By Reliv Product Marketing Specialist Tina Van Horn
Staying Healthy While You Travel
Many of you are getting excited about your summer travel plans, but here at Reliv we want to make sure you have a plan for staying healthy while you travel. We’ve all been there. You plan a relaxing vacation, but when you return home your souvenirs include digestive issues, icky infections or viruses or even some extra pounds. The good news is that with a little bit of preparation you can avoid these common health hazards typically associated with travel.
How to avoid calorie bombs
Regardless of whether you are flying, driving or using any other mode of transportation, check out menus online for dining options near your destination. This will help you avoid the temptations of the sights and smells once you sit down to order. Identify places you want to try that may have fresh, local fare that is typically far healthier than the standard chain restaurant choices.
If it’s available, look at the nutrition information for enticing foods. You don’t have to analyze every macro and micronutrient, but you will make better choices if you have a general idea whether your salad is 500 calories or even 2500 calories! Yes, salads can be bigger calorie bombs than many entree options! And don’t be afraid to make special requests, such as sauces and dressings on the side or substitute fresh vegetables for French fries.
Hydrate with H2O
Many of us have a tendency to get dehydrated when we travel, especially if you are flying. Typically we don’t drink enough because we don’t want to make pit stops or use the airplane lavatory. But dehydration not only contributes to some of the gastric upsets that are common to travelers, but it also zaps your energy and can cause irritability. Headaches and muscle cramps are some other common symptoms.
Don’t be tempted by sodas and sugary beverages and cocktails. The easiest strategy is to carry a water bottle with you everywhere and refill it often. Even at the airport, you can carry an empty water bottle with you through security and then fill it from a drinking fountain at the gate.
Healthy snacks and Reliv nutrition
It’s also a good idea to pack some snacks and small meals, just in case you get delayed or the available options are limited to vending machines or fast food. Some travel-friendly items include nuts, dried fruit, low-sugar nutrition bars, fresh veggies and Reliv products. Reliv’s powder formulas are portable, simple and convenient to take with you.
If you happen to get stuck in the airport on a long layover or delay, all of the major airports now have a really great variety of healthy options… if you can get past the smell of Cinnabon, which has about 900 calories for the average cinnamon roll1. Remember that tip about looking up nutrition content? Is that cinnamon roll worth 900 calories and the sugar coma that is going to drag you down for the next few hours?
If you have a road trip coming up, you have a little more freedom to pack your own food, so use that to your advantage. Baby carrots and other raw veggies are great because they are relatively low-calorie, loaded with fiber and help keep you hydrated. Not only are these relatively healthy suggestions, but they may also help combat boredom as you pass the miles.
Even convenience stores now stock a surprising selection of healthy choices like yogurt, nuts and fresh fruit and veggies. You just have to get past the mile-long candy display.
One thing you won’t find in a convenience store is a healthy energy shot, so don’t forget to bring your Reliv 24K®. Otherwise, when you find your energy lagging, you may be tempted by sodas or heavy doses of caffeine to give you a boost.
How to sneak in some physical activity
During a layover, get up and move around the terminal for some exercise and check out all of the food options. You will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of healthy foods that are available, like fresh fruit, hummus cups, deli-style salads and sandwiches. Some in-flight magazines even include simple exercises you can do from your seat like leg lifts to keep you from getting too stiff. Of course, if you’re on a road trip take stretching breaks each time you stop to refuel.
Remember to rest and bring your Reliv
Travel can certainly take its toll on your immune system, so make sure to schedule some downtime into your itinerary. Naps and vacation just go together!
The right nutritional supplements will also support your immune system and digestive health while you travel. Quality supplementation is important for optimal health even when our bodies aren’t stressed with travel. Chances are during your travel, you will be indulging a bit more than usual and you won’t be getting the nutrients that your body needs. Take some time to pack those Reliv products and take them consistently. Taking your Reliv products with you can make the difference between a relaxing and memorable vacation and one of those vacations that you need another week off to recover from.