Travel Essentials For Health Junkies
I’m the girl that prioritizes fish oil supplements and Green veggie powder over makeup and a hair iron in my limited packing space when traveling. A steady health and wellness routine, especially when on the road, is important because it keeps you grounded and maintains your body’s natural rhythms. There are a few essential products I use day in and day out to maintain my mental and physical wellbeing, I always find a way to make these few things fit into my pack, but these products are also a perfect way to enhance your health even when not traveling!
1. Coconut Oil Packets
There are so many uses for coconut oil, from cooking with it, to slathering it all over my body after a bath and everything in between, it is something I’m not sure I could live without. It’s main uses for me when traveling include: blending it to my bullet coffee/matcha in the morning for a boost of satiating and energizing healthy fats, and using it as a make-up remover and moisturizer. I also use a tiny drop to smooth down fly-away or frizzy hairs! Trader Joe’s sells large packages of these travel sized saviors but I have also used the brand Spectrum found at Whole Foods.
2. Fish Oil Supplement
This supplement is in my opinion the most important to take daily, especially when you are on the road and can’t always get your regular healthy options. The Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil are the building blocks of anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body as well as the building blocks for almost all of our hormones; from the basic sex hormones, to the happy hormones serotonin and dopamine. Look for brands that use wild caught fish (like New Chapter) or if you are vegetarian you can get a omega 3 supplement made from algae.
3. Natural Vitality CALMS Magnesium Drink
Magnesium deficiency is one of the leading nutrient deficiencies in adults (80% of adults being deficient) and surprise surprise this mineral is found mainly in fresh fruits and vegetables. Magnesium has over 300 biochemical functions in the body, but in simple terms it helps us to relax our muscles, it aids in nervous system functioning and most importantly for traveling, helps keep things “regular” if you know what I mean. I take my magnesium in magnesium citrate form using Natural Vitality’s raspberry lemon powder in a warm or cold glass of water before bed. This drink not only relaxes and distresses you, but it helps me to sleep straight through the night (great for taking before a red eye flight). I swear by this stuff and have been using it for over a year now.
4. Nut Butter Travel Packets
I may be a nut butter addict, but hey I guess it could be worse. Nut butters are a great was to get heart healthy and anti inflammatory fats with a bit of protein as well. When I know I am going to need something to hold me over on a flight or a hike, I throw a few packets in my bag and eat them straight or squeeze them onto a banana or apple. Look for organic brands that have minimal ingredients and no added oils (besides maybe coconut oil), some personal favorites of mine include: Wildfriends, Artisana and Probar. I also try to limit peanut butter because peanuts are actually a legume not a tree nut and can therefore cause some inflammatory issues in most people, I tent to stick to other nut butters like almond, cashew and walnut.
5. Amazing Grass Belly Elixir
The first thing to get out of wack when changing up routines and time zones is digestion. In order to keep things regular and protect against foreign bacteria when traveling, I take like to add a green powder to my smoothies or water bottle that not only has herbs that aid and strengthen digestion, but also had added adaptogens. An adaptogen is an herb that helps your body respond to stress properly, and since the body is often more stressed when traveling due to being exposed to new environments and new sleep patterns, These herbs will help it adjust. My go to is Amazing Grass Belly Elixer which contains basically all the main adaptogenic herbs, digestive enhancers and has boost of rich greens. If you aren’t use to the strong flavors of adaptogenic herbs, start by adding small amounts of this powder to smoothies and slowly incorporating more over time.