Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling
Coming out of 2020 people are chomping at the bit to get back to normality. With the world slowly but surely opening back up, travel is at the top of a lot of people's to do list when it becomes a possibility again. However, traveling can wreak havoc on your body. A weakened immune system, dehydration, thrown off diet, and lack of exercise can lead to illness and throw you off the path to reaching your goals.
Your immune system is a miraculous and complex thing. Without it, your body would not be able to fight off viruses, bacteria, or any other pathogens. When traveling, and more specifically flying, you are compromising your immune system. Airplanes are the perfect breeding ground for illnesses. A confined space packed with people, all of whom are carrying a different set of potentially harmful pathogens. The altered atmosphere also plays a huge part in weakening your immune system's front lines. The decreased levels of oxygen paired with the dry air that comes with higher altitudes can actually lead to the mucous membranes in your nose and throat drying up. These membranes are responsible for protecting you from 99% of the disease causing pathogens we encounter on a day to day basis.
Luckily there are ways to combat this and keep your immune system strong while traveling. Most important is hydration. Keeping water levels high will help keep those important mucous membranes intact, which will help your body block any of those harmful pathogens from entering your body.
Supplementation is also crucial in ensuring your immune system is firing on all cylinders. Vitamin C supplementation helps block free radicals (harmful molecules) from attacking your bodies cells. This stacked with quercetin, another free radical scavenger, will give your body a much better chance at fighting off harmful viruses and bacteria that may be more abundant in the closed quarters of an aircraft. Both quercentin and vitamin D-3 help promote a healthy respiratory system in addition to their immunity benefits.
When taking vitamin C, quercetin, and vitamin D-3, it is also important to supplement with ZMA (zinc and magnesium). Zinc and magnesium are both ionophores that help the vitamins permeate your cells membrane, which in turn make it nearly impossible for viruses to replicate and cause a significant illness.
Outside of supplementation maintaining your fitness routine will keep your body functioning optimally. If you will not have access to a gym in your travels, resistance bands make for a great on the go training system that you can pack and take anywhere with you. We even have a full 25 day video resistance band trainer that you can workout along to for guidance if you need it.
On the go healthy food options may be slim. To keep your body optimal, nutrition is key. Avoid the unhealthy airport and airplane food options by bringing your own pre planned meals or snacks. Outright bars and O15 Nutrition Big-O bars are the perfect on the go snack. Made with whole foods and comprised of healthy fats, all natural carb sources, and highly bioavailable protein, they are necessary for anyone looking to keep their diet plan in check on while traveling.
And there you have it! Some easy tips to stay healthy and on track while traveling. With these small supplementation, exercise, and diet tricks you will be able to keep your immune system strong as well as your nutrition and training routines.