How to Stay Healthy During Travel

sun_salutationTraveling can be super tough on the immune system. Long flights, busy airports and crowded buses put you in contact with a lot of potentially sick people. Add jet lag and lack of sleep into the equation and you’ve got a recipe for a nasty show stopper.

In general, I think managing stress is a big part of keeping your immune system in good shape. Stress is an immune system killer. Meditation is a good way to try and mitigate stress and there is plenty of research that supports the many benefits of meditation. So I try to incorporate a healthy dose of meditation during my travels to keep the system at full strength. A solid yoga session after a long flight or bus ride is great for both body + mind.

In addition to meditation, I always bring/do the following when on the road:

1) Ola Loa Energy drink mix is a great supplemental multi vitamin drink. (Emergen C has quite a bit more sugar but is probably easier to get in a pinch.) More than anything, it’s important to keep hydrated while traveling. These drinks are great reasons to pound fluids while traveling and being in the airport. Short a drink mix, keep the H2O flowing.

2) Nutri Biotic Grapefruit seed Extract is a great to carry on any type of trip. Check out some some of the benefits here.

3) I also bring Wellness Formula with me. It’s a capsule/tablet supplement that uses a blend of herbs, antioxidants, and vitamins to keep the immune system fully charged.

4) Try to eat as healthy as you can while you’re out there too. I know many people who see travel as an excuse to abandon all sensible eating habits, but downing the airport fast food and the equivalent at your destination is not going to keep your body happy. Traveling with a bag of healthy snacks to munch on and a water bottle to supplement the shot of water you missed while you were dozing for a few minutes. (Obviously you need to go through security with an empty waterbottle.)

5) Sleep! The challenge here is finding the balance between fighting jet lag (getting your body’s clock attuned to your current location) and getting enough sleep. In my opinion, the worst thing you can do is sacrifice sleep in the first day or two after your arrival just to get adjusted. This deprivation - coupled with the exposure to viruses, etc during your travel - can set you up for a miserable, sickness-laden journey.

I’d love to hear your travel health tips! Sound off in the comment section below. Good luck out there and stay healthy!

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6 Responses to “How to Stay Healthy During Travel”

  1. mary bowman-dement Says:

    Wash your hands, drink lots of clean water and stay rested.

  2. Courtney Says:

    Hey Jimmy - great tips. Would love to hear about any books/people you are inspired by or look to for info. for yoga/meditation. I agree, that a yoga session after flights or during travels is a great way to clear out the fog and let light shine in body/mind. I would add in, drink lots of water; try local fruits and vegetables in your travel spot and have a yoga travel mat!

  3. Healthy Documents Says:

    Thanks for such a useful information, i do lot of travelling, this will help me stay fit and healthy while travelling, thanks a lot for sharing.

  4. Eric Fulgenzi Says:

    Jimmy,

    I always bring my running shoes when I travel. Not only does a run help you clear your mind and enjoy your surroundings but it is a great way to get to know an area. An important piece with this is to leave the MP3 player and headphones in your room. I always qualify my runs while I’m traveling as scouting missions; what smell good? Is there a shop that intrigues me? Where are the sites I want to return to? Plus, if you’re guiding, it’s a necessary way to blow off steam.

    Other than that, you nailed it: healthy eating and lots of *clean* water.

    Keep up the great work. You give us something to aspire to!

    Eric Fulgenzi
    Alchemy Adventures

  5. Matt Says:

    Great read! It’s always a challenge for me but I’m slowly getting the hang of working out with what little time I have when I travel. Personally, I like waking up early to go for a quick run. It’s usually about the only time I get to squeeze some sightseeing on my trips.

  6. David Lambroughton Says:

    Oil of Oregano has been called The Traveler’s Best Friend. When you go on a long haul flight, statistically about 30% of the passengers will come down with something within 4 or 5 days or less. I think O of O really works and I put 3-4 drops under my tongue and let it sit there for 15-20 seconds before swallowing some OJ or morning protein shake which helps to mask the strong taste of the O of O. I do this for about 3 or 4 mornings before I hit the airport, once or twice during transit, and for a day after I arrive. It has worked flawlessly for me during about 1,000,000 miles of world travel with my cameras.

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