how to boost immune system while traveling

Healthy On The Road :: 4 Immune Boosters

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{When she’s not training clients or being trained by her dog Zuzu, Leah writes Healthy on the Road, published the first Thursday of every month.}

Our bodies have a sneaky way of lowering their defenses the moment they know their owner’s don’t need to report to work, school or any regular duty on Monday morning.

When I was a kid, my parents couldn’t even tell me we were going on holiday until we were well on our way. Planning and packing was all done behind my back---a ruse they were forced to perfect after one too many departures were ruined by my over-excited stomach.

Occasionally, my body still "finds the time" to get sick on vacation, yet the logistics of secret trip planning are a bit much to ask of my husband, so I strive to abide by these immune-boosting tips:

1/ Get Active Incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity, of any type, leading up to and during your vacation. You will sleep better and feel stronger.

2/ Drink Water & Lots Of It H2O; drink it before, during and after your vacation. Be sure to have your refillable water bottle with you at all times {for our FAVE foldable and reusable "Vapur" water bottle, see 2011 Cool Christmas Finds}. The only time that bottle should be empty is when you’re traveling through airport security! {Trip Styler Tip :: Pack a couple sachets of the powdered vitamin supplement, Emergen-C, to mix into your water bottle during travel for an added boost.}

3/ Catch Enough ZZZZZs Pace your trip prep by getting enough sleep leading up to your departure. Avoid the stress and immune suppression associated with last-minute packing---aim to be packed at least one day before you leave.

4/ Load Up On Fruits And Veggies “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” -True and wise words from Michael Pollen's book “In the Defense of Food.” Strive to first fill your plate with fresh fruit and veg. Not only is this the most natural and healthy way to get your immune-boosting vitamins, but it will help prevent vacation weight gain.

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