Over the Christmas and New Year break I have been thinking a couple more ways to share with you the information which are not just recipes. I thought the best way is to share my progressive learning whilst studying nutritional medicine is by introducing weekly “Friday Five”. Where I will share tips that I have learnt on my nutrition journey or pointers that have helped stay top of my game.
I hope that through this information shared might be able to inspire or just think differently to what you can do to help/heal and nourish yourself in a natural holistic way.
I start this #FridayFive journey inspired by my recent trip to Sri Lanka (where i have included my fave photos from this spectacular country) and how I kept healthy by just a few simple changes, included are tips that you might be able to take with you on your next journey abroad to a developing country.
In the past I have always picked up some kind of cold/fluey type symptoms from plane journeys which I think as a hot tin box full of germs. To overcome getting a cold/flu/stomach bugs/gastro which can completely ruin a holiday, this is what I have done to improve my chances of not getting sick throughout the hols.
- About 1-2 weeks before I travel dosed up on a good quality heat stable pro-biotic which is suitable for not having to be in a fridge. Why do I do this; this book states and I agree with it “inside our bodies are twenty times as many bacteria as living cells, and the role they play in keeping you healthy is no less important. Having the right bacteria is vital for healthy digestion, keeping your immune system strong and consequently for fighting infections.” It is worthwhile investing in a good quality one, there are many strains/types of probiotic which are all used for different symptoms. For travelling I used Ultrabiotic by Bioceuticals taken on an empty stomach about 1 hour before breakfast, but I would consult healthcare practitioner for dosage and suitability for person before buying. Before you go also include eating some good probiotic foods. I swear by my homemade sauerkraut in small doses (1 tablespoon) with my eggs in the morning. Pickled vegetables are also a great idea, I have been given the Cornersmith Cookbook which share lots of fabulous fermented foods. I don’t eat much dairy but yoghurt, cottage, cheese and kefir is great for boosting your immunity.
- Secondly, I take an Andro NK daily each morning before breakkie. This is a great way to give your immune system an extra boost, it helps reduce the symptoms of colds/flu as well as stimulate your immune response to bad germs.
- Thirdly, I bring a good vitamin C and zinc with me and whenever I get the itchy throat I boost up on it. Vitamin C is necessary for a strong immune system, for collagen and for bone formation, for energy production, as an an antioxidant (Source: this book) Tests have shown that good contents of vitamin C in the body, will also help the uptake of iron to happen more freely. Zinc is essential in leading a healthy life, its main role in the body is to protect and repair DNA, it works with vitamin C and can really keep your immunity tiptop. I use the metagenics one as it works best with me. If you have a long plane journey, it is great to dose on this throughout the journey as vitamins drop when on long haul flights and flight food doesn’t necessarily boost you full of goodies.
- It might seem like a no brainer for some, but I didn’t know until the middle of last year. If you are travelling to developing countries brush your teeth in bottled water, lots of bad bacteria lurks in pipes and can completely ruin your holiday. Also stock up on your bottled water and drinks lots of water, it is so important to stay hydrated.
- My final piece of advice when travelling to developing countries is I choose to avoid all dairy. It just works for me and keeps me feeling tip top, there is generally so much other amazing food on offer. I would go for black coffees, teas, no yoghurt, no cheese, no milky smoothies or chai’s. Sometimes the dairy has not been as treated in the way you are used to and could be rife with bacteria that you gut is not used to. People stick to UHT milk, but for me that has lots of nasties added to keep its shelf life.
The nutrition information is based on scientific evidence that I researched through books, journals and articles that have been proven to be valid as well as fact provided and absorbed from lectures or gaining a good dose through appointments with naturopath/nutritionists.
I stick to these rules/tips when travelling to most places. It just helps me enjoy what there is to enjoy, rather than constantly worrying about where the next toilet is located! or sniffling your way through a hot country because some child sneezed all of you on the plane.
Hope you enjoyed