Nature's Secrets: Healthy Travel Essentials

Guest : Susanne Bennett, DC
From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Each week, host Dr. Susanne Bennett shares with her listeners Nature's Secrets to a healthier body. This week: Top Healthy Essentials for Traveling.
Air Date: 5/1/15
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Nature's Secrets: Healthy Travel Essentials
Dr. Susanne provides natural remedies, recipes and much more so that you can effectively fight infection, avoid sickness and keep your body as healthy as possible.

In this week's edition, Dr. Susanne shares her top healthy travel essentials for you and your family, so you can maintain your energy and mental focus, be free of allergies, and avoid any potential health disasters that are so common for people when they travel.

RadioMD PresentsWellness for Life Radio | Original Air Date: May 1, 2015
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC

It is time to feel better with help from Dr. Susanne Bennett. Allergies, nutrition, ultimate wellness are discussed right here right now. It is wellness for life radio on Radio MD. Here is your host Dr. Susanne.

DR SUSANNE: You probably don’t know this about me but I get so excited in the Spring time because it is when I start planning my next big summer vacation. Yay! I just love to travel to other parts of the world where I can jump into the ocean to swim, snorkel or stand-up paddle. I’ve actually lived near the ocean my entire life from Korea to Monterey and now the Pacific Palisades, and I have a deep, deep love and respect for the ocean and marine life. In fact, my family and close friends call me the “sensitive voyager”, not only because I have a strict rule to explore beaches and oceans wherever I go but also because of the way I travel. I am very organized and prepared with all of my food, supplements and health travel paraphernalia.

My philosophy is that, you know what? I want to have the best experience best possible experience at every moment of my life, including during my travels and if it takes a little more by carrying extra bags of goodies to do that then I am all for it. Preparation is key for healthy travelling whether it’s for business trips or for a fun-filled adventure. On Nature’s Secrets today, I will share my top healthy travel essentials for you and your family so you can maintain your energy, your mental focus, be free of allergies and avoid any potential health disasters that are so common for people when they travel.

Number one. Let’s pack a healthy travel paraphernalia kit for you. What does that include? You’ve got to have those daily essential supplements of vitamins and minerals allowing you to travel guilt free. And the reason why I say that is when we are travelling, let’s say backpacking in the Alaskan wilderness, you know what? You are not going to get enough fresh vegetables and fruit. So, which ones do you need? Multivitamin in mineral formula is always the number one choice. You want to take extra vitamin C and extra vitamin D for your energy as well as immune boosters. Also important are probiotics that you don't have to refrigerate, especially in areas that when you’re travelling to that might cause traveler’s diarrhea. South America, Asia, Africa but, even so, probiotics is a daily thing that you should be on anyway.

Number two. Let’s go ahead and instead of taking toxic hand sanitizers start using colloidal silver spray. It is an excellent alternative to sanitize your hands. Also, you can spray it down your throat if you feel like a tickle in your throat. You could even spray it in your eyes, you know, for eye infections and put drops into your ears for ear infections. For children, Best Formula is the one that has been manufactured with silver salt technology and you can find my silver salt power spray on my DoctorSusanne.com website.

Number three: Broad spectrum antimicrobials. What I mean by that, such as olive leaf, oregano oil are excellent for viral, bacterial and fungal infections. If you start feeling like you have got food poisoning you have got to start taking these right away so that you can stop the damage in your gut and stop the damage caused by these bugs. So, what I actually do is take a couple of olive leafs before I get on the plane because you know that planes are notorious for viruses. What’s next? Calendula and arnica ointments for cuts and bruises. If you have children, you know how common they are. Every step of the way of the travelling you will have to take care of that, so calendula and arnica ointments for cuts and bruises. You can also spray the silver salt technology Colloidal Silver on the wound to stop any bacterial infections. And don’t to take those extra band aids. Tropical environments mean more exotic insects that can bite you. Now, wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants to protect your body. I actually pack a mosquito netting for the bed so that when I am in my hotel room, it is all covered up and I am not at all bitten by these terrible mosquitos. In some places dengue fever is a lot more common than you think. I actually got it so I know that it can be very, very damaging to your body. Don’t forget non-DEET bug repellent and to put it into your little kit. You can apply it on your skin regularly and you can find these non-DEET bug repellents at your local health store. One thing that I have used that works really well--I found this out by accident, magnesium oil. One time, I was in Mexico I used magnesium oil on my body because I was sore from an exercise program I was doing and, sure enough, late afternoon when every one of those mosquitos come out because I attract them like crazy, well, they didn’t want to bite me because magnesium oil taste horrible. You can try it yourself it is so, so bitter and strong and because of that it will repel mosquitos and other bugs and little flies. One other thing, once you get that itchy bug bite, what is my favorite ointment to stop the itch? It is tiger balm, it is an old ancient, literally, I have been using tiger balm my whole fifty something years of my life and it is the best thing that will stop the itch. Get the one that is white in color not the red one because the red one will create stains on your body.

So, what other health tips? Go ahead. Today, you know, nowadays hotels and restaurant’s all around the world are really accommodating for sensitive travelers, so it is really important that you talk to them. Call them up. What you can do is make sure you get your room with an air purifier. You can ask for a feather free bed and non-chemical cleaning products to clean your room. You ask the hotel manager to make sure it is a chemical-free room. You know, if you have got allergies then make sure it is not a pet-friendly resort because you don't want you, yourself or your children sneezing and coughing throughout the night. Also check for your weather, look ahead. Nowadays, your weather can be looked at for the next ten days and you can look at the temperature whether you want to go snorkeling whether you got to carry a little umbrella whatever it is, check for weather. I always travel with my healthy snacks. I love packing foods that sustain my energy and brain power, so important that you don't want to be eating foods when you are stuck somewhere and if that restaurant doesn’t have the foods that you like because you have got food allergies like dairy and gluten products, then it is really important that you take some snacks.

The worst situation would be when a child is hungry. We all know that a hungry child is not a happy child. So, what are the type of healthy snack fav’s that I use? Organic turkey jerky. That’s my number one favorite snack because it is high in protein, low in sugar and it keeps your blood sugar balanced and reduces sugar cravings. I also love organic seeded seed bars with pumpkin seeds, sunflower, chia, hemp seeds, almonds. I love almonds, macadamia nuts and hazelnuts. That is a great snack that you can have and it really helps to maintain your blood sugar level and if you drink it with a nice tall hot cup of organic tea it really fills you up. I also travel with individual packs of unsweetened almond milk. And I know it weighs you down but it is really excellent to use for let’s say your morning ginger and cinnamon tea that you are going to be carrying with you, as well, in powdered form.

Individual green drink packets I love to take and I take it with a glass shaker bottle so I can mix it in with purified water, including the veggie or egg protein powder shakes. That is really great as well. On the plane ride, don’t forget to bring on plenty of purified water. You need it to keep hydrated so you don't reduce immunity. Don't forget to also take a sock and scarf. It can get really cold in your airplane. I always say that when you are flying to a different continent it is really best to make your arrangements so that you sleep on the plane. I take my eye mask, my ear plugs and natural sleeping formulas such as Gaba cream melatonin with a 5-HTP to help you relax and get the deep uninterrupted sleep.

Again, preparation is key for healthy travel. You can go to DrSusanne.com/healthytravel so that you can sign up for the Global Summit and of because this is all about having fun, so bon voyage everyone!

Until then this is Dr. Susanne. Thank you so much I will see you next time. Stay well.