Summer is travel time, from getting on a plane or in a car or train. Holiday time is good yet, sometimes we work so hard to go traveling, that we get sick while on our trip. It’s a good idea to do a little health ( preventive) checks before and during your trip.
Taking some supportive herbs and strengthening the digestive system can be super helpful in preventing the awful thought of being sick on holiday. Below are a few of my suggestions.
Before Your Trip:
Generally, if I see any stressful events approaching – traveling, going back to school after a holiday, or a holiday in general – I begin to re-evaluate what my family is doing and taking. Below are some my top 4 supplements for staying healthy:
1. Essential Fatty Acids
This is why: They are vital to your being alive and your body can not make them so you need to get them from your food. They are important for optimal function of the heart – think blood pressure, strokes – to the nervous system and the skin. Cod liver oil has vitamin a and d which is supportive of the immune system. ( Nordic Naturals have quality oils).
Source: Olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds but also mix in flax seed oil, cod liver oil and hemp oil in their diet.
This is why: Known as the friendly bacteria in the gut, they aid in keeping the digestive system strong and healthy. Approximately 70% of the immune system is in the digestive system so you are getting lots of support by taking some probiotics.
Source: Most probiotics need to be refrigerated although, Nordic Naturals Probiotic doesn’t need to be and this is ideal for travel.
3. Berry Well Immune Herbal Powder
This is why: This herbal powder has many supportive herbs in its’ formula. I like this because it helps keep our immune system strong during periods of high stress or during the cold and flu season. The fact that it is a powder is an extra bonus because you can easily add it to a smoothie or mix it in with yogurt or applesauce.
4. Innate MaikeGold 404
This is why: This supplement is packed with a propriety blend of the immune stimulating mushrooms along with vitamin c. It is ideal to take daily during the cold and flu season to ward off any germs.
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To Take On Your Trip:
It’s Wise Woman Throat Spray. Their 2oz bottle that can be brought on a plane and a few sprays to the back of the mouth during the flight will keep your immune system strong. I also bring herbal tea bags on plane rides. Kids can pick out their favorite flavors ( a Raspberry Zinger and Tazo Sweet orange are favorites) and will the extra attention they will receive when asking for warm water.
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If someone gets sick
Magic socks: Always travel with cotton and wool socks. You can learn more about how to do magic socks here. I have many people completely hooked on them!
Vitamin C: Vitamin c is best taken in divided doses. Take 500 mg ( less for kids) 3 to 4 times a day.
Immune tincture: Most health food store have an immune tincture or capsules. Take as directed. However, one of my favorite brand is Wise Woman Herbal: I like to travel with their Throat Spray ( see above) and their Phytobiotic capsules. They have a fabulous children’s glycerite tincture and capsules for adults. Let me know if you need help ordering.
The key to making sure that you stay healthy after a cold is to keep taking a few supplements for 2 to 3 days after you feel better.
And always remember the basics
Wash those hands: This one is easy to forget ( or at least the kids may need some reminding!). It’s important to remember that most acute illnesses are due to poor hygiene and the easiest way to avoid this, is to wash your hands with soap and warm water.
Keep hydrated: During travel, it is easy to become dehydrated. Make sure the family is staying hydrated before and during a trip. Keep a pitcher filled with water available ( in the fridge ) at all times and have water bottles for every family member. If water doesn’t sound exciting, try putting slices of oranges and lemons to add some zest and flavor or perhaps making a pitcher of iced herbal tea.
Sunscreen: Bring it, wear it, and reapply it. Getting burned on a holiday is really not fun. Buy some safe sunscreen products here ( the sticks are the best).