4 Ways Holiday Travel Affects Health

Discover how mushrooms can make traveling enjoyable

It’s a treat to see friends and family during the holiday season, but the hustle and bustle often leaves us neglecting to take care of ourselves. Traveling is really hard on your body and the effects can sometimes go unnoticed. “Travel disrupts many of the body’s natural rhythms,” says Dr. Kyle Staller, from Massachusetts General Hospital. Whether by plane, boat, train or car, travel can cause digestive upset, anxiety and sleep disturbances often resulting in an overall feeling of having less energy.

You can avoid those unpleasant holidays with adaptogenic mushrooms – the ultimate secret to good trips. Here, four of the most common health problems travelers face and how to ease them with shrooms.

#1- Fatigue: Your circadian rhythm can be affected by travel, messing with sleep schedules, and depriving yourself of precious ZZZs. Many people don’t get enough sleep already, so you may feel tired beforeyou went out on the street Seemingly harmless things like light, noise, and unfamiliar surroundings can also keep you up at night. And of course, jet lag makes it difficult to sleep. In the long term, fatigue has negative health effects and can lead to more serious health problems. So what can you do to get some shut-eye during the holidays?

Before and during any trip, consider Lion’s Mane as the perfect travel companion. Scientists say that the lion’s mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) improves REM sleep cycles — the essential part of sleep that energizes and rejuvenates. Lion’s mane alone doesn’t make you drowsy, but it stabilizes cortisol levels so you can rest better. When traveling, sip Lion’s Mane combined with soothing chamomile tea at night to help you sleep easier before, during and after each trip.

#2- Digestive Problems: Many of us experience digestive issues while traveling — from problematic bms to heartburn! The digestive system powers bodily functions like energy production, cell growth, and maintenance, so when things get “backed up,” it can make a person feel out of balance. Fortunately, there are several natural ways to keep tummy aches at bay when you’re out and about.

The natural wonders of Reishi have been used for centuries as an intestinal aid. And scientists agree that the adaptogenic effects of Reishi mushrooms support the gut and digestion by reducing stress responses—a common trigger for abdominal problems. Reishi has been shown to reduce inflammation, another culprit of digestive issues, and is a great all-around mushroom thanks to the balance Reishi brings to the body.

#3- Stress: Holiday travel can be a nightmare. Airports, buses, roads and trains are busy, crowded and we tend to feel anxious when preparing to travel. Security lines, in-laws, family, suitcases packed to the gills – even the calmest among us can start to feel the pressure during the holidays. And while we can’t help you get through TSA faster, we do have some tried and true ways to reduce your travel stress!

Cordyceps mushrooms (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) is an adaptogen known to enhance adrenal activity. Stress can be easier to deal with if your adrenal system is supported! Before you take off, try ground Cordyceps in your noodles or ramen – they add a hint of deep umami flavor. And of course, we enhance our daily ritual by packing Brainchild moments.

#4- Brain Power: HSSO, also known as Holiday Stimulus Overload (yes, we made that up) can leave us feeling foggy, distracted, or unfocused during the holidays. Jetlag, family time, or having too much on your plate can all lead to overwhelm and mental fatigue.

Chaga mushrooms (Inonotus obliquus) are packed with antioxidants and are excellent at absorbing oxygen radicals. Chaga also helps your brain through compounds that enhance focus and mental function. Drinking tea or coffee with Chaga mushrooms is one of the most popular ways to reap their benefits. When ground, Chaga powder can also be added to smoothies or pancake batter.

Delicious products for travel convenience

Adaptive mushrooms can help us get through the holidays with ease. Don’t be a Grinch — check out AdaptogenShrooms must-haves to ease your holiday woes.

Instant Wunder Bundle: The Instant Wunder Bundle is the perfect carry-on equivalent for any long-haul flight. Keep feeling better, no matter how far you travel. This kit includes instant mixes of Hocus Pocus, Brainchild and Dream Supply with adaptogenic mushrooms such as Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane. Get healthy and stay healthy during your travels with this complete collection of instant beverages.

Reishi Mushroom Protein Bars by Balance: These delicious protein bars are perfect for travelers. Besides being an easy on-the-go snack, they help keep blood sugar in check. Reishi bars add a little kick to support digestive issues and come in lots of delicious flavors — we love Vanilla Chai.

Chocolate Lion Non-Dairy Frozen Treats by Dream Pop: We couldn’t help but add one more sweet treat! Dream Pop has outdone itself with this frozen chocolate infused Lion’s Mane mushroom mixed with coconut milk. Dairy-free, these pops are easy on the stomach, vegan, and a great snacking and anti-fatigue option.

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