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Pack this: smart snacks, handy hydration, sleepytime eye mask

Our Functional Medicine Physician's advice on healthier holidays.

Travels bring beautiful hotels, delicious new cuisine, and exciting adventures, catapulting us out of our daily lives to the fantasy that is vacation. It also takes us out of our daily routine, which can result in some health challenges.

Here are a few tricks of the trade to stay healthy while traveling.

Cheers, with water

That perfect latte, intoxicating wines, and toasting with craft cocktails will lead to dehydration, contributing to fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps, dizziness, and worse.  Drink half your weight in pounds in ounces of filtered water daily. Add an extra glass of water for each coffee and alcoholic beverage.

You have to move to move

I get it that no one wants to talk about pooping but it is one of the major ways that our body rids itself of toxins (1-3 times daily).  Stay hydrated, consume vegetables and fruit, stay active, and bring magnesium and vitamin C with you in case you get into a bind.

Nighty, night

Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Soak up natural light within minutes of waking. Watch the sunset and eat your dinner on the earlier side. Skip the nightcap.

Stay active

By keeping active while on vacation, you recharge your system. When you keep your blood flowing, you boost your immune system, promote detoxification, and set yourself up for sounder sleep.

Be prepared!

Pack individual packages of nuts and favorite organic herbal tea bags. Dried mango (satisfies a sugar binge). Vitamin D3 (vital to our immune health). Magnesium (absorbable), medicinal mushrooms (Five Denders from Real Mushrooms) Zinc (for its immune-boosting and antiviral effects)

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I am Dr. Jenn Simmons, a cancer surgeon turned Functional Medicine Physician. In 2015, I was diagnosed with my first autoimmune disease. It was then that I learned of Functional Medicine where practitioners focus on health and the drivers of health, things like whole food, plant based eating, deep nourishment, daily joyful movement, mindfulness, restorative sleep, avoiding toxins, and purpose driven, connected living.  

  •  The most important thing to remember when you travel is to have fun!  Laughter and joy truly are the best medicine.