There are numerous health benefits to traveling and vacating your normal routine. From checking off the bucket list, to taking a much-needed break from caring for aging parents and/or assisting with the grandchildren, we all seek a sense of freedom. Even science supports this notion. According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who travel are more open, emotionally stable, culturally aware, and they experience an increase in cognitive flexibility.
On the flip side, things like over-indulging in alcohol and rich foods, along with exposure to different food, water, and bacteria can derail the health benefits of travel. The following suggestions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable getaway!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!
This can be tricky if you struggle with frequent urination so pack more punch to your water intake by boosting your electrolytes. You can buy electrolyte-enhanced bottled water or pack electrolyte powder to add to your water. Below is a suggestion from Fullscript.
Pack some food for the drive or flight to avoid making poor choices.
Mock Chicken Salad with pita pockets or healthy crackers like Nut Thins
Whole Wheat Veggie wrap with hummus, cucumber, avocado, sprouts, and shredded carrots
Choose restaurants that focus on local cuisine. Ask your server what items are made in house and fresh.
Add veggies to the order.
Ask to add vegetables to whatever meal you are having. Choose from whatever the menu has on offer in the salad and sides sections.
Although one of the benefits of travel is that we tend to move more, don’t forget to take BYG with you and use the yoga library to help stay injury-free.
Supplements for travel:
Get your greens:
Go Light / Meal replacement:
Protect your immune system: