Does long travel flatline your energy and make you cry (just a little) for your bed and bathroom at home?
Travel is rough on your body.
I feel you there. Travel is my favorite (can anything top the adventure of a new city, culture, and the thrill of navigating through somewhere where you don’t speak the language? It’s beyond roller coaster thrill level for me), but it can also reek havoc on your healthy routine and body. Jet lag fatigue, a gut that says, “w-what ?!?”
Ugh. That’s exactly what it can feel like. Been there, done that.
But it can be SO much better with a few simple remedies. And although these aren’t food, these items are becoming staples in my kitchen and medicine cabinet.
Each of these 5 remedies have saved my biscuits.
They aren’t just a list I dug up somewhere, or something I’m getting some kind of kickback for plugging, but stuff I honestly love and by their good graces travel like a natural [wink].
Note, I’ve been a skeptic about homeopathy in the past, but I’m such a true believer when it comes to the power of food for good health, that I’ve now crossed into the kindness of PROVEN and SAFE natural remedies, and none of these will make you crash or crave it later like caffeine, some medications or a string of gin and tonics can (hello, seat companion 5 flights ago).
5 Natural Aids for Travel:
1. Jet Lag Tablets
Chew one every 2 hours while you fly. Huge difference on how fast you hit the ground running by buffering your exhaustion and circadian rhythm that’s out of sync. A couple brands are out there and available on Amazon, at REI, Target, GNC. I bought Jet Zone for $7-8 at my natural-foods grocery store, Davis Food Co-op. At GNC they are 3x the price, but probably still worth it, but cheaper everywhere else except the airport.
Herby grassy tree that’s magically energy boosting. Available in tabs, powder, or tea. I had the seeds fresh once in Ghana and it was like a edible revelation of vivacity after 40 hours of flying.
Those live active cultures in yogurt, but on their own, dehydrated and easier-to-pack tablets. My grocery store refrigerates them, and I do at home, but when I travel, I just throw them in my bag. When you go to a foreign environment it’s foreign territory for your body (different bugs in different places), so it’s totally normal to have your body put up the white flag through cramps, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, etc. So, I give my body a little extra boost.
4. Peppermint + Digestive Blend Essential Oils
Also a gut-saver. I pick therapeutic grade oils that are safe to ingest (I’ve got some DoTerra ones I like). I’ve done pepto-bismol plenty of times and sometimes in tandem with the oils, but for me, these have made the most difference. I put a drop or so in my water and drink up. Beadlets are another nice option- my kids prefer those.
When your body thinks it should be awake and asleep at all the wrong times, melatonin is the natural way to nudge it in the right direction. When I talk with friends that travel a lot more than I do, this is the one thing they say they never travel without. Note, just don’t take it for more than 2 weeks at a time. It is meant to be a temporary aid, not a crutch.
And a bonus thought, you knew it was coming,
EAT WELL. Take care of you. Some fiber, vitamins, and protein from unprocessed food go a long way to helping you feel you best so you can get out there and enjoy your travels and feel good fast when you get home.
Cook like a natural (and travel like one too).
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