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Travel can be extremely stressful. This is especially true during the holiday season.
Stress can trigger inflammatory responses in the body. Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease and cancer. Ina stressed state, we also may be faced with chronic cortisol elevation. This places us at risk for weight gain, sleep disturbances and cardiovascular disease.
But don’t despair, just 5 simple steps stand between you and a worry free, stress free and healthy holiday season.
Step 1: Manage stress BEFORE you travel.
Consider adding an adaptogen one month prior to travel date. As with all over the counter medications, it is recommended to consult with your physician before adding any new supplements. Want to know which ones we recommend? Make sure to download the full FREE guide here.
Step 2: Make wise choices!
There are actually some great options in the airport and while traveling.
Dietitian favorites include banana, almonds, Greek yogurt, low sugar granola bars, oatmeal, sandwiches on whole wheat bread and hummus.
Most airlines also have meal boxes for purchase. Pack a meal if you are on a special diet.
Stay on track with your meal planning, make sure to log all your meal in the Meals by Suzi app.
Step 3: Think before you drink!
Dehydration is very real during airline travel. Put down the high sugar coffee, soda, smoothies and juice and trade up to plain old water.
Celebrate and toast with alcohol in moderation.
Step 4: Get your ZZZ’s
Travel can disrupt sleep patterns, especially when coupled with time changes and jet lag. Luckily there are natural remedies that may ease the transition and allow for restful vacation nights.
Reach for food rich in tryptophan vitamin B6 and Magnesium.
Tryptophan is an amino acid that when consumed will convert into the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is them converted into melatonin (a natural sleep remedy).
Vitamin B6 also helps convert Tryptophan to melatonin. B6 deficiency has been linked to reduced serotonin levels, poor sleep and insomnia.
Magnesium is a natural relaxant that helps deactivate adrenaline. Inadequate magnesium can interfere with normal sleep and wake cycles. It can be known as the sleep mineral.
Step 5: Move Your Body!
Travel can throw off even the most regimented of schedules. Keep in mind that even though you may not be able to get in your regular workout, some exercise is better than none.
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