5 Things to Pack in Your Suitcase
One thing I LOVE to do is travel. I’m even more excited that this time around I get to do it with the Whole & Holistic girls. This week we’re in Costa Rica celebrating our soon-to-be graduation from CCNM. Although, the trip is focusing on relaxation and rejuvenation, traveling itself can be stressful for our bodies. So to avoid needing a vacation after my vacation, here are 5 things I’m packing in my suit case.
1. Shelf Stable Probiotics
Taking certain strains of probiotics, like Lactobacillus rhamnosus, make it less likely for traveller’s diarrhea to develop. Already have diarrhea? Taking probiotics can help that too. In general, probiotics help regulate our digestive systems, while we’re busy feeding it delicious foreign cuisine. Pro tip: Many probiotics need to be refrigerated to ensure full strength, so make sure to pick one up that is shelf stable (meaning that it doesn’t need to be put in a fridge).
This is my saviour. Bottom line, ginger acts as a great anti-nausea without the drowsiness of similar counterparts. There are a few different forms available but my favourites are ginger chews/lozenges or in direr situations capsules! Bonus - this supplement is very inexpensive.
Magnesium is a natural laxative and is great for promoting bowel movements. If you’re a person that tends towards constipation, magnesium might be something you want to have on hand. FYI magnesium is not considered a stimulating laxative, meaning you won’t have a BM immediately after taking some.
Normally, this hormone is released cyclically every night and can get wacky when travelling to different time zones. Supplementing with melatonin helps quickly reset your sleep cycle to ensure the best sleep. Fun Fact: melatonin also helps regulate peristaltic waves at night (the waves in your GI tract that move food), and the lack of it is another reason why people are more prone to constipation when travelling!
5. Electrolyte mix/water
Hydration is key especially in hotter climates and long days of exploration. Make sure to pack a water bottle in your suitcase to carry with you.
It’s also important to protect your skin because chances are you'll be spending more time than usual outside. Visit our past posts on picking a sun screen and treating sun burns. Honourable mention includes podophylum homeopathic for traveller’s diarrhea symptom reduction.
Note: Never try supplements for the first time while on vacation. Trying them before hand will avoid unexpected reactions that may ruin your carefully planned time away.
Disclaimer: Any information on this website are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be used in place of professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health care practitioner before starting any natural health supplements. Each supplement mentioned has it's own dosing and interactions.