How to Not Get Sick While Traveling

ROMEWant to know how to not get sick while traveling? I have been in 10 cities and 5 countries in the last two weeks and of course there is exposure to all kinds of things that could make me sick! How do I stay healthy while traveling? The thing to realize is traveling also takes us away from many of the things that keep us healthy such as fresh, well-balanced meals, regular exercise and good quality sleep. Here are my TOP TEN TIPS on how to not get sick while traveling.

  1. Take a Probiotic every day

This is probably my most important habit while traveling. I often double dose when I am away in a foreign country. It can protect from traveler’s diarrhea as well as boost your immune system. About 70 percent of our immune system is in our gut! Make sure your probiotic contains lactobacilli and bifidobacteria with a total of at least 30 billion units. CLICK HERE for my recommendations.

  1. Dose up on Vitamin D

I take 10,000 IU of Vitamin D for 5 consecutive days at the start of traveling to give my immune system a boost.

  1. Take Magnesium before bed

Magnesium acts like a natural relaxant and taking 400 mg of magnesium citrate for the first two nights of travel may not only help you fall asleep but also acts as a laxative by pulling water into the intestines. It really helps to keep you regular!

  1. Take your supplements

Boost your cellular defenses with a high quality nutritional supplement. CLICK HERE to learn what I use and recommend.

  1. Get good quality sleep

Sleep is so important for cellular health and repair and regeneration. Sleep deprivation will  affect your immune system.

  1. Drink lots of water and stick to carbonated water and/or intact seal.

Drinking water is a big must while you travel because it flushes your body of toxins, helps your digestion (which is associated with your immune system) and keeps you hydrated. Keep water with you throughout the day and chug a glass before you head out in the morning and before you go to bed. Drink only bottled water with an intact seal. Carbonated water is popular in Europe. Carbonation kills intestinal pathogens by reducing the water’s PH level.

  1. Don’t Brush your teeth with tap water

Tie a ribbon around the faucet as a reminder!

  1. Keep healthy snacks around

I don’t travel without some sort of nut mix and protein bars. This gives my immunity a boost and keeps me less tempted to eat something unhealthy on the go when hunger creeps up.

  1. Exercise as much as you can

Exercise boosts your immune system as well as your mood so you can make healthier choices.

  1. Wash your hands (a lot) and carry hand sanitiser

Your skin is your first line of defense and your hands specifically are always touching things and then touching your own face, mouth, or eyes.

Enjoy staying healthy while traveling!

 

How to Reduce Exposure to Toxins – PART 2

hectic lifestylePART 2 of how to reduce exposure to toxins. CLICK HERE for PART 1.

In the Bathroom

  1. Check shampoos, conditioners, shave cream, body wash and any other personal care product or cosmetic you use. Many of these products are filled with parabens and phthalates which all negatively impact your hormones. It is important to even be careful of “natural” products, as they are not regulated and may still contain chemicals that can affect hormones. CLICK HERE for my recommended toxin-free products
  2. Get rid of your plastic shower curtain.  A safer option is to look for a fabric, plastic free curtain instead.
  3. Do you know what is in your regular bathroom cleaners? Many contain toxic chemicals that may be harming you.  Find products that are safe, or you can make simple, inexpensive homemade cleaners that work well.
  4. Throw out those air fresheners. Choose simple air freshening solutions like baking soda or essential oils to freshen the air in the bathroom.

In Your Food

  1. Choose organic produce whenever possible. Pesticides and herbicides commonly sprayed on conventional produce are full of endocrine disruptors. There are some conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that are safer to buy than others, if buying all organic isn’t in your budget.
  2. Skip canned goods unless marked BPA free. Most cans used have been lined with BPA and are not a good option for your health.
  3. Don’t buy beverages in plastic bottles. Instead, make your own homemade teas, juices and sports drinks. You will be able to avoid other unsavory and unhealthy ingredients by making homemade versions as well.
  4. Once you bring food purchases home, remove them from plastic packaging. This way the food doesn’t continue to be exposed to chemicals in the plastic.
  5. Opt for locally raised, grass fed meat and free range poultry and eggs when possible. Choose store bought grass fed and free range meat, poultry and eggs as a second option. Avoid factory farm raised meats and processed chicken products with are often full of antibiotics, steroids and hormones.

 

How to Reduce Exposure to Toxins – PART 1

TOXINSToxins that we are exposed to in everyday life can act as endocrine disruptors. This means that they can increase or decrease vital hormones in the body. This ultimately leads to serious health problems, and so it is important to reduce exposure to these chemicals. Knowing about the negative health effects of these chemicals is good incentive to remove them from your life permanently. But what are safe products to replace them with?

In the Kitchen

  1. Get rid of non-stick pans which leach endocrine disrupting chemicals into cooking food. Instead, choose cast iron or stainless steel cookware.
  2. Throw out old plastic cooking utensils and replace them with metal or bamboo options.
  3. Ditch plastic glasses and water bottles and use glass and stainless steel drink ware instead.
  4. Use glass and stainless steel storage containers to store food in instead of plastic.
  5. If using the microwave, skip using plastic wrap. The endocrine disruptors can drip onto your food while it is cooking this way. Also be sure to use only microwave safe glass or ceramic dishes, not plastic
  6. When washing hands or dishes, look for non-toxic soaps when possible. Avoid anti-bacterial soaps completely, as these contain endocrine disruptors.
  7. Be aware of what cleaners you are using in the kitchen. Being an informed consumer can help you to know if the household cleaners you are using in your kitchen are harming your health.

Throughout the House and Outside

  1. Skip using regular pest control services. Pesticides regularly contain endocrine disruptors. Some pest control companies offer greener pest control services, but as always, “natural” doesn’t always mean safe, so check with a company to be sure that there are no chemicals that can cause hormonal problems.
  2. Stop using weed killers! These chemicals are highly used and highly dangerous to your health. It is worth it to take the time to find non-toxic versions in order to protect your health.
  3. If you use old electronics, be sure to use them in larger rooms. Chemical flame retardants were used in these products, and using them in a small space, such as a bedroom or bathroom increases your exposure to these chemicals significantly.

This is the first article in a 2 PART SERIES.