Top 7 Immune-Enhancing Travel Items To Have With You
Ever wonder what key items you should be bringing with you when you travel to help protect and enhance your immune system?
Whether on the road, flying, or spending time in a different country?
With travel comes different emotions, excitement or nervousness (which the body receives as one of the same), jet lag, exposures to different environments, different food, different water, different air...
When we travel our bodies are instantly exposed to an entire new spectrum of microbes that comes from the earth, food, water and surfaces in that area.
I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel world-wide and connect with like-minded souls, eco-communities and permaculture farms along the way. From these experiences, I have been building my key items I always want to have with me to help protect and enhance my immunity, bring peace of mind, and relax my body.
TOP 7-Immune Enhancing Travel Items to Take With You
Chlorella is a phenomenal plant-based source of protein. It has factors in it that help bind toxins, including heavy metals, chemicals, and pesticides and help the body eliminate them out of the fat tissues (where toxins are stored) (1, 2)
Chlorella is also very high level of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is very similar to hemoglobin in red blood cells, making it an incredible source to alkalize and cleanse the blood (3, 4). Wheatgrass is tooted for being a significant source of chlorophyll at 0.25%, however, chlorella is 10% chlorophyll, which is 10X the amount in wheatgrass juice.
Two Tips When Sourcing Chlorella:
- Ensure it is broken cell-walled chlorella, as the nutrients and factors in chlorella are within the cell and the body can not break down the outer cell wall, therefore, to ensure chlorella is in a form that is bioavailable, seek out a product with at least 80% digestibility, so you are not just flushing the chlorella out into the toilet.
- You want to organically source chlorella so it was grown without chemicals and pesticides
2. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is made by burning wood, debris or coconut shells, which is my preferred typed, at a high temperature to remove all the oxygen and also activates it with gases like steam producing a highly adsorbent material with millions of tiny pores that bind and remove toxins, heavy metals, chemicals and intestinal gases.
This adsorption helps ELIMINATE, different from absorption, which helps assimilate or soak up.
The reason activated charcoal is able to adsorb is because of it's negative charge. The negative charge attracts the positive charge of toxins and helps remove them from the body.
This is a similar process to what happens in your body when you have spent a day at the beach, walked barefoot on grass (earthing), got muddy, or surrounded yourself with nature, you feel a sense of rejuvenation, calm, or energy.
The earth, too has a negative charge, and it is this charge that is extremely healing for our bodies and minds because it helps balance us out when we are exposed to a lot of positive charge technological devices.
Activated Charcoal helps:
3. Vitamineral Greens Powder
Vitamineral Greens Powder is a 100% raw, vegan, gluten-free, yeast-free, beyond organic, nutrient-dense therapeutic superfood. It contains a full spectrum of naturally occurring and absorbable vitamins and minerals, essential amino acids, antioxidants, chlorophyll, soluble and insoluble fiber, 10s of 1000s of phytonutrients, plant-based digestive enzymes, and probiotics.
One of the main reasons I love this greens powder is it is not diluted with any fillers like grains, beans, maca, fruit powders, seeds, fibers, so it is purely greens from the lands, fresh water, and oceans.
Cinnamon is truly a gift from the earth coming from the bark of the cinnamon tree.
It is one of the top medicinal spice with having the most protective antioxidant levels (phenolic compounds, flavonoids) .
The Health Benefits of Cinnamon:
- Immune boosting spice.
- Helps fight infections and viruses
- Helps kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi (7)
Chaga is a incredible medicinal mushroom that grows on birch trees in the north-east of North America.
Due to the high levels of antioxidant superoxide-dismutase, dual extracted wild chaga contains gram per gram the planet's highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), which can be over 100,000. For a comparison, goji berries have an ORAC of 25,000, and black raspberries 7,700.
The Health Benefits of Chaga:
- one of the most alkaline foods on the planet due to the vast mineral content it provides
- antibacterial and antiviral, especially in the gut (8, 9)
- plays a prominent role in cancer-preventing activity (10, 11)
- cleansing and providing a longevity enzyme and super antioxidant called superoxide-dismutase (12, 13)
- helps protect the skin and reduces sun damage by increasing the skin health so it can actually handle more sun exposure
- provides a great source of Vitamin D
- an adapatogen, meaning it adapts and provides the body what it needs.
Lately, I have been really enjoying the Four Sigmatic Chaga Elixir or making my own chaga decoction on the stove from whole chaga.
6. BLOCK BLUE LIGHT
- Mobile & Tablet Screens
- Flat screen LED televisions
- Fluorescent and LED lighting (ie. airports, box stores)
Since our eyes are not designed to have such long-term exposures to blue light, protecting your eyes from such exposure will help to synchronize your circadian rhythm, decrease eye strain, decrease headaches, and increase sleep quality (14).
I use these always in airports, on the plane, working on my laptop, and at night time when it is getting closer to bed-time and I am still in an artificially lit environment. You can find more information here.
7. DoTerra Essential oils
Essential oils are the power of plants in their oil form!
Having a deep respect for ecology, I have a deep respect for the potent nutritional and medicinal healing properties of these oils.
The Top 5 that I bring with me whenever I travel:
increases immune function, protects against environmental threats, including bacteria, mold and viruses, and increases the body's natural antioxidant defences (15).
cleasning for the skin, increase immune system internally, helps heal cuts, wounds, skin infections. It contains 12x the antiseptic power of phenols (16).
cleanses the respiratory system, clears breathing, soothes digestive difficulties, eases headaches, repels bugs, decreases heartburn and indigestion (17).
lemon rind is use and is an antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral, purifier, disinfectant for the air and surfaces, helps with digestion and intestinal parasites, and can help increase mood aromatically (18).
is an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic,antioxidant and immune stimulant. It contains carvacrol and thymol, both of which inhibit bacterial reproduction. One important thing to remember with oregano oil is it can upset your good bacteria in your gut as well, so best to also take probiotics if you ever do choose to use it internally (19).
Let me know the items that you make sure you bring with you in the comments below!
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In health with smiles,
Breanne Gibson, MSc., DHN, ROHP, RNCP
As a leading holistic wellness expert and permaculture practitioner, Breanne helps resilient-driven leaders, entrepreneurs, and change-makers optimize their health through living foods nutrition, regenerative lifestyle strategies, and edible landscape design aligned with nature, so they can live their best life. Read her inspiring story, “From Peachland Queen to military officer to a worldwide permaculture exploration” that lead her to where she is today.