Now that it is officially March and we are getting closer to warmer weather, we have spring and summer travel on our minds. It’s easy to stay healthy and on top of our routines when we are home and have all of our wellness essentials with us but, when traveling, these routines can slip despite it being just as, if not more, important to stay consistent with them. Our sleep may be disturbed, we may be around big crowds of people and exposed to germs, and we may not have easy access to our usual healthy foods.
The number one thing that we make sure to do to stay healthy when traveling is to hydrate. Have you ever found yourself on vacation and you get back to your hotel room and realize that you haven’t had a sip of water yet? When we are out of our routine and don’t have reminders to drink water, it can completely slip our minds. Staying properly hydrated will impact you in a number of ways from giving you more energy to helping you sleep to ensuring your immune system is functioning. All of these are crucial to having an enjoyable holiday.
I was recently on a flight from NYC to LA when a medical emergency occurred. A fellow passenger ended up being so dehydrated that they fainted and became disoriented. The flight attendant explained to me that dehydration is one of the most common medical emergencies on flights. Which makes sense. We probably woke up earlier than normal, had a rushed morning, reached for coffee instead of water, and the only focus was getting to the airport and on the plane. On top of that, many people drink alcohol on flights which further dehydrates the body.
Unfortunately, just chugging a water bottle here and there throughout the day won’t sufficiently hydrate our cells. We need electrolytes. Our favorite electrolyte brand is LMNT because they have perfected the right balance of sodium, potassium, and magnesium. LMNT is also sugar free so if you are keto, paleo, or just watching your sugar intake, it’s a fantastic option. To keep it simple and set us up for a good day, we like to have an LMNT packet in the morning with 8oz of water.
My favorite flavor is the Orange Salt but, with all the rain in LA, I’ve been loving having the Chocolate Caramel Salt with some warm water and a splash of almond milk. It tastes like a salted caramel hot cocoa but has all the benefits of electrolytes. Right now LMNT is offering AGEIST readers a free 8-serving sample pack with any purchase so you can try all of their delicious flavors. Stay hydrated!