Summertime is getaway time, be it to a nearby beach, a cabin in the woods, or a far-off land a plane ride or two away. And, of course, some folks travel virtually year-round to work and play. So how to avoid travel ills no matter how much you roam? Simple: Keep your body fortified all year long so it’s less susceptible to bugs—and better equipped to fight them should one or two gain a foothold.
One of summertime’s greatest joys? Travel to faraway places. One of its biggest headaches (other than the TSA lines)? Jet lag. It’s the traveler’s equivalent of a hangover, with the main difference being that you probably had no fun getting it, and the pain will last longer than the alcohol-induced kind. And why does jet lag still have such power over us?
When we travel, our natural rhythms can get off schedule, and it’s common to experience constipation. Some people’s systems can tolerate going “off-track” while on vacation and still feel vibrant and fresh, while most of us just can’t handle it! I find that the closer we stick to our “normal” routine, the more normal our bowels can be. Here are six tips to follow if you find that staying regular while traveling is nearly impossible … because it is possible to feel great during your entire vacation!
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After living with numerous chronic illnesses for over a decade, I've become the best co-pilot to bring along on any trip. We all know how tough it can be to eat healthy while traveling; add food allergies or intolerances to your trip and it can seem even harder. Aside from the endless packing and lingering jet-lag the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen preparing healthy food for your trip.
When you think about it, flying in a metal bird at 500 miles per hour is quite an unnatural state for our bodies to be in. We run into all sorts of problems at high altitude, like dehydration, lack of circulation, and lack of healthy food options. But with a little planning, it is possible to stay healthy on the plane! Here are some of my favorite tips:
Whether you’re embarking on a solo adventure, jetting off for a romantic getaway, or taking the kids to Disney World, travel offers immeasurable benefits. Trips provide a much-needed break from the routine, renew our sense of wonder, and deliver a fresh perspective on life. As Pico Iyer put it, "Travel is not really about leaving our homes, but leaving our habits." However, when we are living with allergies, food sensitivities or within a specific dietary system, it is precisely when we break our daily habits that we open ourselves to health risks. Whether you are living with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or following a Paleo diet, you’ll want to keep gluten out of your diet even when you may temporarily relax the rest of your healthy habits.
Summertime is here and that means soon, many of us may be travelling. Whether you’re headed off to see relatives out west or the sights in Italy, jet lag is often an unwelcome part of our travel baggage. As a frequent long-haul flier myself, jetting back and forth to see loved ones in my native South Africa (14 hours door-to-door), I often have to remind myself – and my frequent flier patients – that jet-lag is simply the body’s way of saying our circadian rhythms are out of sync with the places we wind up. As inconvenient as jet lag may be, the good news is that it doesn’t have to interfere with your travels. With a little planning and a few smart moves before, during and after your trip, you can ease your body into where ever life takes you.
For those who fly frequently, there’s nothing like flying with a bad cold or feeling one starting to settle in just after touching down. Fact of the matter is that flying is harder on the body than most of us realize, and avoiding “picking something up on the plane” takes a little effort. While keeping your immune system in fighting shape between flights tops the list, there are a few more steps you can take to keep bugs at bay without having to don a HAZMAT suit from JFK to LAX. Here’s how to make the skies friendlier to your health: