Summer Travel Essentials

Nothing ruins a summer tan like lying in bed all day under the weather. Here are eight supplements you didn't know you needed to maintain good health on the road:

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Astaxanthin – Protect that precious skin from the inside out with this potent antioxidant. I start taking around 6mg daily beginning at least one week before my trip and continue for the duration of my sunny travels. I take two daily if I am spending a lot of time in the sun and notice I do not burn as readily.  I still ALWAYS apply my SPF beyond 20 minutes of sun exposure.

Rhodiola – This herb increases mental and physical stamina, making it a fabulous herb if you are moving across multiple time zones and dealing with jet lag. This herb will soften the blow and help you manage the loss of sleep with ease.  

Wellness Formula – My favorite immune boosting blend jam-packed with western and Chinese herbs, as well as the famous immune boosting vitamins that we all know work. Take 3 preventatively the day you are traveling and keep handy if you start to feel funky at any point during your trip.

Himalayan Sea Salt – Add ¼ tsp to your water that you sip on the plane. (Be sure to buy a large bottle for the plane; they do not serve you enough to prevent dehydration!)  The salt will help your body stay hydrated and ward off travelers constipation.

Vitamin C – I prefer Lypospheric Vitamin C 1,000mg packets. I take these to protect my immune system and shield my precious cells from the extra radiation my body is exposed to during air travel. Vitamin C is also protective and nourishing to the skin, which is getting a lot more sun in the summer months

Charcoal – Take 2 caps with a large glass of water if you suspect you ate something that could lead to food poisoning. Charcoal can ease food poisoning symptoms and help your body to recover more quickly. It can also be used for hangovers. Take with a large glass of water before you go to sleep or first thing in the AM when you remember.

Magnesium Citrate – excellent for calming the body AND moving the bowels. A great companion if you are prone to getting blocked up when traveling.

As always, consult with your healthcare provider to ensure you are doing what is right for your body.

Juliana King