Wherever you are off to this winter, traveling with a few key supplements can make for a much happier traveler. These are the supplements that I like to travel with:
Probiotics- Gut. This will help to keep your digestive system content and less susceptible to catching a little bug (traveller’s diarrhea). Make sure that you chose a shelf-stable one that doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge and that it contains the Saccharomyces Boulardii.
Melatonin- Sleep. Nothing is worse than not being able to sleep because your body is telling you it is still the middle of the day. This is extremely important if you are crossing time zones in your travels to help keep your sleep-wake schedule on track.
Ginger- Multi-Use. This is great taken acutely for anything from headaches, period cramps, to nausea and digestive upset.
Digestive enzymes- Gut. If you’re going to be eating different foods that aren’t typically in your diet and at different times of the day, a digestive enzyme may be what you need to keep the bloating and abdominal discomfort to a minimum.
Magnesium Bisglycinate-Multi-Use. If you’re putting a lot of kilometres on your body (i.e you’re on the move walking/biking/swimming etc.), magnesium can hep those muscles to relax after a big day. Magnesium also has a relaxing or calming effect on the central nervous system, making it useful for sleep and mood as well. If you are someone with a tendency towards constipation, you may also want to consider bringing magnesium citrate.
Electrolytes- Hydration. If you are out in the sun or on a very physical adventure, make sure you are replacing the electrolytes you’re naturally losing throughout the day. These can easily be added to the water you are drinking. Electrolytes saved me on my Inca trail hike.
Activated Charcoal- Gut. This can be used acutely for it’s ability to bind toxins, such as in the case of food poisoning. Thankfully, this is not one I have needed so far.
I will add in other items depending on the location I am travelling to, the type of activities I’ll be doing and the duration of my travels. This is an example of what I took on my 3 week trip to Peru, where we hiked the Inca Trail for 4 days.
Be sure to speak with a qualified health care professional before beginning any supplements to help ensure safety, appropriateness and therapeutic dosing.
Yours in health,