There’s nothing better than traveling somewhere new and exciting. And there’s nothing worse than getting sick once you get there. Don’t let illness take you away from your holiday. Instead, try these surprising ways to boost your immune system, so that you can stay fit as a fiddle for the duration of your stay, wherever in the world you happen to be visiting.
Our immune systems are complex things. The “system” is actually a complex array of systems, involving antibodies, which are cells that kill foreign microbes and other invaders like toxins. Maintaining a healthy immune system isn’t as simple as popping a single pill, but a combination of the below practices should give you some noticeable results, and make your time spent away from home a holiday to remember.
There are loads of natural products out there that may help to boost your immune system. Some of the most popular are cordyceps (a fungi that acts as a parasite on insects!), Sambucus Elderberry Syrup, and high quality ginseng products. Many traditional medicines like these haven’t undergone the rigorous studies that modern medications (which are often based upon molecules contained in these plant medicines) have.
Nonetheless, countless generations of physicians and patients have observed the positive effects of these substances, especially as they pertain to health and wellness. All of these can be had in easy-to-consume supplemental forms, from trusted retailers around the world and web.
Make Sleep a Priority
Our immune systems suffer when we’re not well rested. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common side effects of travel. We miss sleep on the plane, we get jet lag when we arrive, and we put off sleep to make sure we get the most exciting activities out of our days and nights. And while this might seem like the best way to make the most of your time, getting ill will sink our plans for fun and frolic.
Fight the urge to take a nap during your first experience of jet lag. Instead, wait until the sun goes down and sleep when the locals sleep. This will help you quickly acclimate to your new area, and give your body the regular rest it needs to keep your immune system in perfect working order.
Moderate Drinking and Other Partyrific Activities
Drinking alcohol suppresses the immune system. So does smoking tobacco and doing drugs and all that sort of thing. You may not be traveling to Ibiza, but if you’re planning to do even moderate drinking while away, consider the cost, especially if you’re unwell or not perfectly rested. Moderate your drinking, especially in the early days of your visit, and build up to a level that feels comfortable, as long as your body feels strong and reliable.
Spend Time in the Sun…But Not Too Much
Time spent in the sun, or swimming in the water, is a great way to boost the immune system. Vitamin D gleaned from sunlight, and exercise from play, both stimulate the immune system in positive ways. Of course, if you’re not used to this kind of thing, don’t overdo it at the beginning of your trip. A bad sunburn will have quite the opposite effect of a reasonable tan, when it comes to immune system strength.
Nobody wants to get sick while traveling. It has derailed a holiday for all of us, at one point or another, or at least that of someone we know. Don’t let this happen to you. Keep your immune system just as healthy, while away, as you would when you’re safe at home.