Whether you’re on a road trip, holiday, or traveling the world it can be tricky to prioritise your health. Your sleep schedule gets out of whack, exercise takes a back seat, and you often can’t cook for yourself which inevitably means take away and fast food.
But don’t lose hope! You can still stay on track with your health and fitness goals whilst saying yes to adventures and exploring the world. This starts with what you fuel your body with.
Get the right micronutrients
Micronutrients are your body’s best friend – they prevent illness, maintain your body’s systems and are vital for good health. Other than vitamin D, your body does not produce vitamins and minerals. So, where do they come from? Your diet. Fruits, vegetables, and superfoods are excellent sources of micronutrients.
Immune supporting micronutrients
The last thing you need whilst you’re traveling is to get ill. To give yourself the best chance of fighting off foreign bugs, you need to support your immune system. Copper, vitamins D, C, and A are just a few that help your immune system function normally.
Both Wheatgrass and Spirulina powder are a great source of Vitamin A with just 10g of Spirulina providing over 40% of your recommended dietary intake (RDI). Cacao powder is an incredible source of the immune-boosting mineral copper, with 15g providing over 60% of your RDI. Copper also acts an antioxidant to prevent oxidative stress.
Energy supporting micronutrients
Magnesium, iron, and copper all play important roles in supporting energy production in your body. Often if you can’t quite put your finger on what’s causing you to feel so tired, you might be lacking one of these nutrients. Stress and anxiety can also often cause depletion of them making it that much more important to get them into your diet whilst you’re traveling.
Our Lean Green SuperBlend is an excellent source of iron – a result of combining 5 of the most nutrient-dense green powders kicking about. The wonderful wheatgrass also contains iron which contributes to a normal energy yielding metabolism. For magnesium as well as copper, look no further than cacao powder – it’s a super energy booster. Replace a cup of hot cacao for coffee and feel a more sustained, less jittery boost of energy.
Cognitive supporting micronutrients
When you’re traveling it’s important to be sharp and focused. There’s so much to take in – new languages, the scenery, different people, and new systems of public transport to name a few. This is a lot for your brain to take in so it’s important to give it all the help you can.
B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, zinc and vitamin c play a role in supporting cognitive function. As we already know, cacao is a great source of magnesium but it also provides zinc. When it comes to B vitamins, Maca powder here for you – it’s a brilliant source of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) which is also a powerful antioxidant.
Top up with antioxidants
Whilst you’re traveling your exposure to free radicals could increase – pollution, alcohol, smoke, fried foods, and the general stresses of being on the move constantly. It’s important to balance this by consuming foods rich in antioxidants through your diet.
Luckily, superfoods have high antioxidant activity. Cacao contains copper and flavonoids, Maca contains vitamin B2, and both Wheatgrass and Spirulina contain Vitamin A – all of which reduce the amount of free radicals in your body preventing oxidative damage to your cells.
How to use superfoods whilst traveling
Our superfoods come in handy 100g resealable pouches which means they are lightweight and easy to travel with. Also with such nutrient density, a little goes a long way, so they are likely to last most of your travels!
Even if you’re not making the meals or drinks yourself you can still add cacao and maca to your coffee, yogurt, porridge or even puddings, whilst spirulina and wheatgrass can be snuck into soups and salad dressings. Better still if you can get your hands on a blender to make smoothies, there’s no easier way to incorporate superfoods into your diet!
Extra tip: how to sleep better whilst travelling
Maybe you’re in a hotel, a tent, an Airbnb, on the plane, or in the back of a car – one thing is for sure, it’s not as easy to drift off to a restful night’s sleep when you’re not at home or in a familiar bed.
To give yourself the best chance, have a cup of cacao latte before bed. Cacao is packed with relaxing, feel-good nutrients. Tryptophan, for example, is an amino acid found in Cacao that may increase melatonin (the hormone associated with sleep). Cacao also contains magnesium which helps your mind and body to relax, perfect for releasing some of the stress you might have built up during the day.