Whether you have a job that requires you to travel often (especially at year-end), you’re traveling with little ones to see family, and/or if you haven’t traveled in awhile, traveling can be stressful – especially at this time of year.
We all want to be able to travel with grace and ease. No one wants to feel under the weather when giving a sales pitch, visiting relatives, or going on that highly anticipated vacation. So, here are some great wellness hacks to protect and charge your system in the air, and on the ground. (I love healthy life hacks!)
Bring your own food
Nutrition is key to keeping your immune system on point. We all know nuts and a soda aren’t going to cut it on a long plane ride! Bring items like fresh cut veggies, dried fruit, skinny popcorn, green tea bags, and power bars to give your body the nutrition it needs. You can even pack a ginger shot if it’s less than three ounces!
Avoid the bathrooms
Airplane bathrooms are a cesspool for germs, so try to time your bathroom breaks for before and after your flight. If you can’t wait, make sure to pack some antibacterial wipes to do a quick wipe down before (and after) you do your business. 😉 It can make a world of difference!
Keep your shoes on
When traveling, the only time you should take your shoes off is when in line at TSA. The floors of airports and airplanes carry a lot of germs and your feet can easily transfer those germs into the hotel or into your home where these creepy crawlies are not welcome. Taking your shoes off at the front door is also a great practice! We do that at our home. I just can’t stand the thought that the very shoes that have tracked through public restrooms, restaurants etc would go through my home. Ewww! 😝
Wash your hands often
With all the advances in science, the best way to prevent disease and viruses is still simply hot water and soap. So wash your hands often throughout the day! You are protecting yourself and others. 😊
Recent studies have shown that intermittent fasting (not eating for a short period of time, like a day) can actually jump start your immune system and can even help you get over jet lag faster. Instead of eating on the plane, opt for drinking a lot of water, as the altitude can make you dehydrated. Have a meal only when you arrive at your destination. It will help your digestive system adapt to changing time zones too! (note: if you have blood sugar issues, please check with your medical doctor first. This might not be the best option for you)
There are many philosophies out there on how to recover from jet lag, but the simplest and perhaps most effective one is called “earthing” or “grounding” which means having your bare feet (or other parts of your body) touch the earth. By doing this, your body soaks up the earth’s negative charge, which reduces inflammation and makes you feel more refreshed. Sounds great doesn’t it?
Studies have even shown that this simple practice helps you improve your sleep, normalize stress hormones and yes, improve immune response! So once you arrive at your destination, kick off your shoes and dig your toes into some dirt, sand or grass. You may start to feel the effects right away!
Travel safe my friends and enjoy the journey as well as the destination! I would love to hear about the fun places you’ve been to recently. Let me know in the comments below!😁