Travel Tools and Tips

by | Apr 23, 2019 | Health

We love to travel. The differing cuisines, the people living in their distinct habits and means, the environments of technology and nature… all of these delight our senses. Bacterial cultures differ here too and that may be either beneficial for us, or it can be linked to lowering our enjoyment of a trip.

A few tools and tips can bring an experience more towards sweet memories rather than a recovery quest.

1) Grapefruit Seed Extract. This bitter compound can support our body’s battle against invasive parasites and pathogenic bacteria. Long flights, exhausting waits, time changes, rushes and delays, all support to your immune system can do wonders.

2) Melatonin. Adjusting to time zone changes, especially 12+ hour shifts, requires dedicated attention. Following the lead that airlines take in darkening the cabins during a flight can be optimized by relaxing and seeking to get some sleep. Melatonin can reset the circadian rhythm and help adapt to the new time zone with ease.

3) Stretch. Take the time of waiting at the airport to stretch as many muscles as possible, gently, and to hold each stretch as long as possible. This allows your body to prepare for the long flight ahead. Find a quiet area in the airport. Travel yoga mats fold up quite small and are perfect for the occasion. Don’t worry about people watching you. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Chances are you’ll inspire others in their own self care!

4) Keep hydrated. Carry a few herbal tisane sachets (avoid caffeinated drinks) and a water bottle suitable to hold hot beverages. While you can’t have your bottle full when going through customs, you can fill it up when waiting for your boarding time.

5) Activated charcoal. Capsules that are ready to help end digestive upsets. Use carbon to filter your water. Drink water locally rather than relying on plastic water bottles. Save your money and the oceans.

6) Meditate beforehand. It may seem counterintuitive to sit still for 20 minutes prior to a 10+ hour flight but it isn’t. Active meditation to calm the body and the mind eases the strain of feeling confined once on the plane and buckled in. Meditation beforehand helps you to get focused and ready to deepen your relaxation regardless of other passengers, turbulence and level of seat comfort.

7) Magnesium. A natural muscle relaxant, this is a great supplement to use to ease the stress of sitting for a long period of time.

8) Consideration. Give consideration to others. Clean up after yourself. Flights carry a lot of people and being conscious and caring can lift you out of self centeredness. Be especially mindful in the lavatories.

9) Probiotics and Digestive Aids. Bring a travel-friendly probiotic with you. Enzymes and Betaine HCl are worthy companions to nourish and keep your gut happy.

Nicole Reilkoff ND

Nicole Reilkoff ND

Nicole Reilkoff certified Naturopath and reflexologist, offers her professional bilingual, services from the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex situated in Montréal.




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