9 Essential Health Supplements for Travel
“To travel is to live”- Hans Christian
We love this quote! Just the ideas, thought and feel of traveling to a new destination, and even to the same place give us the motivation to stay healthy and #livewell. In today’s world, it’s not only me or you who love’s travel. Indeed, everybody loves to travel but traveling is fun and less tiring only when done in a healthy way, without getting sick. But today’s scenario is such that while traveling we often forget our meals, mid meals, daily nutrient requirement and munch on whatever is available at the time and place. Hence, it creates a big gap between proper meals and nutrient deficiency takes place in our body, which we do not realize. So, here comes the role of essential health supplements for travel.
This means that by taking some simple precautions and adding health and dietary supplements for travel in our diet, we can increase our energy levels, decrease fatigue, minimize jet lags, reduce the risk of traveler’s diarrhea and increase our immunity to fight against the unfamiliar germs.
So, in this post, we will be listing and categorizing the supplements for travel- as general traveler supplements and international traveler supplements.
Note: We have enlisted the health supplements of travel below, according to our knowledge and experience. You can pick and choose according to your own body requirements, only after consultation with your nutritionist or doctor.
Basic Supplements for all Travellers
The Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant. It keeps the immune system strong, perky and also aids in wound healing. So, while traveling when our body gets exposed to the unfamiliar environment, the Ascorbic acid assists our immune system and helps us to fight against diseases. So, a traveler can always keep a bottle of GNC Vitamin C tablets with him/her.
Vitamin D is a pivot for healthy bones and joints. It is a steroid hormone that impacts every cell of the body, helps one to stay active and strengthens the immune system.
Acc. to the recent studies, 70% of the population in India has Vitamin D deficiency. That means high chances of brittle bones, fracture, Lethargy, and weakness. And travel is no fun if you are not active and feels fatigue even after a small walk. So, start taking Vitamin D supplements, after proper consultation and diagnosis, to be fit every day.
Note: If you are traveling to places with a warm climate and will be spending lots of time catching rays, their vitamin D supplements probably isn’t necessary. However, if you will be staying mostly indoors, or heading to a cooler climate than consider packing vitamin D supplements to increase immunity.
Constipation and stubborn irritable bowels are the common occurrences in travel. Along with it come a headache, anxiety, fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea, weakness, and sleep deprivation especially when you are on the run and have meetings scheduled throughout day and night. The main reason for all of these effects is low magnesium intake as compared to the body’s requirement. So, frequent travelers do pack Magnesium supplements.
Magnesium is a supernatural relaxant. It overall relaxes body muscles including the intestinal muscles, hence treats constipation. It also helps in the production of brain calming relaxant hence no headache, anxiety, and insomnia.
Note: Take Magnesium Glycinate to fulfill daily body’s nutrient requirement and for relaxation. Whereas Magnesium Citrate for a comfortable bowel movement
This is the most important supplement and we recommended it for every traveler to avoid digestive disorders and Traveller’s Diarrhoea.
We are sure nobody would like sitting in the washroom, when on a vacation. Acc to the CDC study, 30-70% of travelers suffer from traveler’s diarrhea, due to poor hygienic preparations in local restaurants.
So, the probiotics are effective in treating constipation, irritable bowel syndrome. And they also bolster the immune system, so prevents traveler’s diarrhea. They also keep gut healthy during a course of antibiotics.
Personally, we recommend GNC Probiotics, as they are enriched with Vitamin C, Vitamin D. and they provide digestive and immune system support
Ginseng is an adaptogenic and immune booster. So, during travels, if you are planning for unusual activities, it will help your body build stamina, adjust to unusual physical exertion and stress.
You can check GNC Ginseng dietary supplement here.
During travel, there are no fixed meal times. Indeed, many times we skip our meals due to strange foods or not having proper access to fresh fruits, vegetables. So, here comes the role of Multivitamins.
One multivitamin daily during your trip can support your enforced change of diet and counter any lack of essential vitamins and minerals.
Health Supplements for International travelers
While traveling internationally, jet lag disrupts our sleeping pattern and hence, affecting our digestive system as well as appetite. So, along with some basic supplements, we need some more here.
This supplement is never a must but only in extreme scenarios. We advise, first, let your body clock gets adjusted to the changed time zone. If it doesn’t work and still you feel a lot of stressed, un-comfortableness, and sleep deprived, then go for melatonin supplements.
Digestive Enzymes and Herbs
While traveling, digestion slows down, leading to fullness, bloating and gas. So, to counter that inconvenience GNC offers a deep cleaning formula, a perfect blend of digestive enzymes, fibers, and acidophilus.
Oil of Oregano
It is a natural antibiotic and can treat various infections like viral flu, cold, stomach infections etc.
Health Supplements for travel – How to carry them
Look at that list. It means you need to haul a separate bag for health supplements for travels but the answer is complete no. Just take a medicine organizer and add your supplements to it for the no of days you will be traveling. This won’t occupy much space in your baggage.
For International Travels: Check with the doctor at travel clinic the medicines and the quantities that are allowed in transit
Apart from all these health supplements, do carry some energy bars, and nuts with you, to avoid junk food. Are you taking any of these health supplements for travels? If yes! Do let us know by commenting below.
This article has been written in association with GNC India. We attended their event as Bloggers at Indian Habitat center, for the campaign #fillingthegap. The event was attended by celebrities like Nishwin Parikh, Manjot Kalra, Mrs. Anita Jatiana and Dr. Mukesh Goyal.
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