Nothing beats a relaxing vacation but traveling to a destination can put you at risk for catching colds or even the flu, so supporting your immunity before, during and after any trip is essential.
Eating the right foods can strengthen your immune system, but sticking to an Fx™-approved meal plan on vacation isn’t entirely realistic. Here’s a simple recommendation: Do your best to enjoy as many veggies as possible and drink plenty of water each day, then support your immune and digestive system with the supplements outlined below.
Why focus on digestion? For starters, 70% of your immune system is housed in your gut. Second, eating habits tend to shift on vacation. More meals out mean more occasions to indulge in desserts, alcohol, and greasy, fiber-stripped food. While it is perfectly fine to indulge on vacation, it can lead to irregularity, so it’s important to give your gut as much support as possible.
In addition to keeping your immunity in check, it’s equally important to keep your cool. Travel days can be stressful, but that should not take away from your trip. The last two supplement recommendations below are natural remedies to calm stress and regulate sleep so you can feel your best and get the most out of your much deserved vacation.
Nutritional Roots Probiotic
Found in Heinen’s Wellness Department, Nutritional Roots probiotic is a fermented, soil-based probiotic offering multiple strains of friendly bacteria to support better digestive function and immune system health. The addition of prebiotic ingredients, like vegetables and mushrooms, serve as fuel for beneficial bacteria and help support their growth.
Heinen’s Vegan Whole Foods Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that serves as fuel for first line immune support against viruses and bacteria. It stimulates the production of hydrogen peroxide in your cells, which neutralizes health threats like infectious cells.
While a probiotic and vitamin C supplement are must-haves for immune support while traveling, Heinen’s Wellness Department offers a wide variety of Fx™-approved supplements for immune health. Click here to learn more.
Rescue Remedy Spray
Two sprays of doctor-developed Rescue Remedy Spray in your mouth can provide gentle, non-habit-forming relief from everyday stress. It’s made from a blend of five flowers identified over 85 years ago by Dr. Edward Bach to provide support in times of stress and emotional demand.
Melatonin is a hormone produced by your brain that regulates your sleep-wake cycle. Think of it as a natural sleep hormone—it helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Heinen’s melatonin supplement can help correct short term sleep problems that may arise on vacation. It’s also effective at preventing or reducing the effects of jet lag.
The best vacations leave you feeling healthy, refreshed and ready to jump back into your routine with gusto. After wholesome food, supplements can act as extra insurance for your health. And as you know, when you’re healthy, you feel good; when you feel good, you can squeeze more joy out of every experience.
Please consult your healthcare provider before beginning any new supplements.