Whether you are traveling to the other side of the globe this summer, or just the other side of the state, it is important to give your body an extra nutritional boost to combat the changes in routine, food, and sleep that often result from a vacation. Greens, probiotics, and mushrooms are three important types of supplements to help keep you well while your away.
When you are without a kitchen and consequently eating most meals at restaurants or hotels, whole fruits and vegetables can be hard to come by. Yet, it is more important than ever to get plenty of fruits and veggies while traveling, in order to keep your energy up, your mood positive, and your immune system strong. This is where greens supplements come to the rescue: these powdered and freeze dried mixtures of antioxidant and phytonutrient rich, nutritional goodness are often available in convenient single serving packets, perfect for tossing in your suitcase.
Probiotics are an absolute must when traveling. They are especially helpful for your gut when you are headed abroad to places where the native microbes might be foreign to your system, or troublesome bacteria could be lurking in the street food. Using probiotics to maintain healthy and resilient digestive flora has been shown to treat, and even prevent, Traveler’s Diarrhea. Even if you are not going far, probiotics are extremely helpful for combating the bloating and discomfort that can come from eating junk food, or rich, indulgent meals. They can also help boost your immune system so you can avoid the sniffles and sneezes that linger in trains and planes.
It is important to begin taking probiotics at least two weeks before you leave on your trip, if you don’t already include them in your daily regimen. Although many brands of probiotics must be stored in the refrigerator, there are various options that are packaged in air-tight packets or blister packs so they can stay fresh and effective in your suitcase or backpack.
Medicinal mushrooms have many health benefits; some in particular are especially helpful when traveling. Mushroom supplements can reduce fatigue and boost energy levels, helping to keep you alert despite traveling across time zones, and spending nights in unfamiliar beds. If you are flying or traveling up into the mountains, medicinal mushrooms’ ability to increase your oxygen capacity can help to combat discomfort due to altitude changes. They also strengthen your immune system, which can help you to avoid illnesses that are easily spread in close travel quarters.
Come into our Good Earth Supplements department and discuss these options with one of our wellness experts to develop a regimen that will be perfect for your particular summer adventures!