Lynn Laboranti, M.S., R.D.
The exciting experiences of travel--new environments, new foods, new time zones --are also what make it so taxing on the human body.
Lynn Laboranti, M.S., R.D., has some tips and ideas on how dietary supplements, can help maintain overall health while on the road. She suggests considering the following health staples to any road warrior’s travel bag:
1. Maintain a Balanced Diet: This is most important, however, eating at odd times or dining on unknown foods can tip the scales of a well-balanced diet. To receive all the vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthful diet, Laboranti suggests taking a multivitamin on the road. While never a substitute for healthy foods, multivitamins help to fill in dietary gaps whether in Kansas City or Katmandu.
2. Support Energy Levels: Laboranti recommends road warriors consider supplementing their diets with B-complex vitamins. While they help to support energy metabolism and production in the body, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, B-6, pantothenic acid, folate, B-12 and biotin in a B-complex supplement also help to maintain the health of the nervous system. Consider a B-complex supplement daily to keep up with the hustle and bustle of traveling.
3. Avoid Counting Sheep: For a good night’s sleep, melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain, may help promote sleep for a restless traveler. It helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle, which may be helpful when changing time zones. For melatonin, a typical dose is 2.5-3 mg per day at least 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime, or consider our Nature Made Sleep Natural Sleep Aid with melatonin and L-theanine to help fall asleep naturally. It is important to talk to your doctor before starting any supplement regimen, In this case, melatonin is not recommended: while taking any sedatives, driving or operating heavy equipment, during pregnancy, for people with severe allergies or certain autoimmune diseases, or with any depressive or endocrine disorder.
4. Support Your Immune System: Laboranti suggests a vitamin C supplement containing 250-500 mg of vitamin C daily. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help neutralize free radicals and support the immune system. Also, for immune system support and to simplify your supplement regimen, consider our Nature MadeTriple Probiotic supplement—a combination of a daily multivitamin and probiotic in one convenient capsule.
5. Arm Yourself For New Environments: The new sights we encounter on our travels are exciting, but the new climates sometimes make a trip go sour. Some antioxidant defenses can help keep you healthy. Arm yourself with a combination of antioxidants to fight off free radicals that can attack healthy cells. Also, consider our Nature Made Acai + Super Fruit Super Antioxidant supplement for a powerful antioxidant punch.
A probiotic supplement may help to keep your digestive system on track Laboranti suggests Nature Made Digestive Health Probiotic to naturally help build and maintain a healthy digestive system.
6. Energize to Maximize Your Travels: The herb, ginseng, is known to help maintain physical stamina. Also, ginseng is an adaptogen, which helps the body adjust to physical and mental stress. Laboranti suggests adults take 250-500 mg in standardized extract form daily. However, she strongly advises people with abnormal blood pressure, or anyone taking any medications, especially anti-depressants or insulin or diabetic medication, to speak with a health care practitioner before using this product. It is always best to check with your doctor or health care provider before taking herbs or other dietary supplements along with prescription medications.
7. Make A Pit Stop at the Doctor’s Office: There may be certain vaccinations or other preparations required before traveling abroad. Play it safe and make sure to check with your physician before departing. Some doctors and/or clinics specialize in travel medicine. Take advantage of these services to better ensure a safe and healthy trip.