Travel Tips: Relieve Headaches, Jet Lag and Digestive Issues

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The season of vacation and weekend getaways is fast approaching. Travel and recreation are lots of fun, so don’t let a headache, jet lag, or upset stomach get you down!

1. Press Here to Relieve Headaches
Whether it’s the airplane altitude or your kids asking “are we there yet?” for the millionth time, a headache can creep up during times of travel. Acupressure is the ideal on-the-go treatment for headaches, because you don’t need anything but your own two hands. When you experience a headache, blood vessels are contracting and producing pressure, inflammation, and pain. In traditional Chinese medicine, we view this as a signal from the body that there is a blockage of energy and blood. Skip the over-the-counter medicine and try pressing the Wind Pond point instead.

Wind Pond Acupressure Point
This point clears the head, benefits the eyes, nose, and ears, and is a very effective pain reliever. You can find this point in the natural indentation at the base of your skull on both sides of your neck. With your thumbs, press and lift up the base of your skull and lean your head back. Use your head’s weight against your thumbs for a steady pressure. Hold for about 5 minutes. Breathe deeply and slowly while you are pressing the acupoint.

2. Alleviate Jet Lag with Vitamin B
When we have jet lag, it means that our natural body’s clock, our circadian rhythm, has been disturbed, which puts a lot of stress on our nervous system. Some research has shown that taking a good amount of stress-busting vitamins like B complex a couple days before the trip, during, and a few days afterwards can help your body cope with the stress of long-distance travel. Consider taking supplements or eat foods that are high in B-vitamins, like broccoli, beets, bananas, strawberries, eggs, brewer’s yeast, and mung beans. Also choose nuts, fish, and other foods that are high in tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps relax the nervous system. Make sure that you are exposed to plenty of natural light and maintain physical activity before, during, and following your trip.

3. Ease Tummy Trouble with Ginger
Not only is ginger delicious and stimulating, it will do wonders to protect or relieve you from nausea, motion sickness, allergies, and even the common cold! Ginger will act on your side in two ways: firstly, by strengthening your immune system against future breakdowns, and secondly, by settling your stomach. The best way to consume ginger is by making a tea by boiling 3 slices of fresh ginger in water. On the go? Bring ginger tea bags with you.

4. Pack a Snack
When you’re traveling, you never know when a hunger pang will strike or what type of food will be available. I always have healthy snacks with me for my family and myself: trail mix, fresh fruits and veggies that are easy to eat on the spot. Bring along fresh cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, an avocado, or a peach! Dip broccoli in an organic, all natural peanut butter. Accompany this with some dried fruits and nuts in the form of a home made trail mix. These will give you a boost of energy without giving in to the overly salted, sugary or fatty foods that are usually available on the go.