Everyone is traveling these days! And while this fresh energy and excitement can be invigorating, there’s equal concern about how to remain safe and healthy, particularly in the current “post-pandemic” landscape. So, we want to minimize the stress and equip you with our best tools and tips to help you feel comfortable while traveling so you can fully enjoy your new experiences.
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Our Top Protocols and Recommendations to Stay Healthy While Traveling
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To Prevent “Traveler’s Belly”
The difference between two people that travel together and eat the same foods is the strength of their stomach and its ability to produce enough stomach acid to kill any pathogens. A person’s stomach acid is their first line of defense, so the one who lacks stomach acid is more susceptible to getting sick.
If you want to avoid an upset stomach and/or diarrhea that can occur when exposed to a food or water based pathogen that your body isn’t accustomed to, especially when traveling to countries that don’t treat their water, we recommend increasing your stomach acid.
Our Favorite Supplement Recommendations:
- Probiotic – Take proactively, especially while traveling. Make sure it’s a good quality probiotic that is shelf stable, such as HMF Travel.
- Digest Forte – The bitter taste will signal your system to make more stomach acid. As needed, place on your tongue until it fully dissolves.
- HCL (i.e. Zypan) – If you don’t typically have a strong stomach, regularly deal with gas, bloating, or acid reflux, or are concerned about the food you’re eating, take HCL with every meal in the middle of your meal. If you already have a strong stomach, keep it with you to only use as needed.
To Support Your System If You Get “Traveler’s Belly”
If you begin to experience any upset stomach or diarrhea, use activated charcoal. This will help your body to bind any of the toxins or pathogens that it’s trying to get out of your system.
To Minimize “Traveler’s Constipation”
- Digest Forte – As with the traveler’s belly, the bitters in Digest Forte are helpful in supporting digestive motility and keeping you regular. Use as needed.
- Magnesium – Another great support in keeping you regular. Use as needed.
Food and Water
When traveling internationally, one of the most common concerns is knowing how to find clean sources of water or what to do about eating raw foods, such as salads. Here are a few tips that we’ve found helpful:
- Only purchase bottled water, and make sure it’s sealed. Listen for the “crack” when opening.
- Drink mineral water or sparkling water. Bacteria can’t grow in this type of environment.
- If possible, enjoy your vegetables cooked instead of raw. However, the above protocols and supplement recommendations will support your body should you eat something that doesn’t agree with you.
Your skin absorbs everything you put on it, so you want to minimize your exposure to chemicals found in most sunscreens. Here are some of our favorite products and sun safety recommendations:
- Sunscreen: Make sure your sunscreen is mineral based and not chemical based. Check out this post for a complete list of products we recommend, as well as our favorite homemade sunscreen recipe.
- Lips: Regularly layer Evanhealy Shea Butter Lip Balm and Titanium Dioxide.
- Nutrition: Include plenty of essential fatty acid in your diet, especially prior to traveling. i.e. raw milk, egg yolks, cod liver oil, and animal fats like butter and coconut oil.
- Supplementation: When spending lots of time playing in the sun, take 1 Cataplex F and 2 Calcium Lactate every 2-4 hours .
- Adrenal Support: If traveling to a really hot place or you’re not used to a hot environment, supplement with Adrenal Complex
While no one wants to experience the discomforts of bug bites, most commercial bug sprays contain the controversial chemical, DEET.
Research found that “rats treated with an average human dose of DEET (40 mg/kg body weight) performed far worse than control rats when challenged with physical tasks requiring muscle control, strength and coordination.” Additionally, it’s caused “neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory and concentration.”
Our Favorite and Safer Alternatives:
- Make this homemade bug spray recipe.
- Solvarome by Seroyal. To use proactively, add 25-50 drops of the concentrate into a glass water bottle. Top it off with filtered water and spray directly to your skin. To soothe the skin after a bug bite, apply the concentrate directly to the irritated area.
- Cataplex B – To help prevent bug bites, start taking Cataplex B a week prior to traveling.
To provide your body with general immune support while traveling, we recommend taking Congaplex. It contains nutrients that contribute to the healthy response of the immune and respiratory systems. For proactive support, take three capsules twice daily to boost immunity, and for reactive support when an acute illness is present, take up to two capsules every waking hour.
Alcohol or Indulging
To minimize the effects that often occur after drinking or overindulging, we recommend supporting your liver with UNDA 243. Simply add a couple of drops directly on your tongue prior to going to bed or after overindulging.
This information is not to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician. Consult your own doctors or other qualified health professional regarding the treatment of your medical problems. Those taking prescription medications should consult with their physicians and not take themselves off of medicines to start supplementation without the proper supervision of a physician familiar with nutritional supplementation.
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