Whether you are planning on going a bit further afield this year or staying closer to home we are all sure to be over indulging in food and drink and possibly trying new delicacies. Whilst this can be fun and exciting it can often lead to stomach upsets, feeling bloated and uncomfortable or in worst cases constipation or diarrhoea.

Ensuring we have a healthy digestive system before we go on holiday will help to reduce the likelihood of feeling unwell whilst on your well-deserved break. Consuming foods that will help promote the growth of good bacteria along the gut wall to stop the bad bacteria getting through and causing infection. This will also help keep our digestive system ticking along nicely and keep us nice and regular.

Foods such as asparagus, garlic, leek, onion and artichoke are good sources to help promote the growth of good bacteria however if we ensure we consume the recommendation of five fruit and vegetables per day this will also help ensure the growth of good bacteria and provide us with good sources of fibre as well as consuming whole grain foods such as brown bread, pasta and rice.