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Many full moons ago in the Pantanal Wetlands in Brazil, I lay practically naked on a very uncomfortable wooden bed-type-thing whilst a shaman and his buddy (definitely not a shaman, I never found out who he was) shook leaves and other things that made curious sounds over my back.

This whole scenario was taking place because my back was totally wrecked due to working for 9 months without breaks leading expeditions through Brazil, Chile and Argentina whilst not giving a second thought about my spine.

If you plan on travelling in the future and would like to avoid being half naked in the jungle surrounded by Shamans then I suggest you keep reading (if the idea of being naked in the jungle with strangers floats your boat then just let me know, I’ve got contacts in all sorts of funny places).

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time and I really hope it gives you something to think about beyond green smoothies and protein powder but, you may be asking yourself what qualifies me to talk about travel health?

Well, besides a lot of travelling and owning an adventure travel company, did you know I’m also a qualified Health Coach?

That’s right folks.

In between leading expeditions in jungles, creating Vegan Adventure Holidays and The Members Club I studied for 12 months with The Institute For Integrative Nutrition to become a Health Coach. Let’s just say the past 5 years have been pretty busy.

Okay. Back to the blog. May your travels be healthy and eyeballs look fabulous for years to come.

1: TAKING CARE OF YOUR SPINE

Whether you’re an adventure traveller, a vacationer or even a business traveller, taking care of your back should be a consideration.

As a regular traveller there’s often extra pressure put on this part of your body and carrying unevenly distributed weight on your back over time can affect your spine.

Handbags, rucksacks or day bags; pay close attention to how much how much your bag weighs and how evenly distributed the weight is on your back.

ACTION STEPS

1: Planning on hiking a volcano with me in Guatemala? Focus on exercising and strengthening your core, abs and back muscles.

2: Wear shoes that support your spine. 

3: Avoid putting undue stress on your spine by practising proper posture and maintaining a healthy weight (easy on the vegan carrot cake Emma)…

2: CHEWING YOUR FOOD PROPERLY

Travelling often means we either eat on the move or at one-hundred-miles-an-hour and chewing more may just change your world — here’s why.

Digestion begins in the mouth. As you chew your food, digestive enzymes found in saliva start to break it down, preparing it for absorption.

Not chewing your food properly can lead to all sorts of not-so-sexy things like excess gas, bloating, digestive issues, constipation and lethargy.

ACTION STEPS

1: Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, sit down to eat (muy importante amigos).

2: Aim to chew each mouthful at least 5 to 10 times.

3: Go high fibre as much as possible.

4: Stay hydrated by using a BPA free airport friendly water bottle.

3: LOOK AFTER YOUR EYES

Nobody ever talks about this!

There’s so much more to healthy living than green smoothies and broccoli, taking care of your eyes is especially important when travelling and so easily overlooked.

A constantly changing geographical environment, sun exposure, sleep deprivation, environmental factors and the lack of humidity in an aeroplane cabin can cause all sorts of eye related issues.

Protecting your eyesight should be an essential part of your overall health care routine.

ACTION STEPS

1: Make sure you buy 97% -100% UVA and UVB sunglasses.

2: Use eye protection all year.

3: Choose wrap-around styles that block the sun from the side.

4: Get your eyes checked at least every 2 years.

HAVE YOU PLANNED YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE YET? 

I have a free downloadable workbook that will help you with that!

With limited holiday time, it’s important to get it right. You can grab a free printable worksheet and learn 5 simple questions that’ll give you the clarity you need to start planning your next adventure today.

Check it out over here >>

Do you know someone who would love this post? If you do I’d be really grateful if you use the share buttons on this page and let them know about it.

Also, if you’d like to share any healthy travel tips or tricks, just leave them in the comments below and if you have any other questions, ask away!

Emma x

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