One of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was to hang out with my friends in a back yard after an exciting day of playing outside and day dream about all the cool things we’d do when we grow up. We’d visualize people, situations, places and things we wanted to have or experience in our adult lives. I remember one day after reading about wild adventures of Robinson Crusoe we started wondering how would it be like to go to a remote tropical island and what we’d possibly take with us. Back then my priorities focused on a snorkeling mask, a small swiss knife, a snack and a bottle of water. Fun but practical.
Going back my memory line always brings a smile on my face and even though I’m about 20 years older and I actually have traveled to many tropical places by now, I definitely stand by my set of necessities I bring with me on my trips. There is nothing more mesmerizing than diving in tropical waters so having a mask is fantastic, a small knife is always useful for cutting local fruits and I definitely always remember to take some food and water with me when I explore a new tropical place. There is however a one very important thing that I add to my adult traveling list – a natural fist aid kit.
If you’ve ever traveled to another country or even a state you may have noticed how extremely different from each other they can be. Because of their unique climates each geographical area on Earth has it’s own bacterial flora and viruses specific to this particular region. Wherever you grow up, your body is the most immune to the viruses and bacterias from this area. That’s because you were exposed to them and your body fought them and created antibodies so – if your immune system is functioning properly – you don’t have to worry about them anymore. That’s why when you go to a place, that your body doesn’t recognize as its own, you may experience some serious health issues called traveler’s sicknesses like fever, muscle pain, all spectrum of stomach revelations like diarrhea, nausea etc. The good part is, you can avoid most of these unpleasant experiences if you prepare yourself in advance. All you need to do is strengthen your immune system by providing your body with proper nutrients and healthy bacteria. If you’re planing your trip to an exotic place, make sure you start preparing your body at least 3-4 weeks before the trip. If you’re planing on exploring more rural places, eat local street food etc. I highly recommend on giving yourself at least 5-6 weeks of preparation.
How to prepare your body for an exotic trip
These are very important steps to strengthen your immune system. Follow these 3 steps for a few weeks before traveling to a tropical place:
- Probiotics – The best source of probiotics is organic, raw fermented food like yoghurt, kefir, souerkraut, pickles etc. In fact, in just one spoon of raw kefir you’ll typically find the equivalent of a whole bottle of average probiotics in capsuls. If you don’t have an access to raw fermented food, you can buy probiotics in capsuls in every health store or order from a trustworthy source (www.draxe.com, www.naturalnews.com, www.mercola.com etc.) Chose the ones with the largest amount of living bacterias. If you experience some stomach issues after you start taking them, just lower the dose and slowly build up your tolerance.
- Vitamin D3 – It is one of the most important immune system boosters known to man. Sadly enough, most of our population nowadays is Vit. D3 deficient which can lead to many serious health problems. Your skin naturally produces Vit. D while exposed to a proper sun light. However you have to be very selective about the time of the day you’re going out on the sun. The rule of thumb is to check your own shadow when you go outside. If the length of your shadow is shorter then your height, it means that you’re exposing yourself to the good type of sun light called UVB, which is the only type of light that makes your skin produce vit. D. If your shadow is longer then your height – then you’re exposed to a harmful UVA.
- Vitamin C – Another immune system booster. The best source of Vit. C are fruits and vegetables, you can also get a significant amount from a Camu-Camu powder etc. If you’re preparing for a tropical trip I recommend you doing a HDVC (High Dose Vit. C) Therapy. The optimal HDVC therapy involves 2000mg Vit. C x 4 times a day for at least a couple of weeks. Note, that it has to be a Vit. C of natural source or extracted from the actual plant, not a synthetic one. You need the one with bioflavonoids, otherwise you won’t be able to absorb such a high dose in your body and it will be a gigantic waste of money.
Now, that your immune system is ready to fight any types of bacteria and viruses, lets get straight to the point.
Natural First Aid Kit
– for a trip to a tropical place –
- Probiotics – make sure you continue taking your probiotics during the whole trip. Billions of strains of good bacteria will line in your stomach and intestins creating a strong protective barrier from all the potential harmful viruses and bacteria
- Vit. C with bioflavonoids and Vit. D3 – they can be a real life savers. Both boost your immune system immediately shortening the time your body needs to fight any infection, fever etc.
- Minerals and Electrolytes – electrolytes are a medical term for salts (which are in fact minerals), speciffically for electrically charged ions. They are however many more minerals your body needs to function properly. They get flushed out of your body by sweating, diarrhea, vomiting etc. so chances are, that you may need some extra minerals if you’re traveling to an exotic place. I use black mineral powder containing over 77 different types of minerals and it also has some probiotics. It’s amazingly helpful with treating heat strokes, dehydration caused by not drinking enough water, diarrhea or other stomach issues. I usually dissolve a scoop of electrolytes or mineral powder in my water bottle when I’m planing on a going for a long hike. A fantastic natural source of electrolytes is coconut water.
- Iodine (preferably Lugol’s solution) or Hydrogen Peroxide – this is a total must. Even a tiny scratch can lead to a serious infection if you don’t disinfect it, do not ignore it! If you happen to be stuck in a remote tropical place without an immediate access to your first aid fit – coconut water has amazing antiseptic properties as well.
- Artemisinin, Goldenseal, Neem Leaves, Fenugreek, Echinacea – each and every one of them has very strong abilities to fight an inflammation, fever – especially effective on malarian and dengue fever, flu-like symptoms etc.
- Activated Charcoal – it can be your best friend during the first few days of traveling when your body is adapting to a new place causing some stomach issues
- Camomile tea – helps with stomach issues. Then you can use tea bags for itchy skin, puffy eyes, rushes, bug bites etc.
- Black Seed Oil – amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial properties. Proven in stimulating human body to kill cancer cells and the most resistant strains of bacteria and viruses including HIV, staphylococcal,tuberculosis, influenza (flu), gonorrhea, candida, and malaria (type of parasitic infection)
- Wormwood and Black Walnut extract (or essential oils) – These will take care of all the harmful organisms like worms or parasites that enter your body. You can also go to your natural health store and get a mixture of oils or extracts with the same properties (like Paratrex formula – wormwood, walnut, neem, cloves etc)
- Oregano oil – very strong anti macrobial, anti bacterial (effective against various bacterial infections, such as Candida albicans, staphylococcus, E. coli, campylobacter, salmonella, klebsiella, the aspergillus mold, giardia, pseudomonas, and listeria), works like a shield against toxins and parasites. Mix a couple of drops of oregano oil with a tea spoon of coconut oil and hold it under your tong for a few minutes 4 times a day.
- Frankincense oil nice relief from bug bites
- Garlic, GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract), Colloidal silver – natural antibiotics. unbelievably helpful with fighting any infections in your body
- Aloe Vera gel – amazing relief for sun burned skin, itching, bug bites etc.
- Baking soda – so many uses, that it’s hard to list them all in one article. Mixed with water into paste makes a great bug bite remedy, 1 tea spoon dissolved in a glass of water stops nausea and other types of indigestions, taken with water a couple times a day kills fungi, mold and parasites, reduces duration flu-like symptoms, treats urinary tract infection etc., etc., etc…
- Coconut oil – coconut oil contains caprylic acid which has medium-chain fatty acids that have anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial components. Used topically makes a great natural shield from many harmful organisms, also works like a charm for itching, rushes and bug bites.
- DIY anti-malaria mixture – Even though I left my DIY anti-malaria, deworming elixir for the last, this is something I would actually never leave to a tropical place without. After years of researching all the possible threats of traveling to remote places, I came up with my own formula to prevent me from getting sick even though I do expose myself to tropical bacteria and viruses constantly by eating street food, getting bitten by mosquitos etc. I’ve selected the most potent natural ingredients and I make sure I take 1 tea spoon of the mixture twice a day.
DIY anti-malaria mixture
2 Tbs ground Cinnamon
2 Tbs ground Cloves
2 Tbs ground Cardamon
2 Tbs ground Ginger
2 Tbs Turmeric
1 Tsp Cayenne pepper
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
3/4 cup Manuka Honey
1/8 Tsp GSE
1/2 Tsp Black Walnut extract
2 mini scoops of Black MP Living Powder
Mix it all well and keep it in a jar while traveling. Take 1-2 tsp of mixture a day. Multiple doses if you’re traveling for extended amount of time.
So this my thoroughly researched and personally tested, life saving set of goodies. Obviously since many of them have similar effects you don’t need to take them all, just select the ones you like the most, do your own research. I travel constantly and this is my one and only immunization and my first aid kit, that works wonderfully. I can vouch for the amazing healing properties of each and every remedy on the above list from my own experience. HOWEVER. If you decide to travel to a remote, tropical place you need to take a charge of your own health and life and take it very seriously. That means, in order for it to work you need to be diligent about taking your supplements. If you cut yourself – disinfect it immediately, if you get bitten by a tropical mosquito, have a fever, diarrhea or stomach issues – act accordingly. Things happens when you travel and you need to be always prepared and stay focused in order to truly enjoy your trip.
When I travel to a new place, whether it’s a fancy old town of Monaco or a tribal village in a remote island on Pacific Ocean, my goal is always the same: to have a real local experience. I eat street food, find local people to hang out with, try to learn their language and truly soak their culture, and tradition. But I don’t play Russian Roulette with my own health and life – I’m prepared to fight any physical condition of the region I travel to and I do it all naturally backed up by a ton of research and experience. Always.
Before I close this article, I want to shortly explain the back story behind being so serious about this topic. A few years ago I almost lost my husband to a terrible staph infection he got when he cut his foot on a reef in Philippines. We had so much cliff diving that day, that he forgot to disinfect his – what he thought was just a small scratch and we continued exploring the island we stayed on until late at night. A few days went by and one night I woke up to him shaking next to me from an extremely high fever half conscious in the middle of the night with his whole leg tripled in size. If that doesn’t sound scary enough, we were stuck on a tiny remote island without any access to a hospital or even a doctor. Sitting by his side, crying and waiting until 6am for the first boat that could take us to the closest somewhat urban town located on another island was the longest few hours of my life. Luckily, we got to a hospital on time, the infection didn’t spread to his vital organs yet and after a few days of therapy he finally got better. Here is the thing though. That situation could have been really easily preventable – a simple act of disinfecting a scratch, strengthening his immune system before and during the trip or at the very least loading his body with some natural antibiotics and immune boosters could’ve saved him from experiencing that critical situation. But at that time we didn’t have any of them, we just didn’t think something that stupid can lead to something that serious. And it’s not like we didn’t have the knowledge to prevent it – my husband had a few months left to become a doctor at the time, he already had a degree in human biology and he does medical research for living for God’s sake! That situation thought us both a lot. We still travel to tropical places, we eat street food and hang out with locals. But we prepare our bodies for every trip and make sure we take all the necessary steps to stay in control of our own health. And we definitely would’t do any of these without our natural immunization and first aid kit!
I’m very fortunate to share my passion for traveling and healthy life style with my wonderful husband Mike, who I love deeply and to whom I dedicate this article to.