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10 Healthy Travel Tips

traveling tipsWhen holiday come, most people decide to rest and relaxing their body and mind by traveling to ‘dream’ place. But, sometimes you have bad condition caused by long trips. Here are ten tips to keeps you healthy during your vacation by Dr. Maoshing Ni.

1. Stay hydrated
Long travel can leading to bad conditions like headaches. Drink at least 80 oz of water per day at room temperature and avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol.

2. Snack-tacular
Bring along a mix of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit fill your energy and curb your hunger when you feeling hungry on the road but avoid eating big meals. Studies show that under-eating can reduce symptoms of jet lag.

3. Stress-free with flexibility
The best way to overcome the stress of encountering an unexpected sticky situation is to adopt an attitude of flexibility. Remember, everything that happens, whether bad or good, is all a part of your travel adventure. If you find yourself in an especially stressful place, take a few deep breaths, put the problem in perspective, and you will feel ready to take the next step.

4. Take dandelion for TD
Make tea from dandelion root when you got diarrhea during traveling and drink plenty of liquid to avoid dehydration. You can bring along a few tea bags and drink one cup three times a day.

5. Shake off jet lag
To rapidly repair your body’s clock while crossing multiple time zones, soak up the sun for 30 minutes when you arrive at your destination. If you arrive at night, take one milligram of melatonin, a natural hormone produced by the body’s pineal gland, one hour before bedtime to help you reset your internal clock.

6. Sleep well
If you have sleep trouble caused by jet-lag or different scenery tries these remedies:

  • Add two drops of rosemary oil to one cup of warm water and drink in the evening two hours before bedtime.
  • Valerian and chamomile teas are both good for relaxing and regulating sleep; these are best taken at night.
  • Essential oils of lavender, geranium, and rosemary are useful aromatherapies for jet lag. Massage them into acupressure points below or simply the temples.

7. Combat stiffness with stretching
Stuffed into a car, a tiny airplane seat, or wherever you find yourself in your travels for a long time can make your body feel stiffness. Do your best to get some stretching time in. Take breaks on car trips to walk around, do some knee bends, and gently move all of your joints around in a circular motion.

On an airplane, try to stretch in the aisles, if permissible. If not, you can do some small stretching in your seat. Breathe deeply and move your head from side to side and pulling your knee gently to your torso. Raise your arms above your head and really stretch.

8. Combat motion sickness with ginger
Ginger alleviates digestive distress. As an added benefit, the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can help inhibit the onset of migraine headaches. If you know you are prone to motion sickness, begin a ginger treatment a couple of days before your trip and continue to use ginger throughout your travels.

9. Leave yourself plenty of time
Rushing around is a sure-fire way to put hiccups in your travel plans-cutting into your vacation time. If you really have trouble adhering to a schedule, write up a simple list with departure times marked 15 minutes earlier than they really are.

10. Give yourself a break
Hit the reset button on your energy with this dao in massage: take one of your heels and rub it against the sole of your other foot until you feel heat in the massaged foot, then reverse the feet and repeat with your other heel. This will stimulate blood flow into the lower extremities (great for tired travel legs!), and it also activates an important acupuncture point for energy and vitality called Gushing Spring.


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