Thyroid-healthy Travel Essentials
10 Things I Never Leave Home Without!
Travel can make our bodies go a little bit haywire-- or depending on the distance of the trip, a LOT haywire. When we travel, we're eating different foods, drinking different water (or not enough water), sleeping in strange beds, and pooping in strange toilets.
Even for the thriving-est among us, travel can throw a wrench in our gears, aggravating common hypothyroid symptoms like constipation, fatigue, anxiety, hair shedding, brain fog-- the WORKS!
In this episode of Thyroid-healthy Bites, I'm going to share with you my Top 10 Travel Essentials for Thyroid Thrivers. These are the things I never leave home without.
Whether you've got a trip coming up or are an armchair traveler who wants to discover some amazing ways to support yourself daily as a Thyroid Thriver, you don't want to miss this episode.
Watch the video version on YouTube (below), listen on your favorite podcast platform, or find my complete list of recommendations, discount codes, and shopping links in the post below. Bon voyage!
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My Top 10 Travel Essentials for Thyroid Thrivers
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A daily scoop of this in my water bottle and I'm energized and hydrated without stimulants or sugar. Ultima is stevia-sweetened and calorie-free and contains 6 electrolytes and trace minerals. Choose from several different flavors like cherry pomegranate, pink lemonade, watermelon, or blue raspberry. I usually go for lemon or grape. For travel, you can purchase either the small canister or their convenient stickpacks.
2. Pique Tea Crystals. 5% OFF code: THYROID5
I am totally hooked on these health-promoting teas, which also happen to be extremely travel-friendly. These individual packets of tea crystals can be added to hot or cold water for an instant beverage. The best part is that Pique's Teas contain up to 12x the antioxidants and polyphenols as regular tea. Their cold-brew crystallization process preserves the active compounds in the “superplants” which are used at their maximum potential. They're also triple-toxin screened for things like pesticides, mold, and heavy metals.
My personal faves: Sun Goddess Matcha, Ginger Digestion Elixir, Mint Green, Passion Fruit Green, Hibiscus Beauty Elixir, Electric Turmeric, and Earl Grey.
This is my go-to sunblock. It's reef-safe, clean, non-toxic, benzene-free, and doesn't leave a thick white residue. Most importantly it works and lasts for hours in or out of the water. I typically stock up on the 6-ounce tubes for my family, as well as their SPF 30 sunscreen stick which my 10yo son has an easier time with when doing his own face. They also make a 3-ounce size if you need to pack light.
I discovered this treasure (thanks to a recommendation from a friend) when I was recovering from shoulder surgery and dealing with a lot of sore and tight muscles. It's fragrance-free, uses certified organic oils, and is highly rated by EWG as a clean, non-toxic product.
Magnesium helps soothe muscles, calms, and relaxes us, so this is wonderful to rub on any sore spots before bed, or to apply at night while traveling to ensure a peaceful and pain-free rest. Ancient Minerals topical magnesium also comes in a gel or oil, but I prefer the lotion which rubs on smooth and doesn't leave a residue. Once applied, you can immediately feel it working its calming magic.
I've been using CALM for years for relaxation, better sleep, muscle aches, and regularity. I never travel or go camping without it. Constipation is a common frustration while away from home, as is poor sleep. CALM ticks both boxes as a fizzy, drinkable, magnesium supplement. The raspberry-lemon flavor is yummy and stevia-sweetened, but you can also get the unflavored variety to add it to your evening tea.
For travel, try their convenient single-serve packets, or their chewable gummies. It may take some experimenting to find the right dosage, so start small and work your way up. For me, one scant teaspoon of the drink powder, or 2 chewable gummies is just right for a good night's rest and regularity.
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is an adaptogenic herb that helps our bodies cope with and "adapt" to stress of all kinds, including travel. Organic India's Tulsi Original tea is great for calming the nerves without sedation or grogginess-- a huge travel help for nervous flyers, or anyone feeling a little anxious about pandemic travel. At home, I try to enjoy a cup daily for adrenal support and stress management.
Their Sleep Blend contains other adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha and bedtime herbs like chamomile. I always travel with a few bags of Tulsi Sleep because I find it helps me relax and sleep through the night, without leaving me weird, groggy or 'hungover' the next day like some other herbal sleepytime teas I've tried.
7. Just Thrive Probiotic. 15% OFF code: THYROID15.
One of the best preventive measures we can take to protect ourselves and avoid GI distress while traveling is to take a good probiotic. I've tried loads of pharmaceutical-grade probiotics over the years but if I had to pick one favorite, it's Just Thrive, hands down. There are four main reasons I love and recommend this brand.
First, it's pharmaceutical grade, as mentioned. A lot of over-the-counter probiotics simply don't work or aren't potent enough to get the job done. Second, it's spore-based, which means that these probiotics have a high degree of natural protection that helps them survive things like shipping, various temperatures, and the digestive system in order to get where they need to go. Third, Just Thrive's patented strain, Bacillus indicus HU36, sparks the production of antioxidants in the gut where they can be well absorbed. Finally, while potent, this brand has not given me or my husband any undesired side effects that high-potency, pharmaceutical-grade probiotics can sometimes cause like gas, bloating, or other GI issues. We don't need that while we're traveling!
8. Beekeepers B.Immune Propolis Throat Spray. 15% OFF code: THYREF
Staying healthy is one of the challenges of traveling. Viral exposure is often higher, while at the same time we're often tired, not sleeping as well, and our defenses are down. That's why I travel with my B.Immune Propolis Throat Spray from Beekeeper's.
Propolis is a natural resin created by bees, which also has medicinal properties. It's antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, and antiinflammatory.
We Thyroid Thrivers deal with more throat-related symptoms like hoarseness or dry, scratchy throats. This throat spray can be especially helpful when we're heading to higher elevations or dryer climates, to keep our throats soothed and well lubricated.
B.Immune is one of my favorite preventive immune-boosting measures because it tastes great and keeps my throat happy. At home, I also love their B.Powered Superfood honey for a caffeine-free afternoon pick-me-up.
Fluoride is a known thyroid suppressant and used to be used to treat hyperthyroidism (an over-active thyroid)! It's not something we really want to be putting on our highly absorbent oral tissues every day. Finding a good, fluoride-free toothpaste for daily use and for travel is a Thyroid Thriver's essential, but this can be a needle-in-a-haystack search.
When it comes to fluoride-free toothpaste, I've tried them all and most of them...no, thank you. Kiss My Face Triple action is the fluoride-free gel I keep coming back to for fresh breath, nice foaming action, and clean ingredients that keep my teeth and gums healthy without being abrasive. It uses aloe, xylitol, and tea tree oil. I've been using this brand for several years now, with A+ checkups from my dentist and oral hygenist who report healthy gums, strong enamel, little to no tartar buildup, a bright smile, and no cavities!
10. Epic Filtered Water Bottles. 20% OFF code: HYPOCHEF
Another Thyroid Thriver's essential is figuring out a way to filter your water. Ideally, we want a filter that removes chlorine and fluoride-- 2 known thyroid suppressants. When traveling, we can rely on bottled water, but that's a lot of single-use plastic and BPA exposure-- no bueno. But what if there was a way to filter our water ON THE GO?
Thanks to Epic Water Filters out of Boulder, CO, we can do just that. Epic's filter bottles remove 99.99% of the contaminants in tap water (including chlorine) and come in glass, stainless, or BPA-free plastic. Pop one of their filters on the end of the straw and you can fill up anywhere. They even make a backcountry filter so you can drink from wilderness water sources-- cool.
If you're looking for an at-home solution, the Epic Pure Water Pitcher or Tank Dispenser removes both chlorine and fluoride and is comparatively very affordable compared to reverse-osmosis systems that do the same.
Okay, Thyroid Thrivers! I hope these recommendations help make your next trip a little easier on you, more thyroid-healthy, safe, and a lot more fun!
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