Staying healthy on the road is no small task. Between the parties, late nights, and varied nutrition – you may find yourself struggling to stay fit and make gains while traveling. Plus, it can be hard to pack your whole supplement stack in your bag while packing light. You can only fit so many bottles and supplements in one backpack.
Buying everything you need when you arrive at your first destination is an option, but most find the selection limited. You won’t find an Amazon.com like selection of supplements anywhere outside the Western world. It’s just not going to happen. Luckily, there are a few supplements that can be found in nearly every country on earth. These supplements are common and typically can be used as cooking supplies, too.
So without further ado, here are six supplements you can find all across the world:
Yep, coffee is a supplement – one of the best available. And unsurprisingly, you can find coffee in pretty much any country you’ll ever travel to. Everyone loves coffee! You can use coffee for mental stimulation and a quick pick me up before starting work for the day. You can down a coffee as a pre-workout to give yourself an extra boost in the gym after a late night out. You can even drink some coffee before going out for the evening, especially if you’ve been going out every single night.
It’s a little harder to find good apple cider vinegar (ACV) in foreign countries than finding good coffee, but that’s to be expected. But I’ve been able to find Bragg’s ACV in nearly every country I’ve been. It just takes some searching around. Mixing a little honey and ACV with water is the ideal drink during a gym session, and offers a myriad of health benefits, especially when your nutrition isn’t ideal like back at home.
Some benefits of apple cider vinegar include:
Aids in weight loss
Lowers blood sugar levels
Increased energy levels
Most are surprised to find out drinking baking soda water offers some health benefits. While it doesn’t taste great, you can use baking soda to improve gym performance, as it acts a buffer against lactic acid formation. Baking soda also can offer an energy boost and can be used to fight off a cold on occasion. Of course, you’ll be able to find baking soda in every single country around the world. It’s essential to cook many things.
Some health benefits of baking soda include:
Enhanced physical performance
Help fight colds and the flu
One of my favorite supplements out there, you can buy coconut oil pretty much anywhere you go. You can find it at every decent grocery store. Coconut oil offers some benefits to your health, especially on the road. First, coconut oil offers infection-fighting fatty acids. These fatty acids can help keep you healthy on the road where you’ll be exposed to new germs. As well, the oil has been shown to benefit cognitive function and help you lose fat. It’s also great for your hair and skin.
A few of the health benefits of coconut oil include:
Potato starch, or resistant starch, is one potent supplement. You can find it in most countries, and it can aid in a number of various health issues. Many use potato starch to improve their gut health and lower blood sugar levels. You can also aid weight loss with resistant starch. Many consider this supplement a superfood for your gut.
The health benefits of potato starch:
Improves gut health
Aids in weight loss
Lowers blood sugar levels
One of my favorite supplements to take on the road is plain, old garlic. As garlic is a popular ingredient to cook with, you can find it pretty much everywhere. And the health benefits of garlic are impressive. Garlic supplementation can aid in reducing blood pressure, fighting a cold, boosting athletic performance, and much more. Plus, garlic is dirt cheap. You can buy a months supply of garlic for $2-3 USD.
The health benefits of garlic include:
Lowers blood pressure
Fight common cold
Improved athletic performance
6 Supplements You Can Find All Around the World
Traveling with supplements is hard. It can be done, but you’ll need careful planning and smart packing to make it work. Instead, try buying some of these supplements at the grocery store when you arrive. You’ll save a little money and stay healthy at the same time. Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you have to lack your health suffer. Incorporate these supplements into your routine on the road, and you’ll be sure to feel better.
Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel - one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.