Travel, Diabetes and Your Health

Ann Bartlett Health Guide
  • I grew up with a father who was a commercial pilot, so flying overseas was a regular routine for my family.  Vacations were often spent in some awe-inspiring places, and staying in small hotels or apartments was what my parents loved best for their four busy kids. 


    When thinking about travel, one reason to look for apartments was the fact that I was traveling with diabetes. Refrigeration was important, as were places to have snacks available, in case of a middle-of-the-night low sugar, and also for a regular breakfast routine. And, on occasion, I remember catching a cold and once having strep throat in London. That was no fun.

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    As an adult, I still love traveling and have taken the responsibility of packing not only holiday attire and toiletries, but also routine health products to go along with me. This includes products for my overall health, and that seems to help with a smoother foreign adventure and fewer issues with diabetes.


    A good place to start is to think about dehydration. For every one hour of flight time, you need to consume one cup of water. Keeping your body well hydrated helps with regulating digestion and keeps muscles from dehydrating and cramping.


    Another good tip is to take a magnesium citrate fizzy drink. Magnesium helps muscles relax, and that means better rest while in-flight. We recommend Thorne Cal-Mag at my office. You can also carry Dr. Bonner’s Magnesium cream to rub into your hands and arms to create the same effect.


    I also always take Airborne 24 hours before leaving on a trip and then once a day for every day I’m away.  In big cities, the exposure to germs is simply inevitable, so, as a pre-emptive strike, I take a little micro-mineral booster. 


    When traveling, because I don’t always know the type of foods I’ll be eating, I take a synbiotic. Prebiotics come from mostly fresh veggies and fermented foods, so, to be on the safe side, I pack a synbiotic. A symbiotic contains both a pre- and pro-biotics. These will help maintain your immune system and also help with digestion. Many times, people suffer constipation while traveling and a symbiotic, along with ample amounts of water while sightseeing, can make all the difference.


    Pick and choose what’s best for you, because travel is about getting away and enjoying time off and some of these tips might make it that much better!

Published On: June 11, 2013