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My Travel Tips to staying fabulous from the inside

So, while we covered the necessities of basic travel bag content in the previous articles, there is another critical step in avoiding a holiday abroad unforgettable for the wrong reasons: a visit to the doctor to find out what vaccines you may need depending on your desired destination.iStock-000017522773Small

Even more important is to do this with sufficient time in advance rather than right before hopping on the plane, because most vaccines take up to 2 weeks to start working. Also, some may require repeat shots, such as the anti-rabies or the anti-hepatitis A ones.

Keep your urge of going wild for the adrenaline inducing activities you can join while on the road rather than for the hospital induced experiences you may have to live through if you chose to live life on the edge by not vaccinating before traveling.

Also, it is very good to keep in mind that only a part of the possible diseases which you could end up with can be prevented by vaccination. Should you have any long term or chronic illnesses you better discuss it with your doctor and prepare any needed medication you may need to carry with you.

When traveling overseas, the more exotic the place, the higher the probability that the water quality and food hygiene standards are very different than back home. Add to that a variety of local ingredients your body hasn’t been exposed to previously. So no matter how careful you are with your personal hygiene and how often you wash your hands, you will most probably end up enjoying episodes of the unpleasant gastroenterological troubles, some mild but others pretty aggressive.

In order to stay on top of it, many seasoned tourists will carry upon them some sort of preventive medication at all time – something along the lines of Smecta or Loperamids. Sometimes even some type of antibiotics or medicine against bacterial infections, too.

However, while this may be helping as a quick fix, there are several drawbacks from where I stand:

It is a medicine and this may not get along well with the alcohol you may be consuming while on vacation, testing unnecessarily the patience and strength of your liver.

They may have limited effect: during our trip to Indonesia couple of months back, my significant other insisted on not using the natural remedies I had in my bag. Which meant that few days into our trip he ended up taking his tablets 3 times a day. And had to know his surroundings at all times – meaning where the nearest toilet was for him to make a quick escape in case the medicine would cease to have effect unexpectedly. Basically, his derriere was either on fire or totally glued down for few hours after each tablet.

Indonesia04Me, meanwhile, I chose a different content for my well being: drinking pure Aloe Vera gel every morning on an empty stomach, followed by garlic supplements. Without the less aromatic consequences of consuming loads of fresh garlic, I made sure I could still benefit from the boost to my immune system by this powerful antioxidant; while allowing the Aloe to do its bit in fighting inflammations, help boosting the immune system and improve the function of and the general condition of the gut. Which meant no desperate need to make a run for it unexpectedly, too.


And no matter how crazy you may be about the local variety of fruits and fresh vegetables, some days you may just not feel you could take one more bite of the dragon fruit. And the weather is so damn hot that while you know you need nutrition, you cannot make yourself eat anything heavy. Or, you may have wandered so far off the beaten path that any half-decent feeding establishment may not be within your reach and having a welcoming dish from a warm smiling local is not an option. Either ways, in such cases a major savior is the protein cocktail: it can be mixed with anything, from simple water to coconut water or milk or soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc. I am carrying one package of this powder with me in my small backpack when traveling and it have come handy more than once.

Indonesia croppedHowever, regardless of how well prepared you are and how careful you are, at some point during your trip you are bound to relax and go with the flow. Which may bring also less pleasant consequences, like a nasty sunburn. So, a quick remedy as I also found out from all the massage and beauty salons that are populating the touristic side of Bali coasts, is the same magical Aloe Vera: this time in its topical format. IMG_1949


Besides it anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, the Aloe topical gel soothes and calms irritation. It should be part of your first-aid kit and you should apply it generously both on bruised skin due to more rough activities or on sunburns as nasty as mine. Pack some and you won’t regret it!

Have a fantastic trip and make loads of memories!



Children are our forever superstars

We always give them our love; still, somehow around special occasions like Christmas or summer vacation they get more spoiled than ever.

Summer vacation is the time to reconnect and relax with family, to recreate favourite childhood memories and make new ones together. Do you see your family lying on a beach or around a resort pool, hiking mountain trails, learning history from a national park ranger, exploring a new city, being thrilled by an exotic adventure or a daring new theme park ride?

Here are some of the things that we also try for starting our children’s healthy summer habits that don’t necessarily mean going bankrupted over the summer.

Limit mobile phone, TV and computer time. Especially when the beautiful weather outside means there is absolutely no reason why the children should not be out there.

Estonia04Plan a time with them to get out of the house for walks, trips to the park or other physical activities. Baltics have an abundance of state parks that are outstanding options for fitness activities for families. From parks with tracks for the very energetic ones like the Tarzan Park in Sigulda, Latvia, to the ones who enjoy a more leisurely rest. Find a park close by and get going.  The picture here is from our last summer trip to Saaremaa in Estonia.

Consider extending the amount of time you and your child spend being active each day. Fitness experts say children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Walk or ride bikes together. Play badminton or beach football together. Trying simple games such as racing, jumping rope, skipping, or playing tag or hide-and-seek will get you and your kids moving together, and remind yourself how much fun playing can be. Especially when there are no other kids around to play with and your little one suffers from being lonely, you could try into their play mate for a while.

trees1Walking and moving freely is the very first adventure in children’s life. Give them the freedom to roam unrestricted within the safe territory you set, even climbing trees if they fancy so. They learn to master the movement through long practice and with patience, but also with bruises and other small injuries. They cannot be avoided, but Aloe First makes sure that your little baby’s skin recovers quickly and regenerates after each bruise. It’s been a saviour for me from tending to small bruises to brushing unruly and entangled hair.

All cloths and sports equipment deserve equal attention. How else can they be ready for tomorrow’s adventures your little hero will take them on? This highly concentrated formula often only takes a few drops to get the job done. Besides clean clothes, MDP X2 is also very kind to your children’s skin, without any potentially damaging chemicals.

Healthy habits are particularly important in the summer months, when kids are out of school. Their days are less structured, and they’re more likely to eat junk food.

Eating dinner together as a family is one thing many of us will always remember dearly from our childhood. Have your child help with dinner or make a healthy menu that you prepare. Use healthier cooking options such as roasting or steaming instead of frying. Add one new vegetable each week. Limit foods and drinks high in calories and sugar. Provide easy access to fruits instead. No day should pass without fresh fruits and veggies should be your mantra.

Consider rewarding your kids for making healthy choices by giving them treats such as stickers, badges, or a picture book or coloring book instead of sweets.

And a drink of FOREVER ALOE BITS N’PEACHES can only help in boosting immune system resistance so that the little hero can roam unrestricted. And besides the multitude of benefits that Aloe gel has, the addition of peaches provides carotenoids – valuable as antioxidants and a source of vitamin A. My elder one has her own ritual every morning to ensure a good start of the day.

And when the child comes running into your arms and hugs you tight, you want to see their bright eyes and their beautiful heart melting smile.

pagina-161Aloe Vera has long been treasured for its quality and versatility – including dental care. My child’s teeth gleam with Forever Bright®, free from fluoride and one of the best tooth gels on the market. Years of research, development and collaboration with scholars and dentists have provided Forever Living with the optimum Aloe-based formula for effective cleaning. Your entire family will love the flavour and the clean mouth-feel, too.

Regardless of your summer plans, in our Forever family children have the chance to a harmonious development, staying healthy and protected thanks to our products, so that they can enjoy most cherished moments childhood holds.