept watering up and itching for reasons unknown to me, and my nose needed a leash.
I was SICK.
And this really worried me. HOW AM I GOING TO RIDE AROUND TAIWAN ON A SCOOTER IF I AM SNEEZING ALL THE WAY?!?!
This post, then, is a tip for myself, and everyone of you out there, on How To Stay Holiday Healthy!
Load up on Vitamins.
Take your Vitamin Cs, your As, Bs, Ds, Fs, and Gs because your body needs that extra help to keep those viruses at bay.
Consider other options.
If you feel yourself getting a little sick, use natural remedies like Echinacea, Turmeric, Manuka Honey, etc. Don't start hitting those drugs yet. The reason why I say this, is because I feel that (and this is entirely personal opinion) medication like paracetamol suppresses your symptoms. You may feel like you're immediately better, and end up straining your body even more because you don't feel the sickness kick in. So even though your body needs the rest, it's not getting any, and you may end up feeling even worse by the time your holiday is here.
Get enough sleep.
Can't say this any more. Sleep is important. Sleep more.
Can't say this any more either. Drink the water, drink the water, drink the water.
Get your necessary jabs.
Though it isn't exactly necessary, it'll be good to get your vaccines. Lucky for us living in Singapore, the schools have taken care of most of that. Some other jabs you can consider taking is the Hep A vaccine. Hep A is contagious and prevalent in certain countries. Well, better to be safe than sorry!
Avoid insect bites.
This can happen even in sunny Singapore, and we all know the diseases we can get from a simple mosquito bite. Dengue fever, malaria... Let's not go into details about the other insects and what their bites can do. Thus, remember to spray on the repellant like there's no tomorrow! You can also consider using mosquito patches, which I've found has been rather effective. Though I'm not sure they keep other insects away.
Best insect repellants I've found so far:
- Heavy Duty Gel that can be purchased from any store in the Army Market at Beach Road. Just say "auntie, I want to buy the insect repellant".
- NON Sweet-smelling repellants. The sweet smell sometimes keeps moquitoes away, but attracts other insects. Therefore, forget about smelling good.
- A friend who's really good at swatting flies.
This is common sense. Be careful of what you eat. Food poisoning is caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Foods most likely to cause this condition are those that have not been thoroughly heated or that have been left out at room temperature.
Obviously, you can reduce your risk of getting sick by following good food and water hygiene practices.
If you DO get it though, drink regularly to avoid dehydration. Isotonic drinks also help alot by replacing what your body is losing when you have the runs.
You should also bring along some Pochai Pills, just in case. They work Wonders.
But don't spend your entire holiday trying to hide under shadows of buildings, trees, traffic lights, and your travel buddies. Put on some sensible sunblock, and go ahead and have your fun!
What is "sensible sunblock"? Well, not many know this, but no sunblock is capable of blocking off the rays 100%, and the numbers behind the three letters SPF... well, it's doesn't quite work the way you think it does. Therefore, there is no reason to go for the HIGHEST SPF without considering the other factors. To keep it simple, generally,
- Find a sunblock that is labeled "broad spectrum," which means that it protects from both the sun's UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause wrinkling and aging of the skin, while UVB rays cause sunburn, but both UVA and UVB cause skin cancer. It is best to be protected from both, however, many sunblocks only protect against UVB rays.
- Consider choosing a sunblock that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These ingredients are able to reflect UV rays so that they are not absorbed by your skin. They have been shown to be safe and effective ingredients in preventing negative effects of the sun.
- Re-apply REGULARLY. When you are in the sun, you are likely to sweat. When you sweat, you are likely to wipe off the sweat. When you wipe off the sweat, you are likely to be wiping off your sunblock as well. Therefore, re-applying regularly will ensure that you're well covered.
Remember to get your fruit in.
When on holiday we sometimes get so carried away with having fun that we forget about ourselves. Dehydration and heat stroke are the most common threats in hot weather since the body loses salts and essential minerals through sweat. Cold weather may cause dehyration as well because people generally don't feel thirsty when cold. They then forego drinking and may end up dehydrated. While water may quench the thirst, it does not give you instant energy nor does it replace the lost minerals. Fruit is made up of about 80% water, thus, not only gives respite to your parched throats, but also serves as a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Moral of the story: When at a hotel buffet breakfast, ATTACK THE FRUIT BAR!
Well, seems like that's pretty much all I can think of for now. Here's wishing you a happy vacation, wherever you're intending on going!
As for me? Back to itinerary planning... ... ... ...