Anyone who travels wants to experience many exciting things – while naturally also staying healthy, even if they have long passed the mathematical half-way mark in their life. There should be nothing to stop you from enjoying your holidays with the information and tips on the following pages!
The tourism industry has long discovered what are known as “best agers”. Gone are the times when the over 50s preferred to stay at home as travelling was too stressful, too dangerous, or simply too expensive. Today, the market is full of offers that are specially tailored to the needs of older people – which absolutely does not mean that only quiet bus trips or spa holidays are on offer. Sophisticated concepts and dedicated medical supervision per travel group even enable those who are no longer as physically fit as they once were to discover foreign countries and cultures.
No longer having to lug your own heavy luggage around, having barrier-free access to accommodation and being able to enjoy circulation-boosting treatments are particular conveniences of “senior trips” – whereby the name of the travel destination, from Paris and Brazil to the African national parks, sometimes seems a little inappropriate. The demands on comfort, safety and experience are justifiably high. Good providers are those for whom a contact person is easy to reach even during planning, those who cater individually to special requirements, such as a special diet, and who make sure a personal travel supervisor is available at the holiday destination at all times in the event of questions or problems.
Anyone who deceives themselves into believing that they are just as physically able to go on an adventure holiday as they were two or three decades ago may cause themselves and their travel companions a great deal of holiday frustration – for instance, if there are a lot of steps to be climbed every day at the travel destination and their painful knees or hips dampen the mood. You’re also not doing yourself any favours by travelling to tropical climate zones if you already suffer from cardiovascular problems. And a mountain hike can be not only strenuous but even life-threatening if you overestimate yourself.
But there is no need to worry: friends and acquaintances, travel agents and, naturally, the Internet know an endless array of holiday destinations that are worth discovering and are also suitable for people with physical disabilities – by the sea as well as in the mountains, in the warm south and in the clear air of the north.
Medicinal mushrooms for your first-aid kit
The most common little ailments when travelling – and how you can combat them with medicinal mushrooms
Many people become a little queasy when they have to get on a plane. Cordyceps can be very helpful in such cases; ideally, you begin taking it a few days before you travel.
Reishi – which should not be taken at the same time – is an alternative option. People react in very different ways, so you should see which mushroom has the best effect.
Upset stomach due to foreign food
Our digestive system is placed under particular strain when travelling as it often comes into contact with foods that are completely unfamiliar to us. People with a sensitive stomach notice this in the form of slight upper epigastric pain, and diarrhoea or constipation often also occur. Reishi is generally recommended in these cases as it stimulates the production of digestive juices due to its high content of bitter substances. It can be taken without hesitation with every meal during a trip as a preventative measure.
Hericium can be recommended to provide support where required, as it has a rapid soothing effect on the stomach for many people.
In the event of a gastrointestinal infection due to germ-laden food, Shiitake can stabilise the digestive system and strengthen the intestinal flora.
Women, in particular, increasingly suffer from cystitis on holiday. As enticing as the water at a warm holiday home looks: the germ load in many pools is high, and even bathing in the sea puts strain on the urinary tract, which reacts sensitively to cool temperatures. This is why it is essential to change your bathing suit after swimming and make sure you keep your abdomen and kidney area warm.
Polyporus is an expert when it comes to cystitis, so it should be included in any first-aid kit if you know you are prone to unpleasant infections.
Insect bites and sunburn
The Rescue Cream made from Bach flowers is an acutely effective product for external application. Insect bites in foreign countries always pose the risk of transmitting illnesses. Reishi is suitable to be taken as a preventive measure, starting 14 days before you travel, as it activates the immune system in a particularly lasting way. In addition, it inhibits the release of histamine – this tissue hormone is crucially involved in the symptoms, such as swelling and itching.
Wherever possible, sunburn should be prevented by taking suitable measures such as protective clothing and high-quality sunscreen. However, if it does occur, Coriolus versicolor can be of assistance as it has a good effect on skin health in general and is also used with great success in radiotherapy.
People with weak veins should make targeted preparations for longer journeys, particularly by aeroplane. The risk of a blood clot forming should not be underestimated. Drinking a lot of water during the journey is the most important element in prevention and also supports the circulatory function as a whole. You should also stand up regularly or move your legs when sitting. A doctor can advise on whether support stockings may be of help. Auricularia has a positive influence on vein health and should be taken from 14 days before a flight.