How Not to Get Sick (travel well)

We took (an almost) Christmas break from His Holiness the Dalai Lama programming to bring you this word on nutrition slash keeping healthy while traveling.

I’ve eaten much rice last week while on the monastery and yet felt incredibly fed with all sorts of important nutrients (of a different, more spiritual kind). See earlier shares regarding these days with His Holiness: 

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So ~ someone asked me on Instagram what I take/do to keep healthy when I travel. 
From left to right, when traveling, I take all of these each day except for the oils,💃🏽:

• Camu Camu powder — super high Vitamin C content.

• Lypo-spheric Vitamin C — ditto, high quality and the typical lypo-spheric gel form works well, going straight to the places that need it most.

• Wellness Formula by Source Natural — all kinds of goodness. 

• Bio-active silver hydrosol — an amazing immunity-building nose spray.
 
• Vitamin D drops — always good for strengthening the immune system (ask your doc/research all these items, but in the case of Vitamin D, many of us are deficient. As one of my docs said, unless you’re traveling or live in a sunny destination and are actively and often are in the sun for a solid hour or more without a hat/protection, you need Vitamin D).

• Magnesium (Calm, powder form) — important mineral that most of us are also deficient in. It promotes restful sleep which when traveling keeps us healthy. 

• Sleep, drinking a lot of water and washing hands multiple times a day (anytime, but definitely when traveling) are all a must. Resisting the urge to constantly touch your face, nose or eyes when you haven’t washed properly is solid advice, too. These are a big three. 

• Underneath the Calm powder are melatonin pills (I take them the first 2-4 days, mainly when crossing multiple time zones to get myself on track (again, little sleep or bad sleep compromises the immune system).

• Lacrosse ball & mini roller for body aches. These may not be directly related to a healthy immune system, but they have everything to do with your I can walk, sit and sleep well “system”.

• Tea bags — of all sorts (only showing three kinds here but I bring  more) — drink a lot of water, yes, but when water gets boring or you realize you’re just not drinking enough, try switching to drinking a lot of simple teas (don’t add sugar or milk — both inflammatory agents). When I did my first fast, the nutritionist I worked with recommended spearmint tea to not break the fast, so I drink a lot of that as it’s as close as you’ll get to drinking pure water.

• Probiotics — healthy gut flora keeps us healthy. I don’t take these all the time for a few reasons, but I definitely take them when I’m traveling.

• Cocoa nibs, Brazil nuts and sprouted almonds (and seaweed, not pictured) ~ the cocoa nibs satisfy sugar cravings (but they have no sugar) and these two types of nuts are, not only great snacks, but are loaded with nutrients (Brazil nuts, for example, have a high Selenium content which is an important antioxidant and mineral needed daily for a strong immune system…just a few a day are great, I love the taste…p.s. sprouted almonds are also delicious). 

• Frankincense, Lemon, On Guard and Oregano oil (to name just a few that I typically bring…if I feel something coming on or feel like I’m dragging a bit, I make myself a shot of these mixed with little water, plus Melaleuca/Tree Tea oil and potentially Ginger oil.

Again, the main three I focus on most are drinking a lot of water, getting great sleep and washing hands often. Of course, a balanced meal filled with good fats, veggies and lean protein helps, too. 

Items missing from the photo:

Ear plugs 
Sleep mask 
Omega-3’s 
Being kind to airport employees
Going with the flow
Saying thanks  
Turmeric (omega-3’s, turmeric and magnesium are things I take every day at home).

And no, I didn’t bring many clothes to India, Vietnam or Thailand (meeting Josh and Nolan next in Vietnam) because my carry-on was filled with food and potions like these.

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Life is good,

 

 

 

Michelle Ghilotti
Success Designer, Brand Activator & Social Entrepreneur 

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