Say no to exhaustion, illness and traveller’s tummy with our healthy travel tips
You encounter germs everywhere when you travel. Every plane comes with a passenger coughing and sneezing non-stop. Every tour bus is packed with luggage and thousands of germs. If you’re the adventurous type and choose exotic destinations, chances are the restaurant serving you foods that are too hard to pronounce comes with questionable levels of how cooked the meat is.
Travelling is an incredible experience, so you definitely want to make sure you’re staying healthy so you can enjoy it all. That means kicking the jetlag stat, avoiding the flu, and steering very clear of traveller’s tummy.
Don’t panic. We’ve got your back.
Here are our top healthy travel tips for you.
Immune booster supplements
Getting sick on the plane is too easy. You could be surrounded by a whole family sneezing and coughing, or just sitting there breathing in air that pushes the germs around the plane for the long hours of your trip. Whatever it is, your immune system has its work cut out for it!
That’s why making an effort to boost your immunity before flying is so important. It can help you avoid the bugs that like to hang out with you during your trip.
Seventy per cent of our immune system1 is in our digestive tract. And our digestive tract, is home to trillions of bacteria, also referred to as gut flora.
That gut flora is made up of good bacteria, bad bacteria, and yeast. When everything is in balance, the good bacteria keep the bad guys in check and the yeast under control for optimal digestive health and immunity.
So if gut flora matters so much when it comes to immunity, probiotics should be at the top of your list. Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in your digestive tract, and a few other places. When you supplement with them they help support the good guys, and promote healthy balanced gut flora, and overall intestinal health.
Try using probiotics for a couple weeks prior to your trip, and pack them in your luggage to use during your trip as well.
Beat the jetlag
Travelling across time zones leaves you feeling seriously upside down when it comes to day and night. The goal is to avoid sleeping away the day and stirring all hours of the night so you can actually get out and enjoy your trip.
For kicking jetlag, there’s melatonin. In our bodies, melatonin is a hormone that we naturally make. It helps to control our sleep and wake cycle.
Supplementing with melatonin can help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, so you can sleep longer. It also prevents the daytime fatigue and sleep disturbances that can come with jetlag leaving more time for you to explore your new destination.
Getting sick on your trip
Sometimes no matter how hard you try to prevent it; you still get sick. That’s why always packing something to help fight a cold is key. Our top picks for killing the cold when travelling are Echinacea and Bee Propolis.
Chances are you’ve already heard of Echinacea. It’s a purple coneflower used in herbal medicine to help fight respiratory infections and relieve cold symptoms. The best part though is that it can help reduce the duration of respiratory infections, putting time back on your side.
Bee Propolis is another supplement that’s great for when you’re feeling under the weather. It has anti-microbial properties that help to relieve sore throats and infections2. Bee propolis comes as a spray, tincture, or capsules, so it’s super easy to use anywhere you go.
Avoid Traveller’s Tummy
So you’ve kicked the jetlag, and you’ve crushed the cold and you’re almost home free on having the best trip of your life. There’s just one more bullet to dodge. The most dreaded traveller’s tummy!
Traveller’s tummy can include a whole bundle of delightful symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.
We know what you’re thinking. No thank you!
Avoiding traveller’s tummy means being proactive about the foods you eat and the water you drink while you’re away. If you’re travelling in a first world country, or staying in a well rated hotel, traveller’s diarrhea is less likely to plague you. But if you’re travelling to parts of the world where clean water isn’t always a standard and food storage and preparation may be questionable, you should be a little more careful.
Use these tips to help you avoid traveller’s tummy in regions where water and food purity may be an issue:
- Drink bottled water, and brush your teeth with it too!
- Always choose cooked foods over raw foods! – raw foods can often be rinsed with contaminated water, and cooking helps kill bacteria
- Order “no ice” – avoid drinking beverages that contain ice cubes likely made from tap water
- Choose fruit you can peel, so only your clean hands come into contact with the parts you eat
If you want to be extra careful, you could also bring something to purify water. Activated O is a great option for this. It’s a stabilized form of oxygen that helps to purify water by killing infectious bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli. You just drop 8-12 drops into 8 ounces of fluid. It’s super easy to use and discreet enough to bring with you to restaurants.
Transporting your supplements for travel
Supplements are best kept in cool a dry place to maintain the integrity of the capsule shell and the potency of the product. When you’re travelling, this isn’t always easy. Do your best to store them in a shaded cool area in the place that you’re staying to avoid direct sunlight.
When it comes to probiotics, the best probiotics for travel are shelf stable varieties that can withstand storage outside of the fridge for long periods of time.
Don’t panic if your supplements feel slightly warm at times in travel, short-term exposure to heat and humidity should not dramatically affect the quality of a products, so it’s definitely still beneficial to use them.
So there you have it! You’re set to avoid sleeping through your trip, coughing up a lung, or taking up residence in your hotel bathroom. Go pack your bags, and enjoy your trip!