Toxin-Free Travel: Preventing Toxic Burden When Traveling
What's my plan to protect myself when exploring the world? Here are my top tips to enhance health and prevent additional toxic burden when traveling.
I was hesitant to make this post. There are so many things we can't control when it comes to environmental dangers that it almost seems silly in a way to try and write an article titled "Toxin-Free Travel." However the more I think about it, the more I realize the importance of sharing the things we CAN do to support our wellbeing as best as we can. We can't just give up and count it as a loss.
This year is a year of travel. We entered the new year having just got back from Asia and then Texas. January and February were spent at the mountains, and then Spring was spent in Europe visiting family and exploring magical Spain.
We love to travel. It's amazing to be able to marvel at God's creation- different landscapes, different cultures, different languages, different food. But as fun as it is, it's also exhausting and more often than not, causes a few funky health things to occur (I learned the hard way).
So with more upcoming travel plans this year what's my plan to protect myself? Here are my top tips to enhance health and prevent additional toxic burden when traveling.
Spending hours high up in the sky, walking for miles, sunbathing for days on end... all of these lead to dehydration. So drink up! I recommend carrying a stainless steel bottle or even better, one with a built in filtration system. While clean water is always the best solution to dehydration, certain beverages and drinks will not only hydrate you, but help sustain the fluids in your body so you stay satisfied for longer. Potassium-rich foods and drinks like bananas and coconut water can help you walk long stretches without reaching for your water bottle every few minutes. Adding a pinch of Himalayan sea salt to water can further help replenish electrolytes. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as much as possible, as those are further dehydrating.
2) SUPPORT MY GUT
Don't forget to support your gut health when you're away- it needs the assistance more than ever! Other than the other tips on the list, which all support gut and overall health when abroad, be sure to bring your probiotics! They’re proven to prevent travelers’ diarrhea, can relieve constipation, and support your immune system. When you get to your destination, find a supermarket and purchase some fermented foods- sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled veggies, etc. They are affordable, able to purchase worldwide and do wonders for your gut health. When we support our gut health, we benefit from strengthened immunity, and we prevent bad bacteria from finding its way in.
3) PACK A NATURAL MEDICINE KIT
Feel free to bring your favorite essentials but here is what is in my natural medicine travel kit: a high potency multivitamin and mineral blend, vitamin C (I take high dose throughout my travels), vitamin D, zinc lozenges, digestive enzymes, activated charcoal, and various homeopathic medicines- arnica montana, arsenicum album and belladonna. I also bring essential oil blends (sleep, energy, immune support), lavender essential oil (so great for burns, skin issues, sleep, calming, and MORE) and homemade bug spray. Yes, this may seem excessive to some but your body will thank you!
4) BRING ORGANIC MATCHA, TEA, AND COFFEE
If you are a matcha, tea, or coffee drinker, then don't forget to bring your favorite organic brand along for the ride! Coffee in particular is one of the most heavily sprayed crops and glyphosate can have severe impact on your health and wellbeing. Ideally, you would cut out caffeinated beverages altogether to avoid dehydration, but if you do fancy your morning cup of joe, stick with a high quality, organic brand that you know you can trust. You'll also save money too!
When you arrive at your destination, try and get outside- barefoot- as soon as possible. Grounding yourself after a long flight resets your inner clockwork to “local time” on the ground, and thus helps to reduce the jet lag. It also ensures that you get plenty of sunlight, not only training your body to stay awake when it thinks it should be sleeping, but giving yourself an added benefit of Vitamin D production, an immune system enhancer.
6) GOOD SLEEP
Lack of sleep, whether it’s caused by an early morning wake-up call or a trip across time zones, can weaken your defenses. Without adequate rest, the body loses precious time involved in regenerating and restoring itself, resulting in sickness. Get that cat nap in!
7) HEALTHY SNACKS
Healthy food options are often limited at airports. You have the selection of fast food chains, premade sandwiches, candy or potato chips. Am I right?! And it’s even worse on the flight itself – there’s often no food at all or a really awful selection of microwavable meals full of additives. To make things worse, sometimes when you get to the other end you are still limited. The solution? Pack your own healthy snacks! I love to bring boiled eggs, homemade paleo granola, cut up veggie sticks with a guacamole dip, fruit, nut butters, and more. You can read more about travel snack ideas here.
8) MOVE YOUR BODY
Just because you're on holiday, don't forget to move! Take 30 minutes every morning to go on a walk and explore the local area, stretch it out with a simple pilates mat sequence on the beach, or do some simple bodyweight exercises in the comfort of your Airbnb. For my barre babes? Hook up your Pure Barre on demand and squeeze in a quick 45 minute empower session or a 50 minute classic class.
9 + 10) HAVE FUN AND DON'T STRESS!
Relax, enjoy your vacation, and know that all you can do is try your best! <3
Beef Bulgogi Bowls
Makes 2 Large Bowls
1 lb. grass-fed rib eye or sirloin steak
2 tablespoons cooking oil of choice
2 tablespoons coconut aminos
2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic
1 tablespoon raw honey or sweetener of choice
2 stems of green onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
4 cups dark leafy greens
2 cups roasted broccoli
3 large carrots, roasted
3 cups cauliflower rice
+ hot sauce (to taste)
= spicy mayo!
1) To make the roasted vegetables, throw frozen broccoli and carrots onto a baking sheet, drizzle in cooking oil of choice, salt and pepper, and roast in the oven at 375F for 30 minutes or so. Remove and set aside.
2) Place the steaks in a large bowl with coconut aminos, minced garlic, raw honey, salt and pepper. Let marinate for 10-30 minutes.
3) In a large skillet, add cooking oil and saute the steaks (along with sauce) over medium high heat or until the steak is medium-well done.
4) Set the beef aside and slice into thin pieces.
5) Using the same pan, heat up your cauliflower rice in the skillet until piping hot.
5) To each bowl, add 2 cups of greens. Top greens with 1-2 carrots, 1 cup roasted broccoli, 1 1/2 cups cauliflower rice, 1/2 lb of steak and chopped green onion. Add a dollop of spicy mayo on the side, sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!
Isabella Grace is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner focusing on toxin-free, natural living to its fullest extent. Her mission is to provide personalized integrative health solutions to create sustainable, lifelong change and enable you to live, love, and serve at your fullest health potential.
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