When you are traveling the last thing you want is to get sick. There is no doubt that traveling itself can be a stress on the body whether it is being susceptible to infections on the plane or in a new environment, adapting to different time zones and new schedules, acclimatizing to different altitudes or trying to metabolize unusual foods.

There are a few tactics to stay healthy and strong, even through the stress of travel. Here are five tips to stay healthy while travelling:

  1. Take probiotics.  It is important to keep your immune system strong.  About 80% of your immune system is housed in your digestive tract, therefore if you support your digestive tract, you will also be boosting your immune system.  The best way to support your digestive tract is to take probiotics.  Probiotics are healthy bacteria and lay a healthy foundation for proper digestion and a strong immune system.  The best form is from a human, vegetable or soil source; not a cow dairy source; in a capsule form that is room temperature stable and does not need to be refrigerated.
  2. Take Digestive Enzymes with every meal.  Digestive enzymes help to breakdown the foods that you eat.  They promote effective breakdown of all foods that are consumed and make sure that the foods you are eating do not get stuck in your digestive tract and cause you digestive disturbances, including gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea.   Taking digestive enzymes with every meal can give your body the extra support to ensure that you properly metabolize even the most unusual, unfamiliar foods.
  3. Have Grapefruit Seed Extract on hand, just in case.  Grapefruit seed extract is a powerful, natural, broad-spectrum anti-microbial, that acts against a number of pathogenic organisms including bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.   If you happen to show any signs of an infection from the common cold to traveler’s diarrhea you can start taking Grapefruit seed extract to quickly and effectively get rid of that infection.
  4. Get grounded in your new environment. In order to adapt quickly to a new environment and especially a change in time zones, you can walk barefoot on the ground of your new location. Your feet need to come in contact with the earth, therefore you need to walk on the grass, soil or sand to reap the benefits of grounding.  Grounding or earthing are old practices.  The earth is naturally rich in electrons.  When you are in contact with the ground the earth’s electrons are conducted into your body bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth.  This is a great way to balance your circadian rhythms, your internal 24-hour biological process, with your new destination and greatly reduce any signs and symptoms of jet lag.

No one wants to be down and out when they are traveling.   It is better to be prepared and take some preventative precautions to help you on your way.  These simple tactics will help to keep you healthy and truly have that adventure of a lifetime.