Overcoming Common Travel Woes
Whether it’s a long-awaited vacation or an upcoming business trip, patients can often use advice on how to proactively reduce their risk of travel-related health issues. From increased stress to poor sleep to digestive disturbances, if a person is not prepared in advance, travel troubles can occur.
When it comes to support during times of stress, including travel tensions, the amino acid L-theanine has been widely studied in the scientific literature specifically regarding stress-related issues. A 2019 randomized controlled trial published in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition involving 30 men and women with no psychiatric issues showed that L-theanine (specifically the Suntheanine® brand) was more effective than placebo in supporting stress and cognitive function. This is consistent with previous studies. In this most recent study, as well as with other published trials, L-theanine also helped support sleep as well.*
Sleep is a big deal when it comes to travel, especially when traveling to different time zones or different countries. In addition to L-theanine, GABA, melatonin, 5-HTP, and the activated form of vitamin B6, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, have all been shown to support sound sleep. Some of the ingredients found in sleep supplements are natural neurotransmitter precursors that help support the quality and quantity of sleep as they calm brain activity and support an overall feeling of relaxation. A 2019 in vivo study published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology demonstrated that the combination of GABA and L-theanine helped support sleep quality and quantity better than either ingredient alone. And, of course, melatonin and 5-HTP have been used consistently over the years to help support sleep.*
Another area of concern for many travelers is digestive upset. Traveling entails changes to hydration habits and normal eating habits, often eating food and drinking water that is available rather than preferred. Traveling with enzymes (chewable are convenient) and a high-quality probiotic can help support digestion before trouble occurs.*
To help your traveling patients reduce some of the woes that can come from their journeys, be sure to have them consider packing these important products:
A high-quality stress formulation that contains L-theanine and other calming ingredients.*
• A comprehensive sleep supplement with natural neurotransmitter precursors and other sleep-supporting nutrients and herbs.*
• Regular or chewable digestive enzymes and shelf stable probiotics.*
As with most health issues, when it comes to travel, being prepared is key.
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Kim S, Jo K, Hong K, et al. Pharmaceutical Biology. 2019; 57(1).
Kunugi H, Hidese S, Ogawa S, et al. Current Developments in Nutrition. 2019;3(