In part II of this series, we continue on with Sharon's top supplements for holiday travel.
Note: This information is not meant to be medical advice or treatment. Always check with your practitioner before starting any new supplement program.
The thymus is a gland that plays a critical role the functioning of our immune system. It produces and trains T-lymphocytes or T cells, an extremely important type of white blood cell. T cells defend the body from potentially deadly pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
A glandular, or glandular extract, come from the hormone-producing glands of animals, usually cows, but sometimes sheep and pigs. They contain dried and ground-up raw animal glandular tissues or extracts of those tissues – from the thyroid, thymus, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testis, and pancreas.
Using the glands or other organs of animals for medicinal treatment dates back to ancient medical times and is based on the idea that “like heals like.” For example, a thyroid glandular can help provide the necessary hormones when a person's thyroid is damaged or has been removed. Additionally, a glandular can help provide the building blocks necessary for repair or support of a particular gland, such as the thymus when it's under times of stress.
Cytozyme-THY - Biotics Research
Garlic is a powerful antimicrobial. Sharon recommends these drops any time you're going on a vacation where you'll be swimming - especially those out of the country - or if you're suffering from an ear infection.
Drops go in the ears, NOT the mouth!
Calm ASAP - Gaia Herbs
Are you a nervous flier? Or maybe you just have anxiety over having to make 3 hour conversation with Uncle Frank? Either way, if you have anxiety, this is a blend of herbs that acts quickly to help combat the stress response.
Not to be taken on a long-term or daily basis. Use for acute periods of stress such as test-taking or airline travel.
Magnesium is a super important mineral that's needed for over 300 chemical reactions in the body and we're constantly using up our supply - especially in times of stress.
Supplementing with magnesium during holiday travel serves a two-fold purpose:
- 1. It keeps you calm - Magnesium helps calm the body. It's literally called the "anti-anxiety" mineral.
- It helps you poo! As we said in Part I of this series, traveling causes many people to enter a stressed state, or, fight-or-flight mode, which can slow or even completely stop digestion and elimination. Unfortunately, when traveling you're exposed to more toxins than normal - spending time in airports, eating different foods, drinking too much, etc., etc. - so elimination is particularly important as it helps you get rid of those toxins. Magnesium, specifically magnesium citrate, will help keep you regular when your elimination is backed up.
Bioimmunozyme Forte - Biotics
This is Sharon’s very favorite supplement of all time! It’s a combination of vitamins, glandulars, and herbs that support the immune system.
Sharon takes this supplement a week before a trip, during, and after, but always work with a practitioner to figure out your dosage.
Other travel Pro Tips:
- Hydrate - Make sure you're drinking lots of good-quality water.
- Sweat - Try and find some form of cardio to get your body sweating.
- Remember: You are unique! What works for one person may not work for you - always consult with a health care practitioner to figure out exactly what’s going to work for your body.