Travel the World (without getting sick!)

By: Debbie Stevenson

Traveling is something that most people enjoy; that is, until you get sick while traveling. It's not fun to be in an unfamiliar town, searching for a doctor or drugstore in the middle of the night, unsure of what you contracted on the plane ride to get there. While the chance of getting sick will always be lurking in the shadows of your perfectly planned vacation, there are some tips that you can follow to combat germs and boost your immune system.

1. Wash Your Hands.

Okay, okay, I know this is SO simple but you won’t believe the number of people that actually don’t wash their hands. Hand washing is the first line of defense against the top illnesses that people get, so why wouldn’t you do it?

2. Close the Air Vent on the Airplane.

I know it gets stuffy, hot and uncomfortable on the plane but turning on the air vent is like turning on a giant circulator of germs. Since the air is recycled from inside of the plane, more and more germs just get pushed around. Lovely, right?

3. Be Consistent with Supplements.

If you take supplements, vacation is not the time to slack off on taking them. You are drinking different water, eating different foods, sleeping in a different environment.  They are the only thing that might remain consistent for your body! They are the backbone of your immune system and could help you fight off anything that you did pick up on the airplane before you even know that you have it!

4. Take a High-Antioxidant Supplement.

You’ve heard of taking a Vitamin C supplement when you are sick or getting sick, but a high antioxidant supplement takes this one step further. You are still getting all of the benefits of Vitamin C, plus the antioxidant power that fights free radicals in our bodies causing oxidation. Click HERE for my recommendation for one of the best antioxidant supplements on the market using Nutritional Hybrid Technology.

5. Drink Water.

Again, this is pretty obvious but many people actually forget to drink water once they get out of their normal routine. You get coffee in the morning, grab a piña colada at the pool, wine at dinner…and then you end up dehydrated. Most of the common illnesses are linked to dehydration in one way or another, so don’t forget that water!

6. Avoid Multiple “Rich Meals” in a Row.

Many people believe that traveling is all about trying new, different and exotic foods (my family certainly believes that!). It’s wonderful to experience a different culture and enjoy their foods, but having filet mignon with shrimp in a garlic butter sauce and cheese filled mashed potatoes every night for dinner is not going to be good for your body.You could definitely experience some GI distress if your body is not used to eating this way. But more importantly, when you return to your normal lifestyle it is going to be hard to kick those habits that you created. Eating decadent, “rich foods” should be a treat, not the norm.

I hope this helps next time you hop on a plane and go somewhere wonderful; and I hope that you are healthy and happy for the duration of your travels.

Bon Voyage!

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Debbie Stevenson is a leading nutrition and whole living expert teaching women around the world not just how to live well, but how to become the absolute best version of themselves. As a certified health coach, blogger and successful entrepreneur, cultivating the ideal lifestyle isn't her passion; it's her life. Find her free recipes, wellness tips and online nutrition programs at Debbie Stevenson and join her on Facebook for daily healthy living inspirations.

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