How We Stay Healthy When We Travel

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We go all over the world and love to see new places, meet new people, and experience everything each place offers. It’s important for us to stay healthy when we go. No one wants to get sick in an unfamiliar place especially if there is a big language barrier. There are several preventive actions you can take to help your immune system stay strong and help you fight off most any common illness no matter where you go in the world. Our health is important because if we are sick, we can’t take adventures until we feel better.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C supplementation is one of the easiest and best things you can do to keep your immune system up. While many places boast a plethora of vitamin C containing foods, sometimes you still need a boost with supplements. Vitamin C gummies are tasty and they travel easily. As a bonus, kids love getting their vitamin C this way. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant. It helps wounds heal faster, it helps the immune system fight off sickness, and it aids the body in detoxifying and reducing stress.

Eat Healthy Foods

Another way to stay healthy is to eat nutritious foods. Each country we’ve visited has an incredible selection of delicacies, but they also have a great selection of better-for-you options. Make sure that in between the delicacies, you are eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and eggs, and local whole grains. Your body will thank you and so will your digestive system. Processed foods tax the immune system and make you more susceptible to illness. In some countries, you need to be careful with fresh produce that may have been washed using unclean water.

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Drink water

Speaking of water, you should drink it. Make sure when you travel that you only consume filtered water so that you reduce your risk of picking up a digestive bug. Water keeps you hydrated, gives you more energy, and helps all your cells function optimally. By drinking water you can be certain you have everything you need to function daily. Dehydration can lead to headaches, soreness, brain fog, and more.

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Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

We know that many people love to enjoy a night of drinks. But when you’re traveling, this can be problematic. Enjoy a drink or two, but limit your intake to as little as possible. Alcohol consumption lowers your immune resistance and causes dehydration. You want to have fun, but be responsible about it and think about how too many drinks can impact you more than just the hangover the next morning.

Exercise

You may not be a mountain climber, but daily exercise is amazing for your health. Get outside daily and take at least 30 minutes to an hour to workout and move. Walking is great exercise and helps you see the region you’re in. You can easily walk the city or town you’re in and enjoy all the sights and sounds. Exercise boosts your immune system, gives you mental clarity and keeps you strong even when you travel. Travel exercise becomes easy when you focus on bodyweight training, resistance bands, and some form of cardio. It’s easy to incorporate it into your daily life just as you would anywhere else you go.

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Get Sleep

We know when you get to a new place you could be struggling with jet lag, exhaustion from travel, and more. It’s vital that you take the time you need to rest when you land in a new place. Even if it means a couple of days just taking it easy and getting used to the new time zone. You’ll get better sleep if you keep your room dark, have a white noise machine (or app on your phone), and try to go to bed at the same time each night. We stay healthy in part because we keep a fairly regular sleep schedule.

It’s possible to stay healthy when you travel. With the right combination of food, rest, and exercise, you can easily keep yourself from catching colds and tummy bugs when you travel. We use a combination of these and some vitamins to help us stay healthy and enjoy more of our adventures. 

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