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Avoid getting sick by following a few “pretravel” steps and using herbal tonics customized to your blood type
5 Stay- Well Travel Tips Holiday travel can wreak havoc on your health, but these supplements and herbs can help.
a:It’s no fun getting sick when you’re on vacation, or even when you’re away on business. But it happens a lot, simply because you’re exposed to far more germs than normal when you travel— especially if you fl y. Luckily, there are fi ve simple steps you can take to bolster your immune system.
STEP 1: Do These 2 Things Before You Leave
First, do your best to get enough ( even extra) sleep in the week to 10 days before traveling. And take as much vitamin C as possible without getting loose stools. Start with 500 mg at bed- time and add a little more each evening to max capacity. I prefer a buff ered powdered form mixed in water, which is gentler on the stomach.
STEP 2: Take Herbs for Your Blood Type
* Type A: Good old echinacea and goldenseal work great for type A blood. * Type B: If this is your type, you will be greatly helped by elderberry extract ( 1 tsp. 3– 4 times daily during fl u season), as well as by chamomile tea ( stress- relieving) and fermented foods. * Type AB: According to Peter D’Adamo, ND, author of the groundbreaking book Eat Right 4 Your Type, people with type AB blood are the most vulnerable to degradation of NK ( natural killer) cells, key components of immunity. Irregular eating habits, low vegetable intake, inadequate protein intake, excessive wheat intake, and high- fat diets can all contribute to NK cell degradation. If you have type AB blood, take care to avoid toxic chemicals and “green” up your personal care and home cleaning products. * Type O: Your best immune tonics include larch powder, astragalus, and eleuthero ( Siberian ginseng).
STEP 3: Protect Against Germs with Essential Oils
Wash your hands frequently while traveling, and try not to rub any part of your face. Avoid hand sanitizers that contain alcohol ( very drying to the skin) or Triclosan. Instead, choose sanitizers made with
I often seem to get sick during travel. Bad timing! What can I do? — Lorenzo J., San Antonio