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Say no to exhaustion, illness and traveler's tummy with our healthy travel tips.

Travelling is an incredible experience, so you want to make sure you’re staying as healthy as possible so you can enjoy it all. That means kicking the jetlag, avoiding sickness, and steering very clear of traveler's tummy.

Don’t panic. We’ve got your back. Here are our top healthy travel tips for you.

Take Immune-boosting supplements

Whether during travel, or at your destination, your immune system has its work cut out for it.

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. 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract. It hosts 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 good bacteria that live in your digestive tract and a few other places. They help support the good guys and promote a healthily balanced gut flora, and overall intestinal health.

What we recommend:

Try our Probiotic + Prebiotic Powder, available in convenient sachets. Take it daily prior to travel and pack in your carryon to use during your trip as well.

Vitamin C and immune-boosters are also key. Try taking our Instant C Effervescent tablets to give your system a powerful dose of this super antioxidant which works to remove pathogens and germs in your body. Add vitamin D and zinc for extra immune protection with our Instant C, D, Zinc Immunity Effervescent.

Organika's Probiotic + Prebiotic Powder on a table with a glass of water and a book

Beat the jetlag

Travelling across time zones leaves you feeling 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 L-Theanine and Magnesium. L-Theanine and Magnesium Bisglycinate 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. For falling asleep, melatonin is a natural sleep aid that can enhance drowsiness to actually fall asleep. Another sleep support supplement is Gaba which enhances the duration and quality of sleep.

What we recommend:

Enhanced Collagen Relax to help take the edge off and de-stress without drowsiness. Also enjoy the benefits of collagen at the same time.

Enhanced Collagen Sleep, with Gaba and Melatonin, to induce a deep sleep at night.

Note: one of the benefits of regular use of collagen is gut health.

Organika's Enhanced Collagen Relax with a coffee and a candle beside a bath

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 pick for killing the cold when travelling is Bee Propolis. Bee Propolis is a supplement that’s great for when you’re feeling under the weather. It has anti-microbial properties that help to relieve sore throats and infections.

What we recommend:

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 traveler’s tummy.

Traveller’s tummy can include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting, all of which can ruin a vacation. Avoiding traveler’s tummy means being proactive about the foods you eat and the water you drink while you’re away.

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

What we recommend:

Digest Relief helps to alleviate digestive upset including lack of appetite, nausea and indigestion and conveniently available in capsule form.

Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes helps the body to digest and metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein. This is great for when you are eating foods you don’t normally eat.

Organika's Digest Relief in a hand bag

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. Non-transparent containers are best.

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 products, so it’s still beneficial to use them.

So there you have it! You’re set to be restful, build your immunity, or supporting your tummy and gut health.

Go pack your bags, and enjoy your trip!

 

REFERENCES

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515351/
http://farmadec.it/studi-clinici/pollidec/4.pdf
Vitamin C and Immune Function - PubMed (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29099763/.gov)

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