Regardless of whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, here are some essential supplements to keep you well while you’re away from home.
ProbioticsNo matter where you are planning to spend your family vacation, taking probiotics are essential. This is especially true if you are heading out of the country. In fact, the most important item to have in your suitcase is a bottle of probiotics. Probiotics are healthy, beneficial bacteria that keep your gut healthy and strong, thus boosting your immune system. You should begin taking probiotics at least one week before your trip, take them every day of your trip, and continue taking them one week after returning home. Probiotics will populate your gut with beneficial bacteria. This way, your body is protected if it encounters any foreign microbes (bacteria, parasites, etc.), especially from exotic cuisines. If your GI tract is not adequately defended, you are more likely to experiences illnesses like the dreaded traveler’s diarrhea. On the other hand, if you keep the beneficial bacteria colonies in your gut flourished, the chances of suffering digestive imbalances is significantly decreased. So, unless you’re planning on spending a good deal of your time in the hotel bathroom, be sure to pack probiotics! Take the dosage recommended on the manufacturer’s bottle and double up on your dose if you begin to experience any type of stomach upset – indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, etc.
Oregano OilOregano oil is a potent broad-spectrum antimicrobial, providing protection against bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. It guards against infiltration both within the body as well as externally as a topical application. This includes bed bugs, lice, fleas and mosquitoes. Oregano oil also protects against Giardia, a common amoeba found throughout the world. There are more than 200 million people infected with Giardia each year. Like probiotics, oregano oil can also protect against food-borne pathogens and the dreaded case of food poisoning. In vitro studies have demonstrated antibacterial activity of oregano against some of the most common food-borne pathogens including Listeria, Salmonella, E-Coli, and dysentery. And, oregano oil can help treat common symptoms of food-borne illness – nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea, bloating and/or indigestion. Nobody likes to catch a cold or the flu or other respiratory illness while on vacation. At the very first signs of illness, take the recommended dosage of oregano for acute infections. You may very well stop that oncoming infection in its tracks. At the very least, you likely will be able to shorten its duration and lessen its symptoms.
Multi-vitamin/Multi-mineralYou’ll want to be sure to support your energy levels and immunity while traveling. For your adventures, be sure you pack a good multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement that contains a combination of B-complex vitamins (for energy) as well as antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium, calcium and zinc. These antioxidants will neutralize free radicals and boost your immune system. Take your vitamins every day of your vacation and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s dosing instructions on the label.
MagnesiumIt’s great for relieving stiff, sore muscles from long flights and long days of site seeing. It will also aid in a good night’s rest, ease menstrual and leg cramps, and helps keep you regular.
MelatoninMelatonin helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle. For the restless traveler, melatonin can promote sleep as well as alleviate jet lag, which is especially helpful when changing time zones. To reduce the effect of jet lag and reset your biological time clock, take 3 mg of melatonin one hour before bedtime at your destination location. Take 3 mg again for each of the next three nights to keep you from waking up at 4:00 a.m. and staying awake. For regular sleep assistance, take 3 mg of melatonin one hour before bedtime. Do not take more than 3 mg in 24 hours. Also, do not take melatonin with other sleep aids or with alcohol.
Ginger RootPerfect for nausea, stomachache, and sea sickness.
Activated CharcoalThis supplement is great in relieving symptoms from food poisoning, eating too much fast food, stomach bugs, gas, bloating and the dreaded traveler's diarrhea. It helps reduce toxicity in your body from one too many drinks at the bar. Be sure to take it with plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Digestive EnzymesUsing digestive enzymes when stepping outside your normal eating habits is a great way to help your body break down whatever you eat They also help decrease gas, bloating, constipation and inflammation.