Pack All-Natural to Ensure Good Health While Traveling This Summer
While travelling can be enjoyable, it does take a toll on the body as jet lag, mild dehydration, lack of sleep, a change in diet and exposure to pathogens chip away at your immune system and good health while traveling. According to travel advice by writer Jack Challem for NaturalGrocers.com, the healthiest way to travel - regardless of where you are going - is to go natural while applying the Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared” with the added “Expect the Unexpected.”
One example of “expect the unexpected” happens every year during summer vacations according to news reports when family members unknowingly make contact with a little known wildflower that can damage a person’s skin for years!
To achieve this level of preparedness, NaturalGrocers.com recently provided a traveler’s toolkit with a focus on natural supplements and food to help readers pick and choose the items they might need on their next trip. The following is a summary of their pack-natural recommendations:
1. Pack just enough of your daily vitamins (plus an added day or two’s worth) in small pill bags to take with you at all times in your carry-on luggage so that it does not wind up lost with your luggage and thereby unavailable.
2. Eat a generous high protein breakfast on the first day of travel and then every other day. The wisdom to this is that it helps maintain your blood sugar levels, which when low contributes to jet lag and stress.
3. Stay hydrated by carrying a refillable water bottle with you when boarding the plane. Low humidity in the cabin and insufficient beverage service by attendants can lead to mild dehydration and dry sinus membranes that makes you susceptible to catching an airborne virus on a crowded plane.
4. Take melatonin one hour before the time that you would like to fall asleep during travel. Melatonin is your body’s natural sleep hormone that is available in a supplement form that safely induces sleep during time zone changes or when having difficulty adapting to a strange bed. Dosage varies from one person to another, but typically falls between 0.5 to 3 milligrams.
Other natural sleep aid options include teas made with the herbs Valerian (Valleriana officinalis) and hops (Humulus lupulus). A combination of the two herbs has been found to be especially effective in reducing the time it takes to fall asleep as well as improve sleep quality.
L-theanine (found in green tea) combined with GABA (gamma aminobuytric acid) is also another recommendation for sleeplessness during travel that works by helping the brain filter out sleep-wrecking distractions.
5. Pack non-refrigerated type probiotics to help keep your digestive system healthy and your immunity up. According to NaturalGrocers.com it is very important to start taking probiotics 1 week before, during, and up to 1 week after travelling to help protect you against travelers’ or infectious diarrhea. In addition, avoid local water, uncooked veggies and fresh fruit from developing countries.
6. Pack your germ fighters such as Vitamin C, N-acetylcysteine (NAC—a proven flu fighter), zinc lozenges, and chewable elderberry tablets. You may also want to consider chewable enchinacea to boost your immune system, and chewable Pelargonium sidoides that will ease cough, congestion and a sore throat.
7. Prevent constipation from developing by supplementing your probiotic with 400-600 milligram magnesium citrate capsules before going to bed at night while travelling.
8. Pack a natural first aid kit consisting of:
- Arnica cream and pellets for muscle aches and bruises
- Bach flower cream or Propolis salve for sunburns, rashes and scrapes
- Tea oil as a disinfectant
- A homeopathic topical for stings and insect bites
For a more complete list of what to take on vacation, here are some popular travel medical kit recommendations for a safer summer vacation.
9. Prevent nausea from motion sickness or a sensitive stomach by carrying any number of supplements that contains ginger, mint and other herbs known for soothing an upset stomach. Ginger is especially effective for preventing nausea while on a cruise ship.
For more travel advice, here is an informative article about hotels you should avoid while traveling.
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Reference: NaturalGrocers.com--A Travelers Toolkit by Jack Challem