Travelers: Increase your Immunity

Travelers need to increase their immunity because the demands of travel are taxing to the best of systems and the health care we are used to is generally not available once we leave our home base. Assuming you know how to increase your immunity while at home, the challenge while traveling becomes one of logistics and knowledge. The following are 4 important tips to share from my 10+ years of traveling.

Ensure quality hydration

Dehydration is a main stress on the body next to asphyxiation. Flying increases the likelihood of dehydration and aggravates its effects.  This is crucial for pilots and flight attendants. But as the pilot of your life, your optimal functioning is also related to your degree of hydration. A dry tongue is a latter, not immediate, sign of dehydration, according to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj. This means that if you feel your mouth dry, it’s time to make some changes in your lifestyle to systematically ensure increased hydration. We often think of hydration as a physical barometer. However, dehydration is also related to anxiety and depression, as well as a host of other complaints, none of which you need when traveling! So drink up!

And now the question is how. When traveling it’s a question of logistics. Here are some thoughts: Every time you think of eating think of drinking. Drink water rather than coffee, juice, or alcohol. You’re drinking to hydrate to be well, not for fun.  If you’re flying, let the attendants know before you board that you’d like a liter or two of water once they’re able to bring them to you. Invest in a travel water purifier. Google them. The MEC sells some as do other companies. Be sure to read the customer feedback sections. If you’ll be traveling in the desert, learn how to harvest water from the environment. It is better safe than sorry.

Salt is an important and often forgotten part of hydration. I recommend taking a small bag Himalayan salt crystal from which you could take a pinch a day. If you have more space, I would take along a separate bottle of Sole from which you would take a teaspoon a day with a glass of your safe water.

Oh, and how much water to drink? Generally till your urine is transparent. I know though that many people do not maintain this level of hydration even when at home!

Ensure quality nutrition

This is hard enough to do at home. Most think it’s impossible to do while traveling. It depends on your criteria. But following two suggestions may surprise you.

Living Fuel whole food supplementation. Myself and my family have been taking daily doses of Living Fuel for over 10 years now. I’ve found nothing that compares to it in terms of quality and wide-spectrum nutrition. Patients even like the taste of it! Yes, I do sell it. But that’s not why I’m mentioning it. You can also get it online yourself directly from the company for the same cost. Rather, I’m listing it as the first point under nutrition for travelers because it is in travel situations where it really lives up to it’s name: Living Fuel. For 40 days, in the Middle East during Ramadan one year, I was nursing a thirsty 1 year-old, running around with a 2 year-old, driving 4 hours/day through the desert, and working 6 hours/day. I was not able to eat or drink in public due to employer restrictions, despite it being allowed within Islam because I was nursing.  No matter: I upped my dose of Living Fuel and managed very well! Wherever you are in the world, camping, hiking, working, etc. Living Fuel is light and easy to transport (if you take it out of the container!) and will provide you the essentials of your fruit and veggies where these are not safe, convenient, or available.

Chia seeds. Use hemp if you prefer and will have no problems with the authorities. If there is any chance the authorities will hassle you about hemp, I would opt for chia as a satisfactory second. You see, you need the fats and the proteins which both chia and hemp provide. Living Fuel includes this. But I have found that in more extreme situations, more power is needed. And the chia and hemp provide that. There are other foods and drinks, but for the purposes of this article these two are what stand out to be mentioned most.

Ensure quality sleep
Another basic. But when you’re traveling, you are reminded of the basics, what is really important in life. Sleep is high up there on the list. Lack of sleep leads to a host of health problems, which you don’t need while traveling. Many of us don’t care much about the physical effects, but we certainly do about the mental ones! Without adequate sleep your thinking ability is compromised. Your mind is foggy. Your sense of time is altered. Your appetite is off so you tend to crave foods which lead to a whole other series of consequences. I recall once being exhausted in Fortaleza in Northern Brazil. I thought I’d managed to find may way to the Boarding Gate and settled in to wait for my flight. When the time came, I presented my ticket, only to learn that I was at the wrong gate. And …where was the right gate? Where had my Portuguese language skills gone? I had three connections to make. How was I ever going to make them? I was going to be late for work!! My mind was racing. Entirely not necessary, as I later learned to do the following: 1: Use a sound-cancelling headset for sleeping anywhere where noise interrupts sleep. 2: Pack black garbage bags and non-stick green paint trim tape. I use these to block the light of new rooms and various detectors and gadgets that have bright lights disturbing sleep. Truth be told: I will now pay the extra hundred dollars or so to do less stop-overs!
Carry an immune-booster.
Vitamin C is known for it’s immune boosting benefits. But the sodium ascorbate recipe below puts the store bought Vitamin C to shame. It provides a whopping 4000mg vitamin C which is readily assimilated and felt, without the digestive issues normally associated with Vitamin C. This is because the solution is alkaline and easy to digest. No, the chelated versions don’t compare.
Put in a large glass:
One teaspoon of pure Ascorbic Acid crystals, equivalent to approximately 4000 mg (without Calcium or anything else!)
One half teaspoon of Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
2 inches of drinking water
Wait till the fizz goes out
Fill the glass with water.
Note: This is a powerful boost and while most health care practitioners don’t know about it, it is recommended that you consult your health care provider to ask about any possible effects of taking it. For example: Do not take this before surgery as it may alter the effects of the anesthesia.
Enjoy the boost!
Happy trails!