Ideally, if you eat healthily, you shouldn’t need to take supplements because you’ll be getting the nutrients you need from the food you eat. Unfortunately, however, when we are on the road for business, our travel diets can be far from healthy and we may lack the daily recommended allowances of vitamins and minerals our bodies and minds need to function their best. As a result, when traveling for business, it is highly recommended that you carry the following supplements to ensure good travel nutrition:
- Multivitamins – Your Safety Net: A daily multivitamin ensures that you get the vitamins and minerals you need every day. Multivitamins work to deliver all of the vitamins and minerals in the most healthful way, versus taking isolated vitamins which can have a reverse effect. Recommended Dosage: 1 multivitamin. Look for those that don’t exceed the UL of Daily Dosages.
A Brand to Try: One-A-Day Multivitamins
- Fish Oil – Omega-3 Powerhouse: If you haven’t heard, Omega-3s are extremely beneficial to our health. Fish oil is the best source because it contains both “alpha linolenic” acids and DHA, both of which are needed to get the most benefit. More likely than not, your road warrior diet doesn’t include fish three times a week, and if that is so, supplementation is highly recommended. And although fish oil delivers the most benefit, if you are vegan or strict vegetarian, look for plant based varieties (e.g., flax and walnut). Recommended Dosage: 1 gram of EPA/DHA fish oil.
A Brand to Try: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega-D3 1000 mg Soft Gels
- Vitamin D – Your Indoor Sun: Although a very limited amount of summer sun exposure on your skin can give you enough Vitamin D for as long as a few weeks, those of us who live inside at client sites, in airports and on airplanes could probably use an extra boost. Unlike other vitamins, when we take Vitamin D independently, it isn’t detrimental. Also, take Vitamin D with milk or other dairy products, as Vitamin D has a positive effect on calcium absorption. Recommended Dosage: 1,000 IU a day
A Brand to Try: Nature Made Vitamin D 1,000 IU
- Probiotics – Your Digestive Tract’s Best Friend: A travel diet can do a real number on our digestive tracts. If you aren’t eating enough fiber (25 – 35 grams a day), your veggie and fruit intake is at a bare minimum, and are not consuming much in the way of fermented foods, such as yogurt, you may not be getting enough healthy bacteria into your system for proper digestion and health. Probiotics, however, can help. Recommended Dosage: 2 or more billion live cells daily
A brand to try: Nature’s Way – Primadophilus Optima
Do you pack supplements for your business trip? Which ones do you use?