Traveling is a huge passion of mine. Exploring new cities, eating new foods, and meeting new people are just a few great reasons to buy a ticket and hop on a plane. But one of the biggest disappointments when traveling is getting sick while trying to enjoy yourself, explore, and relax. Whether it knocks you out and you’re stuck in bed all day or all week, getting sick on a trip is a huge bummer.
The good news is there are certain steps you can take to minimize your chances of getting sick while traveling. So before you pack your bags, make sure you prep your body to be able to fight off anything that will come in its way.
S U P P L E M E N T S
The most important way to fend off against a nasty cold or sickness while abroad is to strengthen your immune system. There are a few different ways to do this, and one of the easiest ways is to utilize supplementation. I start this regimen (on top of my daily supplements) 10 days before leaving and throughout my travels.
- GARLIC – Eating garlic can offer mild protection from mosquitoes, both from the odor on your breath as well as sulfur compounds that you emit through your skin. When Jacob and I went to Haiti and India on chiropractic service trips, we took garlic supplements everyday for a week prior to arrival. Compared to our fellow companions who did not take garlic supplements, we definitely did not suffer from the constant itch from bites. Smearing your body with garlic-scented lotion is apparently effective as well, although it will probably repel more than just mosquitoes.
- VITAMIN A – This is my favorite vitamin by farrrrr. Vitamin A is most commonly known for healthy vision, but my favorite aspect about Vitamin A is it’s profound ability to support the immune system. Whenever I start to feel a little under the weather or get a sore throat, I double down on Vitamin A (about 50,000 IU’s). Even when traveling domestic, I always bring Vitamin A along to kick start my immune system to be able to kill anything that comes in it’s path.
- PROBIOTIC – The microbiota mediates resistance to infection indirectly by stimulating the innate immune response. Meaning, the bacteria in your gut stimulate your immune system to fight infections. This is pretty incredible. This is also why it’s so important to protect and build up the good bacteria in your gut – que probiotic.
W O R K O U T S
- BURST WORKOUTS – BURST workouts can be done anywhere in 10-15 minutes with no equipment required! Because of that lovely little fact, these workouts are especially great while on the go. To learn what a BURST workout is and how it’s done, click here.
N A T U R A L R E M E D I E S
- COLLOIDAL SILVER NASAL SPRAY – Colloidal silver has a plethora of health benefits. But in terms of fending off the cold and flu and keeping your immune system strong, colloidal silver in my go-to. In a study of 100 children suffering from the common cold and nasal congestion, half were given colloidal silver for treatment and the other half given saline solution. The result? 90% of the people in the colloidal silver group completely recovered and showed a better performance with a significant difference in post-treatment means.
- NOURISHING ROSEWATER MIST – This is a life saver on long flights!! You know the gross feeling after sitting in a bus/plane/car/train for hours on end? This spray wakes up your complexion leaving it refreshed. You can spritz it on to set makeup or whenever your skin needs an instant pick-me-up.
- ESSENTIAL OILS – Essential oils are more than nice scents; these powerful plant extracts can help boost mood, energy, and even your immune system. I always use high grade essential oils when applying on my skin or ingesting. I love the brands Young Living and dōTERRA for essential oils. When traveling, I always bring lavender, lemon, and Thieves/On Guard. These are my go-to oils and help to calm and cleanse my body to fight away any little nasties that may come in it’s way.