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Traveling mixes things up.
Think about it—we all know that a plane has much lower oxygen levels than what we are used to at ground-level. As long-time pilot and physician Brent Blue told Vox, "The cabin is only pressurized to simulate an elevation of 6,000 to 8,000 feet on modern jets. That's a significant difference for people who live at sea level and aren't used to it." In rough translation, sitting in a six-hour flight with blood oxygen saturation lowered by 5 to 10 percent can cause major fatigue in most passengers.1
The simple act of flying can also cause dehydration, swelling, and increased risk of infection as you breathe in up to 50 percent recycled cabin air from your fellow passengers.
Keep liquid Stevia in your healthy travel kit on your next getaway. This zero calorie herbal sweetener is small enough to fit in a purse or backpack and can help you avoid sugar overload on vacation.
That’s why we both love travel and sometimes avoid it.
If you have a sensitive digestive system, if your immune system reacts to the slightest red flag, or if you are simply devoted to a longevity diet, travel can complicate things:
A few simple steps can make a world of difference.
Feeling bloated or having a gastrointestinal tract flare-up can take away from the joy of traveling. Choosing to ignore your dietary needs while on vacation or away from home isn’t always the best idea, especially if you have seen a dramatic shift in your health while on the Body Ecology Diet. This is because an immune response to food, whether in the gut or elsewhere in the body, can be painful and distracting.
Below are a few tips to help you follow Body Ecology principles, even when traveling:
Find out what foods are and are not available in the area that you will be traveling to.
Carry Body Ecology-friendly snacks with you. Here are some ideas. Get creative!
On the road, Body Ecology fermented beverages, especially CocoBiotic, will keep you hydrated.
A travel kit should contain little essentials that could transform any basic dish into a Body Ecology delight. Use leak-proof plastic bottles, especially for liquid items. Customize your travel kit to fit your own needs and preferences. Here are some ideas:
Traveling itself, especially through several time zones, can cause your body to contract. Your body naturally responds to the stress of travel by contracting and becoming acidic. This happens whether or not you feel stressed. It has to do with the irregular cycles of cortisol and melatonin in the body.
Keep your body in balance and minimize the effects of cortisol by making sure you drink two ounces of Body Ecology fermented beverages several times a day. If you find that your digestion is sluggish, enzymes will help your digestive juices in breaking down food and resetting your hormonal rhythms.
Traveling can do more than make your favorite foods less available.
Travel can significantly increase the degree of stress in your body. This causes a fluctuation of hormones and can ultimately leave you feeling exhausted! Support your body and your needs while traveling, and you will feel refreshed and energized throughout your trip.
As much as you may be looking forward to your vacation, travel can place stress on your body and trigger digestive issues. It can also be difficult to stick to the Body Ecology Diet while traveling, unless you plan ahead.
Set out on your vacation with your best foot forward.
Use these Body Ecology-friendly tips to stay relaxed, refreshed, and energized throughout your trip:
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