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Healthy Summer Travel

Summer means hotter days and lazy afternoons. It also means it is time to take vacation. Traveling during the summer is fun, and there are a few easy ways to make it healthier. Remember to stay hydrated, and boost your immune system, which can be weakened when traveling, with vitamin C or American ginseng. Jet lag, motion sickness, food poisoning, and sunburns can all be bummers during vacation. Here are a few ways to help: 

Jet lag is a common issue when traveling and occurs when the body’s internal clock and circadian rhythm is thrown off balance when traveling across time zones. Fatigue, light-headedness, cognitive issues, loss of short-term memory, diarrhea, constipation, and sleep disruption are symptoms of jet lag. Avoiding alcohol or caffeine at least three hours before sleep can be helpful. Daylight is a powerful stimulant for regulating the body’s internal clock. In TCM, jet lag is addressed by restoring qi or energy flow and returning the body back to its normal circadian rhythm. Along with acupuncture and herbal formulas, eating vitamin B-rich foods such as broccoli, beets, bananas, strawberries, or mung beans can be helpful. 

Motion sickness is caused by an imbalance in the inner ear. This is recognized in both western and eastern medicine. Symptoms of motion sickness are unpleasant and include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sweating. Due to changes in one’s sense of balance and equilibrium, motion sickness can be prevented or lessened. Avoid reading while traveling, strong food odors, drinking alcohol, or eating heavily spiced foods. Health Concerns Chyzme and Plum Flower Curing can be helpful Chinese herb formulas for motion sickness. 

Food safety in hotter temperatures is important, and can help avoid food-borne illnesses. Some tips include refrigerating perishables within two hours, washing hands before prepping food and handling raw meats, and using a thermometer to check meat temperature. In addition, there are many TCM and natural approaches to strengthening and supporting digestion. Coptis, also known as Huang Lian Su Wan, is a good formula for addressing symptoms of food poisoning and intestinal bacteria. 

Summer also means protecting ourselves from damaging UV rays from the hot summer sun. Using a good sunscreen that protects our skin from UV rays is crucial to avoiding skin damage. A good sunscreen should have an SPF of 15 or higher, be water resistant, and provide broad-spectrum protection. Sun protection is the best approach; however, sometimes a sunburn can occur. Vitamin C can help alleviate sunburn damage. Aloe vera, oatmeal baths, and calendula cream can all soothe the pain associated with sunburn.