Want 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Take your supplements
Boost your cellular defenses with a high quality nutritional supplement. CLICK HERE to learn what I use and recommend.
- Get good quality sleep
Sleep is so important for cellular health and repair and regeneration. Sleep deprivation will affect your immune system.
- 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.
- Don’t Brush your teeth with tap water
Tie a ribbon around the faucet as a reminder!
- 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.
- Exercise as much as you can
Exercise boosts your immune system as well as your mood so you can make healthier choices.
- 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!