Our ambassador Julie Morris is a Los Angeles-based natural foods chef and superfood expert, regular on-camera personality, and author of five cookbooks, including the New York Times bestseller Superfood Smoothies. Take it from the expert on how she keeps her health at its peak by reading her summer essentials list below.
Maximize Hydration | Let’s start with the obvious and just get it out of the way: Drink water, and drink a lot of it. Traveling can be extremely dehydrating, which directly affects how well your immune system can function. Soda, juice, and coffee don’t count. Water, water, and more water.
Pack Some Greens | Few things are as powerful for maintaining health as chlorophyll-rich foods are, which is why bringing along greens is a core part of my travel wellness program. Powdered greens made from top-notch superfoods like wheatgrass and spirulina ensure you are always getting the immune-boosting power of green wherever you go. Julie uses our Green Superfood Blends for years, which come either in large canisters or in little single-serve packs that are so easy to slip into a bag or a pocket and take absolutely anywhere. They come in all different flavors and functions, and are packed with such an impressive curation of superfood ingredients! Her personal favorite is the Green Superfood Tangerine Immunity Blend, which in addition to condensed super greens as the base, also offers an impressive array of top-notch superfoods known for their immune-boosting powers, including medicinal mushrooms, acerola cherry, and a pre/probiotic blend. Just mix with water and you’ve got green juice on the go.
Use Hand Sanitizer | Whether you’re stuck on a plane for 8 hours, or just refueling a car at a gas station, a little hand sanitizer goes a long way to protect you from germ exposure. There’s plenty of good brands on the market, but she actually enjoys making her own with simply a little water, ethyl alcohol, and tea tree oil … as well as a few drops of essential oils, like lavender, eucalyptus, or sage.
Think Vitamin C | If ever there were one nutrient that was to win the immune-boosting award, it would be vitamin C. Either bring or buy something very high in vitamin C during in-flight (or en-route) traveling time, such as some dried goji berries or an orange.
Bring Something Familiar | Going to a new city or a new country can be an exciting gastronomical affair, but it can also wreak havoc on your dietary habits, and thus, your digestion. To help normalize the experience, it’s a good idea to pack something familiar from your diet that you are able to digest easily and are well accustomed to … just in case. This could be protein powder, superfood energy bars, a bag of rice crackers – whatever your go-to safe snack looks like. This little trick alone can help keep you nourished and energized regardless of the situation!
Are you hitting the road this summer? What will you do to ensure your trip is brimming with health to maximize your enjoyment?