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As obsessed as I am with traveling, there is no denying that it can take a toll on your body and health. From changing time zones, incorporating new foods, to struggling with jet lag, traveling can be exhausting. That is why I always stuff my carry on bag full of essential supplements, superfoods, and healthy snacks. Not only does this allow me to stay healthy while traveling, but it also helps me to stay energized and on top of my travel game. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely indulge in local cuisine and sweet treats, that’s half the fun of traveling right? Although, that doesn’t mean every meal on vacation is an overindulgence. Moderation is key, and while traveling, this is something that I always keep in mind. Especially considering that I want to wake up feeling healthy and refreshed so that I have the stamina to explore.
8 HEALTH TIPS FOR TRAVELERS
1. Eat Whole Foods –
Getting in all your nutrients while traveling is no easy task. Though, the best thing you can do for yourself is to choose whole food options as much as possible. What I mean by this is opting for food options that don’t come packaged, are preferably seasonal, and exclude refined carbs and sugars.
Pro Tip – Find an organic juice bar, cafe or grocery store nearby to pick up a few healthy snacks, green smoothie or juice, and maybe even a superfood shot. Your body will thank you for that extra dose of immune-boosting nutrition.
2. Magnesium –
Magnesium is needed for nearly every bodily function, including muscle relaxation, sleep, and converting food into energy. For getting over jet lag, falling asleep on the wrong time zone, and maintaining your energy levels, Calm Raspberry Lemon Magnesium is my go-to. I take it every night before going to bed, and it also tastes amazing.
3. Digestive Enzymes –
For when your diet isn’t on point, digestive enzymes are a great way to help your body out with processing that almond croissant or bowl of creamy pasta. Papaya Digestive Enzymes are some of my favorites and are a life saver when it comes to avoiding bloat.
4. Minimize Sweets –
This one can be hard when you are constantly eating out, especially when it comes to indulging in desserts or fruity cocktails. Nonetheless, limit these when possible. As sugar really screws with your energy levels, blood sugar, and will definitely not be of any assistance with overcoming jet lag.
5. Spirulina –
For a nutrient dense and bioavailable supplement, spirulina is my everyday go-to. When abroad, my diet gets a little bit out of whack, so this natural alkalizer, detoxifier, and pH balance is a must in my morning routines, no matter where I am in the world. Added bonus, the high levels of chlorophyll can also help to protect against inflight radiation exposure.
6. Sweat It Out –
Motivating yourself to workout while traveling can be extremely challenging, trust me, I know. But it is so important to get your sweat on. Whatever kind of workout you like, just do it. Not only will you feel so much better and more energized, but it will help to sync your circadian rhythm and to beat jet lag. For some of my favorite travel workouts, check out the following:
7. Organic Green Tea –
Green tea is not only a great source of energy for when jet lag makes you want to nearly fall asleep standing up, but it’s also full of antioxidants, the most powerful being EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate). Be sure to throw in a couple of bags of organic ginger green tea or matcha green tea single packets to enjoy on the airplane or in your hotel room.