Finally the exciting moment you’ve been waiting for is here-it’s vacation time!
Whether you decide to visit family and friends, or unplug from the busy world, or take a work-cation that lead to new opportunities, I want to share some healthy travel tips that have made a big difference for me, allowing my body to adapt to the new environment fully charged so I can soak in every drop of my holiday. If you want to feel your best during your well-deserved vacation, continue to read about the 8 supplements and essentials I carry with me wherever I travel.
Next week, I’ll be sharing the 3 essential nutrition tips I follow at the destination to keep me energized and healthy. Click here to read next week’s post.
Why it’s important to be prepared:
A new environment brings a shock to your immune system and digestion so your body needs extra TLC from you to stay healthy and energized and provide you with the best holiday experience.
8 Healthy Travel Essentials Check-list:
1. A personal-size blender:
Having a morning smoothie is a delicious way to fuel up on immune-boosting and energizing nutrients efficiently so your time can be freed up for more fun and exploring. (Tip: remember to pack the blade part in your check luggage)
2. Vitamin C
This is a crucial detoxifying nutrient and its antioxidant properties protect cells from damages.
Vitamin C has been shown to reduce cold symptoms and boost immunity before a cold hits me from my personal experience.
What’s more amazing, vitamin C is a must-have if you are thinking of spending some time in the sun. Studies have found vitamin C promotes collagen production which renews your skin from sun exposure.
3. Vitamin B Complex
This group of vitamins are essential in metabolizing food into fuel so we can stay energized when adjusting to the the time difference and unfamiliar sleeping environments.
B vitamins are also needed for your liver to eliminate toxins effectively.
4. Liver-supporting Tincture
Many botanical extracts such as milk thistle, burdock and dandelion root help to modulate the rate at which the liver processes toxins so harmful metabolic waste doesn’t stay lodged in our body.
Supporting the liver in its natural detoxification process and replenishing lost nutrients is also the best hangover cure.
5. Magnesium (bisglycinate)
This nutrient is crucial for fighting headaches. With the help of sufficient water, magnesium dilates blood vessels and help keep headaches at bay. Due to the natural calming effect, magnesium helps you relax into a better sleep.
Dehydration is a side effect of consuming alcohol, so make sure you pack some magnesium in your bag if you plan to enjoy a few drinks on your trip.
6. Adrenal Tonic
You go on a vacation hoping to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. But many stressors such as traffic delays, airport checks and long hours sitting can wreck havoc on your body especially you are already feeling tired to begin with. Holy basil, ashwagandha, milky oat seeds are nutritious herbs that have a balancing effect on your stress hormone output so you can tackle the logistics and enjoy your vacation with ease.
Nurturing a healthy gut flora can strengthen your immune system in a new environment. The friendly bacteria in your gut serves as the first line of defence against harmful bacteria and pathogens.
8. Green Rescue Mix
In a small bag, mix protein powder and veggie powder together along with other smoothie boosters of your preference (cinnamon and ginger are my favourites). In case of unexpected changes to your plans, you can count on this for a bit of rescue. I often add a teaspoon or two added to a glass of water first thing in the morning.
Of course, if you want to feel your absolute best on vacation and you have a small blender with you, this mix is going to power up your morning smoothie. Try this hotel-friendly smoothie recipe below:
Tip: Swipe some plastic cutlery and use a hand towel as a make-shift cutting board.