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Health 21 February 2020
By: Natasha Tanga

How to Maintain Immunity While Traveling


While traveling can be an exciting experience to look forward to, it can also expose you to virus and bacteria when you are not optimally fit. For example, the airplane seat and table contain germs through numerous contact from numerous people, and this exposure puts you at risk from contracting illnesses. Especially these days with the coronavirus pandemic, you need to be extra prepared physically if you're about to travel. On this week's journal, we will be explaining a few tips that can help you maintain your health shield during traveling. Read on!

1. Be aware of cleanliness

Keeping your hygiene is one of the most effective method to stop virus and bacteria from spreading. Wash your hands before having a meal or after touching money and other surfaces, as clean hands lessens your risk of obtaining germs in public areas such as airports and airplane. Since traveling sometimes hinders you from having access to water, keep wet wipes and hand sanitizers in your bag in case you need to clean surfaces or your hands. If you're the fussy type, you may also want to consider bringing your own travel blanket, eye-mask and pillow, as these items are surely cleaner when you've brought your own.

2. Consume healthy foods and hydrate regularly

During your travels, keeping up with healthy and balanced food intake that you can usually do back home often becomes a challenge. While that doesn't mean you can't enjoy your journey by adhering tightly to eating only healthy foods, it's is recommended to keep your diet balanced with nutrient-dense foods. Consuming vegetables, fruits, healthy proteins, and mindful consumption of processed food and sugar can all contribute to better immunity. This can surely protect you from getting sick during travel.

Moreover, hydration is equally important as air travel might put you more prone to dehydration since the air inside the cabin is quite dry. Therefore, make sure to hydrate before your flight and rehydrate after your flight to ensure proper hydration throughout.

3. Supplement yourself

Micronutrients like vitamins and minerals are crucial elements to obtain overall health. For example, zinc can help accelerate wound healing, maintain brain health as well as strengthening immunity. A lack of zinc may can weaken your immune system and lead to inflammation. Therefore, eating foods that are high in zinc like red meat or consuming zinc supplement is recommended to meet daily zinc needs. Other than that, consuming natural supplement to maintain health is also recommended. For example, Herbana's Relief Sari Jinten Hitam, Kulit Manggis are both known to help boost immunity through natural herb extracts.

4. Have a good night's sleep

Proper rest is crucial during traveling as you might already spent your energy doing stuff all day. Moreover, a well-functioning immune system needs proper rest in order to manage inflammation and reduce your risk of getting illnesses. During sleep, the body repairs and renews its cells, as well as getting rid of toxins we might get from food we consume to the things we inhale. Therefore, no matter how late you get to crash in your bed, always aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. 

When heading to a place where a time difference may disrupt your circadian rhythm, be sure to pack a natural medication that may help you sleep, such as Herbana's Balance Madia Good Night. Made from natural plant extracts, this medication contains a blend of ginger, nutmeg and passion flower, to help you relieve sleeplessness and helps you sleep better during traveling.

5. Prepare yourself for the weather

Last but not least, it's important to pack your things according to the weather at your destination. Especially during rainy season or winter, you need to bring proper gear in order to ward yourself from the freezing cold or the pouring rain. This step, when done properly, can save you so much effort from not getting sick during your travels. You might also want to pack emergency medication, preferably a natural one, in case you're exposed to harsh weather condition. Herbana's Balance Madia Cold Ease can be a great option to help you relieve common cold symptoms, boost immunity, as well as improving your stamina.