It’s no secret travelling can put a lot of stress on your body, especially when it includes a long-haul flight overseas. Vitamins can make the perfect travel companion, to stop you getting sick and ensuring your body is getting the energy it needs to function properly.
As ATP Science’s leading scientist, with two decades of clinical experience, Matt Legge knows first-hand the important role vitamins can play on our health while on holiday.
Jetlag, stress, exposure to germs, and a ‘treat yourself’ attitude when it comes to eating, can all put a lot of strain on your body, deplete your vitamin stores and weaken your immune system. Vitamins can give you that boost to help your body deal with stress, poor sleep and dietary deficiencies.
The key to choosing supplements is understanding what works best for you. For personalised recommendations on which vitamins would suit your lifestyle and health goals, consider talking to a nutritionist or health expert.
Modbiotics are possibly the most important supplement you can take on a holiday, especially when travelling out of the country or to an exotic island. They contain plant-based compounds that can help regulate your gut flora to keep your gut healthy and strong and can boost your immune system.
You should begin taking modbiotics at least a week before your trip to prepare your body for traveland continue taking them for the duration of your holiday.
Unlike probiotics, they do not need to be refrigerated and can easily be taken away with you.
It’s always important to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D. Even if you are planning to lay by the pool and soak up some sun rays, it is easy to become vitamin D deficient.
Did you know SPF sunscreen can limit the amount of vitamin D your body absorbs? With the risk of sunburn or skin cancer, you’re not likely to spend time in the sun without sunscreen, so it’s a good idea to bring a supplement with you on holiday.
The B complex vitamins are water soluble and not stored well in your body. For this reason, we need to be topping up daily. Without them you may experience fatigue and feel extra stressed and struggle to enjoy your holiday.
If you plan on increasing your alcohol intake on your holiday, consider taking vitamin B to boost your energy and immune system.
Adaptogen herbs help the body to adapt, adjust and recalibrate depending on our emotional and physical surroundings. Rhodiola (also known as Rhodiola rosea) is a botanical supplement that can help you feel more alert and decrease stress, improving your overall mood. Schisandra berries are a great adaptogen as they also help to protect your liver, aid digestion and antioxidant. All handy traits while travelling.
If you want to improve your sleep quality, magnesium may be the vitamin for you. Your body uses magnesium for muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control and energy production. Magnesium is not a sedative as such but makes sure you are capable of switching off and relaxing.
If your holiday consists of caffeine and alcohol, then a magnesium vitamin will help you regenerate your body’s magnesium levels.
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