Here’s to Healthy Travels!

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As Healthy Conscious Travelers, we know how important it is to be prepared. Not just for the weather, but for any number of health problems that commonly arise during travel, from bed bugs to dehydration and more. Here are just a few health issues you might face, along with simple solutions that provide prevention and protection. You can learn more in my new, groundbreaking book, The Healthy Traveler: 8 Pathways to Smart and Effortless Travel, available starting May 31.Watch here for details on how to pre-order your copy, along with two companion booklets, The Healthy Traveler’s Food Guide and The Healthy Traveler’s First-Aid Kit

Dehydration:
Dehydration is a very serious condition and can be life-threatening. So it’s important to drink plenty of water several days before your trip, on your trip and even after you return home. When you travel, bring a BPA-free water bottle with a built-in filter so you can fill it up at any water fountain once you’re through security, saving at least $5 on what you’d pay for bottled water.

High Blood Pressure (HBP):
Hydration is one of the best ways to manage healthy blood pressure. If you take prescription medicine for HBP, please continue to take it as scheduled. Travel is not the time to reduce or change your prescriptions. Also, manage your stress to prevent high blood pressure spikes while traveling.

Bed Bugs:
These little nasties are more common than you might think. Just like mosquitos, some people have the right skin, odor and pH that attract bed bugs. People who get hives are more prone to bed bug bites. Your best defense is a healthy immune system.You can also buy natural bug
repellant to take with you, especially if you’re traveling to warm, wet climates. I recommend Proof, which you can purchase at www.bugproof.com.

For more info on healthy travel, join The Healthy Traveler’s Global Movement on our Facebook here! Also visit the Healthy Traveler’s Global Summit website: http://healthytravelerssummit.com/

And may your every travel experience be fun, enjoyable and healthy!

Please feel free to leave your comments below about this blog. We love hearing from you!

Dr. Robyn Benson, DOM
Founder of the Self-Care Revolution
And Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health
505-986-1089
www.santafesoul.com
www.jointheselfcarerevolution.com
www.jointheselfcarerevolution/travel.com

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Dr. Robyn Benson, DOM

Founder of the Self-Care Revolution

And Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health

505-986-1089

www.santafesoul.com

www.jointheselfcarerevolution.com

www.jointheselfcarerevolution/travel.com

Restorative Sleep for the Healthy Traveler

Those of you who attended the Healthy Traveler’s Global Summit this month (lhttp://www.healthytravelerssummit.com/) learned that sleep is essential for vibrant health.  You can still check out the summit and listen to what Dr. Breus (a sleep expert had to share with our global audience).

Nothing impacts our sustainable health, good moods and a “get-up-and-go attitude” like a good night’s sleep. And yet a lack of quality sleep is one of the most common problems we face when traveling

Did you know that 1/3 of people worldwide are not sleeping well?

Whether you take a red-eye flight a night train  trip or an extended car trip, traveling can interfere with your circadian rhythms— your body’s clock—which affects your hormones, your digestive system and all of the body’s organ systems. Your circadian rhythms regulate your chemical and hormonal production and metabolism along an approximate 24-hour cycle. With erratic travel schedules, it’s common to experience brain fog, increased anxiety, belly bloat, swollen ankles and more.

But a few simple steps can ensure that you get good sleep while traveling, and even the full seven to nine hours recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.

* First, get a good night’s sleep the night before you start your journey.

* Avoid alcohol during the few hours before you go to bed as alcohol sugar throws off your blood sugar, causing your heart to race while you’re trying to fall asleep. If you already suffer from sleep problems, it’s best to avoid alcohol all together.

*Finish your final meal of the day or snack at least three hours before bedtime so you’re body won’t be working hard to digest food while you’re trying to sleep.

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At least two hours before bed, unplug everything in your hotel room that emits electromagnetic fields and light, which can keep you in a hyper-alert state. This includes computers, iPods, cell phones and Kindle devices. Move alarm clocks and other electrical devices away from your bed. If these devices must be used, keep them as far away from your bed as possible, and at least six feet away from your body.

*Sleep in a completely dark room, which stimulates the natural production of melatonin, a hormone that is essential for healthy, natural sleep cycles, and is important for aging well too!.

You’ll find many more tips for healthy sleep while traveling in my new book, The Healthy Traveler,: 8 Pathways to Smart and Effortless Travel, to be published this month, in conjunction with the Healthy Traveler’s Global Summit, which is receiving rave reviews!

One participant had this to say.  “The Summit was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  Probably the best and all-encompassing I’ve listened to so far.  I love to travel and this also addressed how to travel through one’s daily life.  My mind is exploding with all the new and great information.”

You can access all the info shared by more than 30 of the world’s leading medicine and travel experts during the Healthy Traveler’s Global Summit here: lhttp://www.healthytravelerssummit.com/.  To find out more about my services visit  Robynbenson.com

Do leave your comments.  We always love to hear from you!  Cheers to restful nights ahead!