Traveling during the holidays can be stressful on both your mind and body. In this two-part series, we outline exactly what supplements Sharon and her family take when they're traveling to support their body's immune systems.
Note: This is not meant to be medical advice or treatment. Always check with your practitioner before starting any new supplement program.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that supports the immune system and Sharon and her family take extra vitamin C when traveling.
Sharon's favorite brands are:
- Dr. Mercola Liposomal Vitamin C - 1,000 mg
- LivOn Lipo-Spheric Vitamin C packets - 1,000 mg
- Look for "Lypo" - liposphric or liposomal supplements are basically when a nutrient, in this case, vitamin C, is combined with fat. Combining nutrients with fat makes it easier for the nutrient to pass through the lipid (i.e. fatty) bi-layer of the cell and be absorbed by the body.
- Don't overdose - Most people don't need to take extra doses of vitamin C throughout the year. You want to be careful with megadosing vitamin C, as it can cause a copper imbalance. During most times of the year, your best bet is to get your vitamin C from foods including broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi, and bell peppers.
Ever notice when you have to take a flight somewhere, that you can't go Number 2??? Well, that's because when you’re traveling you enter a fight-or-flight state and digestion can get derailed.
Proper digestion means that you're absorbing nutrients and expelling toxins, so it’s important that your digestion is functioning especially during travel when we're eating the food we're not used to and drinking more than normal.
Supplemental digestive enzymes help your body breakdown carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
Bio-gest Digestive Enzymes - Thorne
When shopping for enzymes you can get plant-based enzymes or animal-based. In Sharon's experience, animal-based enzymes tend to be more effective.
Hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) helps you digest your food by breaking down protein, while also helping to kill pathogenic bacteria that might be in foreign food you’re not used to eating.
Betaine HCL - Klaire Labs
Supplementing with HCL can be powerful. Work with a practitioner to figure out the correct dosage for you.