Travelling rejuvenates body and invigorates mind. Ayurveda stress on importance of caring our health when you enjoy new destination.
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Why you should Travel ?
A small picnic for a short period of time can do wonders for our well being. Taking a break from our regular busy routine rejuvenates mind and relaxes it. New place, different food and experiences help to de-stress mind and body.
A good destination around our town or city can be chosen to break monotony of busy routine. We can ask family members or friends to join. The trip may be short- lasting for half day, or long lasting for weeks, but it should help to relax our mind and refresh it. Even business trips can be made more enjoyable.
Health Benefits of Travelling
There are various health benefits of travelling. Some are listed here.
It helps to reduce stress.
In this modern world our body and mind get stressed very easily with busy schedules like meeting deadlines, attending kids school meetings—the list goes on. The stress so accumulated takes a toll on our body and mind. Stress increases the level of cortisol (stress hormone). Stress worsens the conditions like diabetes, hypertension, hair loss, obesity, anxiety, psoriasis, depression etc. Travelling reduces stress. Correspondingly, reduction of stress lowers the level of cortisol (stress hormone). Low cortisol level in blood promotes good health and checks the progress of the above mentioned health conditions. Relaxation also helps to release of feel good hormones or endorphins which boost the overall health of body.
A trip to a good destination or traveling breaks the monotony of daily routine. This has a healing effect on stagnant body and mind. The creativity of a person increases by leaps and bounds. A new enthusiasm and vigour charge body and mind.
Increases Family Bonding
The company of loved ones keeps the mind happy. Hearty talks and laughs are best medicines for good health. Even the memories of these moments boost confidence and can reduce stress. A trip to calm beaches, remote village which is full of green surroundings, riverside is a blessing in disguise for people who are interested in spirituality. Doing Yoga or Meditation amidst nature helps to experience new dimensions in spirituality. Thus the trip proves to be beneficial in all aspects
A trip can help to rediscover oneself. Trekking, surfing, running on beach, walking on the edge of river bed etc provide excellent exercise to body and relaxes mind. Traveling enriches knowledge. A peep into different culture and lifestyle gives a new view to life.
While traveling our body becomes very active. An active body harbours an active mind. This boosts overall health of body and mind. Again mind starts planning next trip or vacation.
Ayurveda Health Care When you Travel
50% of people, who travel, suffer a travel – related illness. All travelers should be well prepared for travel and be prepared to protect themselves from travel related illness. In this issue various aspects of travel related illness have been discussed with related protective measures.
According to ayurveda traveling causes vitiation of vata dosha. Vata dosha regulates all the activities of body like digestion, respiration, excretion, transmission of nerve impulses , reflexes, body movements etc. When vata gets vitiated due to traveling all these normal functions of body also get imbalanced .The imbalances in body functions project themselves as travel related illness.
Ayurveda remedies for Motion sickness:
Almost every body is susceptible to motion sickness. Fatigue, giddiness, deprivation of sleep, nausea and vomiting are the main unwelcome symptoms of motion sickness. Avoid consuming alcohol, pain killers, spicy foods, fried foods and junk foods during traveling. Try to relax and chose a window seat. Do not read or talk. Or watch someone who is motion sick.
Eat light food like kichdi or yavagu (rice gruel). Include pomegranate, ginger and curd in your diet while traveling. Rinse your mouth and wash your face with cold water as soon as you take your food.
Ayurvedic solution for travel Diarrhea:
Though travelers’ diarrhea is mild inconvenience to a traveler, it may at times be life threatening too. Upsets in digestive system frequently occur in travelers due to stress, time zone changes, irregular meal times and new foods. But serious diarrhea during traveling is caused by bacteria, viruses or parasitic infections. The best way out is to take ample precautionary measures.
Wash your hands frequently. Use sanitizing liquids, hand washes or gels which cleanse the hands without water. Always use disposable hygienically packed tissue papers than towels. Avoid street, roadside foods, buffet meals. Select food which is well cooked and served hot. Thick-skinned fruits which you can peel yourself are usually safe. Avoid raw or undercooked meat, fish, uncooked vegetables, salads. Be care full with unpasteurized milk and milk products. Always use sealed mineral water, canned juices and beverages. Never use ice cubes or unsealed bottled beverages. Bottled Beer, wine and hot coffee or tea are safe. Drink from original containers or clean glasses
If you get mild diarrhea eat light ,soft and semi solid foods like idli, soups etc which are easily digestible. Avoid heavy, spicy and non vegetarian foods. Drink plenty of fruit juices.(canned or hygienically packed.). Keep yourself well hydrated. Consult a doctor immediately if diarrhea leads to dehydration.
Ayurveda remedies for Constipation during travelling:
People often become constipated when traveling because their normal diet and daily routines are disrupted. Drink plenty of water and consume food which are rich in fibers to avoid constipation.
Try to adhere to routine food timings .Drink a big glass of water every day morning. Avoid frequent consumption of tea or coffee. Taking two thriphala (a combination of amla, haritaki, vibhitaki powders) tablets with warm water before going to bed helps to normalize bowel movements. These tablets should be avoided during pregnancy.
Tired feet remedies
Even healthy people can get blood clots in their legs after long hours of traveling. Try to walk every now and then. Drink water, stretch your calf muscles while you’re sitting and wear support stockings.
Foot bath for tired feet:
Massage your foot with little coconut oil and soak them in warm water . You can add few drops of lavender oil or peppermint oil or sandal wood oil to warm water. After a foot bath rub your foot. Relax after a foot bath.
Prevention of Malaria during travel:
To prevent mosquito bites and malaria wear mosquito repellent .Stay indoors between dusk and dawn. The malaria spreading mosquitoes generally feed at this time. Apply mosquito repellent, to your clothes and bedding. Wear socks, long pants, and long-sleeve shirts when outdoors. Use a mosquito net while sleeping. Stay in air-conditioned, screened accommodation.
To avoid jet lag get plenty of sleep before you leave. Don’t drink a lot of alcohol while on flight. Eat well-balanced meals and avoid over eating. Exercise as much as you can on your trip. Get used to a new time zone by going along with the local meal and bedtime schedules.
Do not drive in unfamiliar places where you know less about that regional language, road conditions, rules of the road, condition of the vehicles. etc. Choose your transportation carefully. Check the security, life saving facilities provided in the transport. Chose, the cab with seat belts, hotels with fire escape and ferries with life preservers. Never swim in unknown rivers or seas when you are not familiar with sea currents and waves.
Have a safe sex when you are with unfamiliar new partners. Alcohol, drugs and sex are dangerous combination
Get immunized with vaccines before traveling. Avoid animal bites and saliva. If you are bitten by dog wash the wound immediately with soap and water.
Travel during pregnancy:
If you chose to travel during pregnancy the second trimester (weeks 14 to 27) is the best time. Before traveling take the opinion of your consulting doctor and provide him the sufficient details about the places you are visiting, mode of transport etc.
Tips for senior travelers
See your doctor for a checkup and discuss your fitness .See your dentist and ophthalmologist. Keep a spare pair of glasses, any medications you need in a small medical kit. Organize travel health insurance with pre-existing illness cover if needed. Make sure it covers emergency evacuation. Make sure routine immunizations are done before traveling. Consider your back – use luggage with built in wheels. Take clothes and hats to suit the climate.
Other safety precautions:
Check with the regional office or through internet the situation of places you are planning to visit. The destination places must be free from riots, terrorism, floods or other calamities.
Preparations for traveling lead to worry and tensions. Here are few relaxing tips before and during traveling.
1. Close your eyes , take five deep breaths through your nose and pay attention only to your breathing while doing this.
2. Taking a hot shower relaxes your muscles, and the break from more stressful activities helps too.
3. Laugh. Laughing helps to relax. Find people who can make you laugh and make your moments lighter..
4. Listen to relaxing music.
5. Take a walk.
6. Get a hug.
A visit to your family physician and some thought and planning ahead make your trip more successful and memorable. We wish you a rewarding, memorable, safe and healthy trip.
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