CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

Festival Survival Guide

PUBLISHED: 15:47 10 July 2014

Nutrition Centre recommend festival-goers follow some basic tips to avoid feeling worse-for-wear / Photo: Alen Popov

Nutrition Centre recommend festival-goers follow some basic tips to avoid feeling worse-for-wear / Photo: Alen Popov

ALEN POPOV

Cheltenham-based natural health store Nutrition Centre shares hot tips for recuperating after a long festive weekend

Festivals are so much fun - fantastic bands, uplifting community spirit, amazing times with friends, getting back to nature and hopefully lots of sun!

But what festival-goers often forget till the party’s over is that festivals can run you down and leave you severely depleted. So to help people avoid festival burn-out this summer, we’ve created a Festival Survival Guide, sharing hot tips for recovering after a long festive weekend.

Clare Galpin, Director of Nutrition Centre, said: “Festivals are the perfect opportunity to get outdoors, get away from it all and embrace the wild spirit of summer, soaking up wonderful music and dancing into the early hours. And with more than a hundred exciting festivals to choose from in the UK this summer, for many these festive fields of play will be a regular weekend stomping ground in the brighter months ahead.

“However, festivals can really put your body through its paces – relentless activity, partying late into the night, lack of sleep, too much sun, not eating properly - all these things tend to take their toll. Returning home when the party’s over, it can suddenly all catch up with you. With your immune system severely depleted, you can feel worn out, worse for wear, and be susceptible to ulcers, colds and bugs, so we’ve created this Festival Survival Guide to help you avoid festival burn-out.”

1. Hydration

Firstly, take care to rehydrate your skin. Prolonged exposure to sun and drinking lots of alcohol can leave you dehydrated, so make sure you apply plenty of nourishing lotion to your skin. For a completely natural choice, Nutrition Centre recommends Green People After Sun which combines aloe vera with calendula, corn mint and chamomile to calm and cool your skin as well as moisturise; it’s a good idea to take this with you to festivals in addition to a natural sunscreen so at the end of each day you can rehydrate your skin and are less likely to get burnt.

It’s not just your skin that will suffer from dehydration, the rest of your body will need a helping hand too. So drinking plenty of water is vital, and if you want an extra boost, include some hydration tablets in your water.

2. Detoxing

Drinking too much alcohol over a festival can leave us feeling sluggish, tired, and bloated, so taking a Milk Thistle complex is a great way to support your body on the road to recovery, helping relieve the symptoms of any over indulgence on food and drink.

3. Exercise

Taking some gentle exercise after a festival is a great way to sweat out toxins, get re-grounded after all the relentless festivity and re-harmonise mind, body and spirit. Don’t do anything too strenuous as you may still be dehydrated, but yoga, pilates and swimming would all help.

4. Quality bath time

During rainier times when festivals get really muddy, it can be rejuvenating to spend some quality time in the bathroom when you get home. Have a luxurious bath or shower, and treat yourself to a detoxing face mask, such as Tomatoes Clear Skin Mask, which purifies the skin whilst moisturising it at the same time.

And don’t forget to give your feet a treat! We tend to spend a lot of time on our feet at festivals which can be very wearying. So post shower/bath, you could try giving your feet a soak with a few drops of essential oils in the water; peppermint is a great choice as it will be reviving and cooling. And then using a soothing foot balm will be a sure way to leave your feet feeling refreshed and revived.

5. Food for the immune system

Fast food is standard fare at festivals – so your five a day are likely to be lacking unless you come prepared or make amends after the event. You can boost your energy and immune system levels by eating foods high in vitamins B and C – such as tomatoes, sunflower seeds, spinach, broccoli, carrots, yoghurt and wholegrain bread. Plenty of vegetables and fruit is essential for recovery, eat more than your five a day and drink lots of fruit juice. Home-made smoothies are an ideal way to get a full combination of fruity goodness all in one go. Bananas are great to snack on as they are naturally high in sugars while strawberries are good for boosting the detox enzymes in your liver. You can also boost your green food intake with Pukka Clean Greens - packed full of antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamins, trace minerals and enzymes, used daily they can help strengthen your whole body.

6. Sleep!

Be sure to allow yourself a few quiet nights in to catch up on sleep. A cup of chamomile tea before bed will help you wind down ready for a long night’s kip.

So enjoy a fantastic festival summer – taking a few careful measures after and between festivals will keep you healthy and vital and your battery fully charged so you can enjoy it all and survive the aftermath!

This guide was written by Nutrition Centre, based in Cheltenham. Nutriotion Centre offers an eclectic range of quality vitamins, minerals, supplements and remedies, ethically sourced from around the world. For more information visit www.nutritioncentre.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Mon, 13:09

Veganism is the latest food trend to hit the Cotswolds but it’s something we can all enjoy a bite of

Read more
Mon, 09:13

Alleviate the stress of hectic Christmas preparation and endless shopping trips with a festive afternoon tea in one of these gorgeous Cotswold settings

Read more
Friday, December 7, 2018

Find a fabulous gift for everyone with Whatley Manor’s monetary vouchers.

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The hotel in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire is offering free lunch or afternoon tea for the first ten that book for December 19

Read more
Monday, December 3, 2018

A perfect gift where rest and relaxation is required.

Read more
Monday, December 3, 2018

Applications are now open for a new competition that will give people from Gloucestershire the chance to see their food and drink products or ideas appear on supermarket shelves across the county

Read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dark and chilly winter evenings are perfect for huddling in the corner of a country pub with friends, catching up over beer and supper. The Cotswolds have cosy pubs aplenty – here are 12 of our favourite places to go...

Read more
Monday, November 26, 2018

The most famous Bangladeshi restaurant is celebrating an anniversary

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Amid the season of turkey and tinsel Whatley Manor are throwing in a festive curveball, an evening of lobster, fizz & fries!

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wine Wednesday’s with Vintopia of Tetbury.

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Festive a la carte menu launches in Grey’s Brasserie from 26th November.

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Whether you’re after something for an adults’ stocking filler, a little something while you slave over the turkey dinner or a tipple to enjoy with your festive party guests, we pick 9 drinks from the Cotswolds you need to try this Christmas

Read more
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

If we can continue to show our support for talented and industrious jam-makers like these, we might just pull our favourite preserve out of the sticky situation it’s supposed to be in!

Read more
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘If its autumn in Gloucestershire, then it must be time for Apple Day when we celebrate cider’

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search