Have you ever come home from traveling, after staying up late, dining out, or enjoying fun cocktails, only to realize that you’re not feeling so awesome? While I personally LOVE traveling, I also know that it can take a toll on my body. This is why I taught myself how to bounce back quickly and also why I wanted to share my must haves to help reset your body today!
Have you ever experienced any of these symptoms:
- Feeling like your digestion is off
- Brain fog
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Craving sugar
- Just not feeling your best
While none of these are fun, the great news is, this can simply mean that your gut needs some extra love! When given the proper tools that we need to thrive, our bodies are designed to be resilient, and these small changes can really add up! If any of this resonates with you, keep on reading to see my tips that can truly help you get back on track and feeling great.
*As always, be sure to check with your doctor or health care practitioner before starting any new supplements or making any lifestyle changes. As I often say, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to anything. It’s all about finding what works best for YOU, and it’s my hope that this gives you a great place to start.
Prebiotics + Probiotics
My body LOVES both of these. Whenever I come back from traveling, I always load up on extra prebiotics and probiotics, as they are both so helpful in releasing any negative symptoms that I’m experiencing.
Simply put, prebiotics are a form of dietary fiber that help to feed the good bacteria in your gut, and probiotics ARE the live, good bacteria.
One of my favorite ways to get in both is through taking Athletic Greens.
Prebiotics can also be found in certain foods, such as:
- Dandelion greens
- Green bananas
I also get in additional probiotics through eating sauerkraut (Wildbrine is my current favorite brand), drinking kombucha (GT’s is my go-to), and taking a probiotic capsule (prescribed by my functional practitioner).
When my good bacteria isn’t adequate, I can always tell as this often leads to brain fog, anxiety, and other symptoms that most wouldn’t necessarily connect to gut health … but they are directly connected! For more on this, be sure to check out our post on Stressed? The Gut-Brain Connection.
An important note: If your gut is more sensitive, you might not do well with probiotics, and/or you might want to start off slow. This same rule can also apply if you’re brand new to probiotics, as you can always work your way up to the recommended dose that is appropriate for you.
Collagen & Gelatin
These are two of my other must haves for feeling awesome! I use collagen daily in my Matcha Latte, and swear by it for gut health, as well as keeping my hair, skin, and nails super healthy! I even take travel packs with me whenever I’m away from home, and load up on it even more once I’m back.
Using grass-fed gelatin to make gut-healing gummies is another favorite! These are super easy, really delicious, and a great way to get in on the gut-loving goodness of gelatin. Gelatin is derived from collagen and is high in protein, rich in amino acids, and it can be great for healing your gut, as well as protecting your bones and joints.
You can check out my gummy recipes here:
- Gut Healing Gummies
- Strawberry Lemonade Gummies
- Spiced Pear Pie Gummies
- Chocolate Banana Gummies
- Blueberries & Cream Gummies
Bone broth has been my go-to for healing for many years, as it’s made an incredible impact on healing my gut, and such a noticeable difference in my overall health. I swear by this stuff!
Anytime that I’m feeling “off,” I make sure to get a cup or two of this liquid gold into my daily diet.
Bone broth is highly nutritious, as it contains vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and collagen. These can help to strengthen the lining of your gut, reduce inflammation, protect the joints, and more.
These days, I prefer to purchase pre-made, grass-fed and pasture-raised bone broth, as there are so many amazing brands, but this is also so simple and inexpensive to make on your own. I have easy recipes for Slow Cooker Bone Broth, as well as Instant Pot Bone Broth.
You can turn bone broth into delicious soups, stews, sauces, gravies, and even my bone broth latte (sounds weird, but it’s DELICIOUS).
To make my bone broth latte, simply blend together:
- 12 ounces bone broth (warmed up)
- 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter, ghee, or dairy-free butter (Miyoko’s Creamery is my favorite brand)
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- Sea salt + pepper, to taste
Turmeric can be a powerful anti-inflammatory, which is exactly why I include it in my bone broth latte. I always load up on it after any sort of travel, and I always see a very noticeable difference. If you’re not into the flavor of turmeric, or just want a super easy way to get it in, you can always look into taking a pill form (Gaia is one of the brands that I trust).
Load up on Veggies
Lastly, and probably one of the easiest to overlook … loading up on those veggies!
We all know how great vegetables are for our bodies, but they can also be easy to skip/not get enough of. I always notice a positive difference in my health and digestion when I focus on getting tons of veggies in, especially after traveling. Raw, cooked, pureed, green juices, or whatever your body tolerates the best … it all adds up!
If you’re currently dealing with a flare up of any gut issues, I’d also highly recommend reading my post all about How I Supercharge my Gut Health. While many years have passed since this post was originally written, the content remains just as helpful to this day!