“The first wealth is health”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Traveling can cause real havoc to our immune system. Change of routine, jet lag, getting acquainted with new bathrooms, environmental toxins and exposure to sick people. All these stressors can take a toll on our health.
As such, boosting our immunity before we travel makes a whole lot of sense. A strong immune system ensures we stay fit and healthy despite all the changes we will encounter. Plus, we all know how horrible it is to be sick when we are away from home. Here are some tips on how to boost your immunity before you travel.
It’s important to eat right all the time. But it’s even more important to eat right at least two weeks before our travel plan starts. Our body relies on good nutrients to function at its optimum. A diet high in fibre from grains, fruits and vegetables is a good way to ensure we are getting all the good vitamins and minerals we need for stronger immunity. Additionally, a good diet ensures regular bowel movements; a good indication that our digestive system is functioning.
Get A Good Night’s Sleep
According to a national sleep survey conducted by Nielsen Malaysia in 2018, nine in 10 Malaysians suffer from sleep deprivation. Experts can’t stress the importance of a well-rested sleep. Our body heals when we sleep, producing natural levels of melatonin and restoring our immune system. When we don’t sleep well, we are exposing ourselves to risks such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and hypertension. Sleeping is essential. So if you are having trouble sleeping, try practicing a relaxing bedtime ritual and keep to a consistent sleep schedule.
Say No To Antibiotics
One of the easiest ways to compromise our immunity is the frequent intake of antibiotics. Our body can recover on its own so there’s really no need to run to the doctor at the first sign of sniffles. Antibiotic reduces our levels of cytokines, the hormone messengers of our immune system. When our immunity is lowered, it’s easier for us to develop a resistance to bacteria or become ill more frequently. If you must take antibiotics, remember to finish the entire course. To boost your immunity, load up on probiotics instead. VITAGEN contains billions of live probiotic cultures that our body needs for good gut health. It’s easy, nutritious and delicious to drink.
Traveling is stressful as it is. Ensuring we are physically well and able is one of the best things we can do for ourselves before we travel.