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RV Health: Staying Healthy in Varying Climates

RV Health: Staying Healthy in Varying Climates

Staying Healthy in Varying Climates

When you are traveling from state or even from city to city, you may find that health issues can creep up. As you change climates it can wreak havoc on your allergies and other health issues like arthritis and gastrointestinal conditions. The last thing you want to contend with while vacationing is a stuffy head or anything else that will slow you down and keep you from enjoying your adventure. These are a few tips for staying healthy while traveling.

Eat fresh when you can.
Avoid preservatives and overly processed foods whenever possible. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. Carry your own bottled water for washing your food and preparing it to avoid any problems. Processed foods tend to be laden with sodium, preservatives, and chemicals that most people can’t even pronounce. By sticking with fresh foods you are giving your body what it needs, in the proper form, to give you energy and good health.

Try nettle tea for hay fever.
Nettle tea is my go-to for seasonal allergies. In fact, I have cured myself of many of my allergies just by drinking the tea and adding local honey. Using nettle tea for allergies is effective for many people. The nettle is a natural antihistamine, it tastes wonderful, and it works much better than over the counter medications. Sometimes I add a little dried chickweed and dried honeysuckle (when I can get it) because both are great antihistamines (and honeysuckle makes an awesome tea!) You may have to drink a couple of cups before you see significant results, but it does work.

Get some local honey.
Some doctors say local honey doesn’t do anything for allergies but I have found otherwise. In fact, I would say you should always have some type of raw, unfiltered honey in your kitchen. I have used it to cure fever blisters, relieve sore throats, soothe stomachs, and even ease sinus headaches. I applied it to a fever blister that had randomly come up. I applied the honey to my lips every time I thought about it and within 24 hours it was gone. That is because raw, unfiltered honey is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.

Take your vitamins.
There was a time when people got their vitamins from the foods they ate and the time they spent outdoors. That isn’t really the case anymore. Vitamin supplements can boost your immune system and help keep you healthy while traveling. Some pill forms break down easily during digestion, but many do not. If you can manage to take a liquid or chewable form of vitamin you will stand a better chance of absorbing what you need. I got a powder from GNC and I mix it with soy milk then drink it like a shake. It is a great snack.

Get a vitamin C boost when you change climates.
When people start feeling under the weather many will reach for vitamin C. While that is a smart move, many vitamin C supplements have a lot of sugar. I do know that Emergen C Super Orange is pretty reasonable in the sugar department. In fact, a natural nutritionist friend of mine recommended it to me. It is a great way to boost your vitamin C for a little extra protection.

Stay hydrated
Hydration is an ongoing struggle for many people. With all the different, tempting drinks out there it is easy to be wooed away from plain, pure water – but it is essential for good health. I love water, but my husband doesn’t care about it much. So I put a certain amount of bottles in the refrigerator in the morning and that is his goal for the day, to drink the water. If you need help remembering, that’s a good way to do it. Sodas, coffee, and even certain teas can actually dehydrate you so keep those drinks to a minimum.

Take a walk.
One of the best things you can do for your body is exercise. Get out and take a walk, walk in place inside, do something to get your heart rate up. Exercise is good for your body and your mind. It is a great stress reliever and excellent for you heart and lungs. You should also stop frequently to walk around while traveling. It helps the circulation in your legs and feet, helping you avoid blood clots, and you get to explore America. If you choose to walk around while traveling, we highly recommend these destinations.

Don’t forsake sleep.
Sleep is one thing that so many people shove aside as unimportant or as an afterthought. However, it is one of the most important things you can do for your body. When you sleep your body not only rejuvenates, it also helps your body repair itself. Try to get 8 hours a night if you can. Some people need more and some need less, but 8 hours is about the standard. Also, don’t be afraid of taking a power nap.

What is your tip for staying healthy while traveling? Share them in the comments!

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