But anytime I travel to new cultures, it inspires a new sense of gratitude, adaptability, and wonder from within.
And speaking of adaptability - traveling can sometimes challenge our bodily systems in ways we normally don’t experience in every day life.
While in Peru, my body decided to process and adapt to a whole new level for a 24 hour period. Vomiting, chills, aches, digestion releasing (I won’t go into details for the sake of your own digestion), foggy brain - down right MISERABLE sums it up nicely.
Years ago, my body would have continued that “ill feeling” (or processing, letting go what didn’t serve it) for weeks. But because of the lifestyle habits I’ve practiced over the years, within 24 hours I was back to ease, back to normal, and to be honest, I felt like a new person - I felt EVEN BETTER than I did when I left. My body kicked that bug’s BUTT!
So for those of you who travel frequently or simply live life on the GO GO GO, here are some travel (and life) tips I’ve found to be very supportive over the years:
Get your NATURAL immunity into HIGH GEAR. Traveling to new environments can sometimes put the body into temporary “fight or flight” mode as it’s adapting to new surroundings, new food, new people, lack of sleep, weird travel times, lack of energy efficient foods, etc. Because of this, it’s important to make sure your body is adapting to those rapid changes. Here are some strategies to help:
- Immune supporting foods/oils: One of my favorite daily drink concoctions to support my immune system is hot lemon (Young Living Lemon oil OR fresh squeezed lemon) water filled with raw, minced ginger (anti-inflammatory/antioxidant), raw (local) honey (supports allergies), tumeric (anti-inflammatory) and cayenne pepper (heat = cleansing). If your taste buds are feeling brave, feel free to add minced garlic (anti-bacterial) and/or apple cider vinegar (active/supportive enzymes).
- SLEEP like a boss: Honor your full sleep rhythms (6, 7, 8 + hours a night) to build on your reserves before days of travel as sleeping on a plane/train/bus can hinder reaching you full REM cycles.
- Prep and plan in advance: Start packing a few days (or weeks if you prefer) in advance. That way you’ll give yourself time to go slow, not rush, and remember small details leading up to travel that normally in a “stressed packing mode” you might forget! No one likes forgetting your favorite travel pillow at home while already on the plane 😉
- Get your nervous system checked periodically: Chiropractic Research has shown that one chiropractic adjustment to the spine can increase immune cell production upwards of %300-%400!
- Pack Thieves oil: Thieves essential oil has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. My best recommendation is to purchase your oils from a safe, high quality source such as Young Living or DoTerra.
As always, keep inspiring!