TOP TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY WHILE AWAY:
- Pack your supplements
A good broad spectrum probiotic (non-refridgerated) can help to keep your immune system calm while traveling to foreign countries. It can be a good idea to keep a consistent flow of beneficial bacteria coming into your precious gastrointestinal tract to minimize the opportunity for "bad" microbes to thrive. Zinc, vitamin D and vitamin A also support a strong immune system. A high quality multi-vitamin / multi-mineral combo can help to fill nutritional gaps in your daily diet while you are away.
- Pack your own toiletries
I never use other peoples cleansers, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash or moisturizer as they are usually full of toxic ingredients. Having acne prone skin, I need to be super careful about maintaining my skin regime using "non-clogging" / acne safe products that won't trigger a flare up. Pack "travel sized" bottles filled up with your toiletry essentials.
- Pack earplugs, an eye mask and organic hand sanitizer
When you are on a flight or trying to sleep in your accommodation there can be all sorts of noises that can prevent you from enjoying sound restorative sleep. The ear plugs come in super handy for this and I wear an eye mask to shut out excess light (especially if I need to get some sleep during the day time). Hand wash at airports, on the plane and in hotels is usually full of harsh chemicals that strip your hands of moisture and all living bacteria. Instead I suggest packing a small bottle of organic hand sanitizer (Whole Foods sells them) that is more gentle on your skin.
- Eat before you fly and pack healthy snacks / food choices for the plane
I always have a nourishing meal before I leave the house to get on a plane. Try to pack a green juice if you can to get a liquid multi-vitamin / multi-mineral that alkalizes your body, purifies the blood and boosts the immune system before you set off. My fav snacks for the plane include raw organic trail mix, a boiled egg (pasture raised), a BPA free can of wild skinless + boneless salmon, carrots with hummus, fresh fruit such as an apple, and raw superfood bars (high in protein and healthy fats, as low as possible in natural sweeteners).
- Select a "healthier" airplane meal option if possible and say "NO THANKS" to free nibbles and drinks on the flight
I always select the "gluten free" option which usually contains some sort of meat, rice and vegetables with a simple side salad. I pack my own spring water (purchase after you go through security or pack an empty glass drink bottle to fill up at the water fountain). Drinking rancid coffee, poor quality alcohol, sugar laden fruit juice, soda and airplane snacks / deserts can really throw your delicate system off. Keep your body as pure as possible during your journey.
- Pack chill out music, an inspirational book and a note pad with a pen
Traveling can get hectic so it is important to be able to cultivate some zen anywhere you go. If you can mediate go for it. I simply play some relaxing chill music on my iPod or read an inspirational book. A note pad is a great way to jot down and observe any thoughts, feelings or emotions you may be experiencing. It can also be used as a travel diary or food journal.
- HYDRATE, stretch and sleep where possible
I drink lots of water on the plane to stay regular, flush out toxins and hydrate the body. Stretching is essential to keep the blood flowing to all areas of your body and to aid the flushing of the lymphatics system (immune system). Ideally we want to remain flexible and keep our muscles as loose as possible to avoid getting stiff, cramping or swelling up, and get rid of any tension in the body. Instead of watching movie after movie on your flight, stick to watching just one or read for a little while and then prioritize some shut eye. Try to keep your body in some kind of routine so you don't feel "out of whack" when you arrive at your destination. Hot tip: pack chia seeds and add a tbsp. to your large bottle of water for a nutritional boost, a natural source of energy and to help keep you regular.
- Take your swimsuit and walking shoes
Being on holiday usually means taking a break from fitness classes, gym sessions and workout routines but it doesn't mean we have to get lazy and do nothing physical with our bodies. Pack a swim suit and walking shoes so you can get active in a fun way while enjoying your time away. Explore your new environment by foot, rent a bike or swim in the ocean. You won't even realize you are exercising!
- Print out a note in the language of the country you are visiting stating any food sensitivities you may have so that you can hand it to the chef when eating out at restaurants
It is important not to alarm your immune system and throw off your digestion by eating foods you are sensitive to while away. I make sure I have a clear note saying that I have an "allergic reaction" to eggs, gluten (wheat, barley and rye) and dairy. That way I can maintain my health and avoid damaging my delicate gastrointestinal tract.
- Observe how other cultures live traditionally, simply and in harmony with nature (you can learn so much from the locals and bring little health pearls back home with you)
Many different cultures to ours live very simply amongst nature with their families. They tend to the land, grow their own food, look after each other, live in sync with the cycle of the sun and change with the seasons. They build their homes out of local and natural materials, they do not live fast passed technology driven lives, they don't shop at big department stores, they don't eat conventional and processed foods, and they are not stressed out with endless health problems that are treated with pill after pill. I really think we need to return to nature as much as possible in order to survive on this Earth for generations to come. What we are doing now just isn't sustainable.
THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIP IS TO ENJOY EVERY PRECIOUS MOMENT!
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