Exposure to harmful toxins can wreak havoc with your health and wellbeing – especially when traveling
Creating a toxin-free travel experience and a clean environment may help businesswomen feel happier and healthier throughout their time away from home.
And it’s not only bacteria and viruses that may be found in air in commercial airplanes that could lead to travelers getting sick.
Pre-prepared foods, electromagnetic fields and even hand sanitizers could also perhaps wreak havoc on a person’s health whenever they travel abroad on business.
Sophia Ruan Gushee is a toxic exposures expert and the author of the critically-acclaimed book ‘A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures.‘
And just the mother of three’s essential guide reveals which consumer products, foods and drinks contain dangerous chemicals and harmful toxins, she details which can invade and disrupt the body’s health and how.
Sophia’s book also includes useful tips, ideas and a D-Tox Strategy in order to help people (and the planet) become resilient to the effects of toxins.
Overall, as a must-have compendium for any head of household Sophia’s book supports those who want to ensure optimal wellbeing for themselves, their children and their families.
After transitioning from the investment management sector in the USA and becoming a mother, Sophia set her heart on researching toxicity and how exposure to toxins effect a person’s health and wellbeing.
After almost a decade of comprehensive research, she released her guidebook which has been praised by scientists and doctors across the world.
Her company Practical Nontoxic Living has also launched the D-Tox Academy – an online platform featuring detox programs, checklists and a forum.
This portal also shares information on how toxic exposure can ruin immunity, the brain and the reproductive system to name a few.
As a frequent traveler, Sophia can often apply her expert knowledge to business travel and ensures that she always makes the right choices en-route.
She says, ‘When I fly, I get extremely dehydrated.
‘When we travel for work, we’re often in closed quarters with many people and are exposed to more germs, bacteria, viruses and conventional cleaning products.
‘And I’m not able to continue my normal healthy routine.
‘While there’s a lot we can’t control when we travel, there are choices that can make to support our wellbeing.’
Here, Sophia reveals her top ten tips to avoid toxins and stay healthy, happy and toxin-free on a business trip:
- Limit WiFi and Bluetooth exposures. Turn your phone to airplane mode to reduce stress on your body while you’re on the road, and for more restorative sleep at night. When you’re using your computer or device in meetings, or when working on a project that doesn’t require constant internet access, consider turning on WiFi and Bluetooth only when you need it, and turning them off when you don’t.
- Moisturize. Flying and hotels can be very drying for your skin and body. Prepare for healthy hydration by filling a 3oz container with a healthy oil like organic sesame or coconut; this can be brought on a carry-on for flights, and can serve as your moisturizer, which will allow you to avoiding using conventional moisturizers that may contain toxic chemicals.
- Bring essential oils. Essential oils can help soothe anxiety (and skin), fight bacteria and germs, and boost immunity. Great ones to bring are lavender (soothing properties), tea tree oil (antimicrobial and healing properties), and Frankincense (healing, immune-boosting, and digestive aid). Make sure to dilute these with your moisturizing oil (above), unless you have ones that are safe enough to be ingested
- Drink plenty of water. Keeping hydrated with water can support our bodies’ digestion (and detoxification) mechanisms. Before you set off on your trip, look into purchasing a travel filter, which can be attached to a stainless steel water bottle. That way, you’ll reduce toxicants associated with plastic bottles (even BPA-free) as well as the contaminants in water (including bottles.
- Bring organic tea bags. Organic, herbal teas can help in various ways while you travel, depending on how you need support: sleep, immunity, detoxing, and energy. So browse your options at the grocery store or online to select which ones to pack.
- Get plenty of sleep. Studies have found that our brain clears toxicants during our sleep, Some of these toxicants are linked to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Getting a full night’s sleep will not only help you tackle your work and meetings with a clear mind, but is an important strategy to support long-term detoxing and restoration
- Sweat it out. Sweating facilitates our bodies’ natural ability to detox, so try your best to take advantage of any hotel gyms, classes, yoga sessions, or saunas to encourage sweating.
- Avoid fragrance. After hours of traveling in enclosed spaces, odors sometimes become a nuisance. Instead of bringing perfume, which can contain unique combinations of thousands of chemicals linked to a slew of adverse health effects, consider improving smells by applying essential oils, either via your DIY moisturizer, or by carefully applying small amounts of diluted essential oil to a cotton ball or napkin, and swabbing affected areas.
- Another trick to consider (but may not be for everyone): prepare a travel pack of baking soda, and apply it to the inside of your clothes whenever they get wet or smelly. It doesn’t always remove the smell entirely, but it drastically improves it. To avoid white spots, shake away excess baking soda; just use your best judgment when deciding to use it on clothes that are especially delicate.
- Pack healthier snacks. Examples include healthy raw honey, which may help immunity and allergies, and healthy nuts
- Get fresh air. Levels of contaminants in indoor air can be at least 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels (even in cities), so if you have the choice to have a meeting outdoors, that can be healthier. Plus, you’ll get some vitamin D from a bit of sunshine, which is crucial for our health.
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