Easy Remedies to Ensure A Healthy Trip
Susan Repetto, of Nutrition House in St. Catharines, Ontario, is an expert on keeping healthy and knows how important it is to keep the germs at bay while traveling. We have the inside scoop thanks to Susan, who was happy to give us her top tips to avoid getting sick while traveling.
Susan has traveled with her family, (which includes young children) to Cuba, Jamaica, Italy, on cruise ships, and to Disneyland– and none of them has ever been sick, she says!
Read on to find out how to use natural supplements and remedies to help you stay well during your upcoming travels.*
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First up on the list? Oregano oil! This is Susan’s “go-to” remedy: she refers to it as “the medicine of the gods”. If you had to choose just one natural remedy, Susan advises, your top choice should be oregano oil.
It can be taken orally as an antibacterial aid, but also makes a superb spray. Just mix a few drops into a spray bottle to cleanse the air around you (of course, you need to do this with care!)– and voilà– you’ll effectively create own personal germ-free bubble. This solution can also be used to cleanse surfaces. According to Susan, this is a crucial precaution to take whenever traveling by plane.
Susan’s next recommendation is to take probiotics for intestinal “stamina”. If you take these regularly, just carry on with your usual regime. If not, add them to your daily routine for your trip. She recommends a supplement that contains a minimum of 10 billion live bacteria, in tablet form since these are more convenient for travel. With a higher amount, you will receive additional beneficial strains that may even help prevent unpleasant ailments such as food poisoning.
Typically, you will find that some high-quality probiotic formulas are indicated and labelled for special needs– labeled as especially beneficial for travelers or seniors, for example.
The third natural remedy Susan recommends for your adventures away from home is activated charcoal. To be taken in tablet form this literally acts like a “sponge”, according to Susan. She recommends 2 or 3 tablets for the most unpleasant of travel experiences: diarrhea. This remedy can also be useful in helping to ease the symptoms of a hangover, she adds.
Her next recommendation is for travelers to take flax seed (ground or whole) during your trip. You can easily sprinkle it on your food and can add it to anything, really– from yogurt and cereal to salad. Flax has a great nutty flavour, and is full of nutrients, including fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Delicious, soothing tea, anyone?
Next, Susan says, bring along a good detox tea in your suitcase. She refers to drinking beneficial herbal teas as “cleaning house”, and something that just makes everything “work better” in the body. She recommends an organic tea called Teatox, and notes that you can use the same teabag 2 or 3 times. This mini-cleanse will be helpful to liver, kidney and colon alike. Enjoy your tea hot or cold, depending on your preference.
Eat more fermented foods
Last but not least, try to eat fermented foods, such as kimchi and yogurt with live cultures, if you can during your travels. Again, this will act as a friend to your digestive tract, and help you to stay well.
Susan’s parting words? As an experienced traveler, she notes that we spend so much money to go on holiday. It’s worth it to spend a few more dollars to create your own “health kit”– avoiding getting sick and instead having the time of your life!
A word of warning:
We suggest that you not order anything supplements or other consumable products from Amazon. There are no ‘international’ control or standards applied to products ordered from Amazon; therefore, there exists a possibility of purchasing knockoff products without intending to.
Just about everyone has a reliable health food store in their neighbourhood or town where they can pick up these recommended items. You can also order online from Susan’s corporate website (her store is a franchise).
We’d also like to recommend this great article from Mary Elizabeth Dallas of Nutrition House with more great tips for beating jetlag.
Here’s the list of Susan’s recommendations, for easy reference:
- Oregano Oil
- Activated charcoal tablets
- Flax seed, ground or whole
- Detox tea
- Kimchi or other fermented foods
With thanks to Susan Repetto for her helpful recommendations. If you’re in the Niagara Region, you will find Susan at her store, Nutrition House, located at the Fairview Mall in St. Catharines, Ontario.
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