TOP 5 HEALTHY TRAVEL HACKS NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT
Many full moons ago in the Pantanal Wetlands in Brazil I lay practically naked on a very uncomfortable wooden bed-type-thng whilst a shaman and his buddy (definitely not a shaman, I never found out who he was) shook leaves and other things that made curious sounds over my back.
This whole scenario was taking place because my back was totally wrecked due to working for 9 months without breaks leading expeditions through Brazil, Chile and Argentina whilst not giving a second thought about my spine.
If you're a frequent traveler and would like to avoid being half naked in the jungle surrounded by Shamans then I suggest you keep reading (if the idea of being naked in the jungle with strangers floats your boat then just let me know, I've got contacts in all sorts of funny places).
I've been meaning to write this post for a long time and I really hope it helps.
May your travels be healthy and eyeballs look fabulous for years to come.
1: YOUR SPINE
Whether you’re a business traveller, a vacationer or an adventure traveller — taking care of your back should be a consideration.
As a regular traveller there’s often extra pressure put on this part of your body and carrying unevenly distributed weight on your back over time can affect your spine.
Brief cases, handbags, rucksacks or day bags, pay close attention to how much how much your bag weighs and how evenly distributed the weight is on your back.
1: Focus on exercising and strengthening your core, abs and back muscles.
2: Wear shoes that support your spine
3: Book a massage once a month if possible to help release tension
4: Avoid putting undue stress on your spine by practicing proper posture and maintaining a healthy weight.
2: WHY YOU MUST CHEW YOUR FOOD MORE
Frequent travel often means we either eat on the move or at one-hundred-miles-an-hour and chewing more may just change your world — here’s why.
Digestion begins in the mouth. As you chew your food, digestive enzymes found in saliva start to break it down, preparing it for absorption.
Not chewing your food properly can lead to all sorts of not-so-sexy things like excess gas, bloating, digestive issues, constipation and lethargy.
1: Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, sit down to eat (muy importante amigos).
2: Aim to chew each mouthful at least 5 to 10 times.
3: Go high fibre as mush as possible.
4: Stay hydrated by using a BPA free airport friendly water bottle.
3: WHY REDUCING YOUR TOXIC LOAD IS IMPORTANT
On basic level, if toxins build up you can get sick and fat and as a frequent traveller, your exposure to toxins is increased.
In a healthy body, the process of detoxification runs smoothly. When you become toxic, the mechanism for detoxification in the liver gets sluggish, and certain toxins can remain active longer than we want or than our systems can handle.
This can make you sick and impedes normal metabolism. It also causes fluid retention, bloating, and puffiness.
1: Eliminate the use of plastic wherever possible.
2: Incorporate detox foods.
3: Detox your mind.
4: Read this post on how to reduce your toxic load in 5 days.
4: WHY LOOKING AFTER YOUR EYES IS IMPORTANT
Nobody ever talks about this!
There’s so much more to healthy living than green smoothies and broccoli, taking care of your eyes is especially important when traveling and so easily overlooked.
A constantly changing geographical environment, sun exposure, sleep deprivation, environmental factors and the lack of humidity in an airplane cabin can cause all sorts of eye related issues.
Protecting your eyesight should be an essential part of your overall health care routine.
1: Make sure you buy 97% -100% UVA and UVB sunglasses.
2: Use eye protection all year.
3: Choose wrap-around styles that block the sun from the side.
4: Get your eyes checked at least every 2 years.
5: HOW TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS ON THE ROAD
While travelling and visiting new locations can be fun and exciting, the demands of being away from friends, family and loved ones for extended periods of time can put a strain on your relationships.
You can make the best of this situation by prioritising your relationships wherever you are in the world.
Try implementing these action steps into your next travel itinerary and for a full break down of how to do things together, separately like training for a fitness event, have a read of this article.
1: Do things together, separately — commit to training for a fitness event or read the same book as your partner, close friend or family member.
2: Making keeping in touch a top priority, schedule it on your calendar.
3: Be fully aware of the needs of others.
I would love to know which of the 5 healthy travel hacks you're going to take action on, let me know in the comments below.
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I'm Emma, Integrative nutrition Health Coach and full time traveller here to help you feel and look your best wherever you are in the world — I really hope you find some value in this post.