Healthy While Traveling with Immune-Boosting Spices
by Sárka-Jonae Miller
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(The Best Years in Life)
Whether traveling for business or
pleasure, the accompanying stress combined with the difficulty of finding
healthy food and the increased contact with new people and places puts you at
risk for getting sick. Many people have a hard time sleeping in a new bed or
adjusting to a new timezone. Add reduced quality sleep to the stress and poor
diet, and you've got a lowered immune system unprepared for the germs thrown at
take a magic pill for jet lag or to fix the physical and emotional discomforts
of traveling, but one solution to fight off illness is to cover your meals with
immune-boosting substances, many of which you can buy dried and take with you.
So, whether you're planning an epic Spring Break, an upcoming business trip, or
a family vacation, consider adding these common spices, herbs, and condiments to
your meals to strengthen your immune system.
Cilantro is a
prime ingredient in one of everybody's favorite snacks: chips and salsa. This is
fortunate because the herb's leaves and seeds contain a compound known as
dodecenal. This compound is twice as effective as an antibiotic called
gentamicin at killing salmonella bacteria, according to Immunity Report
journal. So, load up on the salsa or sprinkle some cilantro over your rice and
pasta dishes. Cilantro is commonly enjoyed with many Mexican, Asian, and
shows that rosemary has antioxidant properties that kill bacteria as well as
anti-inflammatory agents. Studies show that rosemary helps the liver work better
and assists in the prevention of skin damage caused by aging and of cancer.
rosemary leaves or ground powder is easy to find. People use it in soups and
stews as well as on fish.
everyone is a fan of hot peppers, if you can stomach them they are excellent for
boosting the immune system. Peppers contain capsaicin, an oil that helps your
body fight disease. Combine them with garlic and you're in for a flavorful
combination that your immune system will love.
In fact, hot
peppers are so well-known for their immune fighting abilities that people in
West Africa use them to make a paste that is consumed along with food that could
have bacteria. The paste contains only peppers, coarse salt, and minced onions.
carrying around hot peppers isn't always feasible, one solution is to bring
along a small bottle of Tabasco sauce. The condiment contains several hot
peppers and is found throughout the world.
Garlic is one
of the best natural immune-boosting substances around. As such, it is used
heavily in areas where people don't have refrigeration or the safest food
preparation options. Garlic kills many of the bacteria responsible for food
poisoning. It also improves cardiovascular health and is known to fight some
types of cancers.
many ways to incorporate garlic into your diet when traveling. Rarely will you
find a place that doesn't have it readily available, but if you think that's a
possibility you can bring garlic pills, garlic powder, or garlic salt. Bulbs of
garlic last for month as long as they are kept in a dry, dark place. Garlic
lasts longest when it is stored uncovered at room temperature. Don't put garlic
in plastic bags to travel though. Paper bags or mesh bags work well.
If you do get
sick, mixing some freshly pressed garlic with a little lemon juice and honey in
some warm water is a great drink to help you recover faster.
nice warm cup of green tea boosts immune function and helps many people relax.
Green tea is bursting with polyphenolcatechins, which are powerful antioxidants.
Ginger is a
pungent herb used to flavor many dishes as well as a popular tea that can warm
you up and soothe a sore throat. Ginger root contains several important
compounds including sesquiterpenes, and the antioxidants shaogals and gingerols.
Sesquiterpenes destroy rhinoviruses, the nasty agents behind colds. Shaogals and
gingerols increase proliferation of immune cells, allowing your body what it
needs to resist getting sick.
some tea bags or spices is a simple and effective way to help you stay healthy
while on the go. It could also ensure you aren't stuck somewhere with bland,
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About the Author
Sárka-Jonae Miller is a health and fitness expert. She began working in the
fitness industry in 2000 while pursuing a BS in journalism at Syracuse
University. She became certified as a personal fitness trainer and group
exercise instructor in 2003. She has also received training in massage therapy.
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