Lack of sleep, stress, anxiety, different time zones; these are all major contributors to lowered immunity levels during a business trip. Pair that with long meetings, unhealthy food, and lack of exercise, and you’ll get a depleted system that can barely function. However, for a business trip to be successful, you need to give your 100%, and the only way to do that is if you feel at the top of your game. So, here are 3 easy yet delicious hacks which can keep you happy and healthy during your next business endeavor.
Sneak in a few drops of propolis
During most business meetings, you’ll be offered coffee, tea, water – some sort of refreshment. The smartest choice would be water or tea, as these won’t make you jittery, and more importantly, these healthier options pair beautifully with propolis drops. Bee propolis is a natural immunomodulator, i.e. a chemical agent that modifies the immune response by aiding the production of antibodies. Simply put, it helps the body create extra antibodies which in turn effectively fend off various bacteria, viruses, and other unwanted intruders that may cause ailments ranging from simple colds to more serious conditions, like pneumonia.
Furthermore, this naturally derived substance can also alleviate allergy symptoms brought on by mold and other external allergens, which may become worse when one’s immunity weakens. So, if you want to say goodbye to a sore throat, runny nose, and headaches during your meetings, make sure you sneak in 5-10 drops at least once a day into your beverages.
Switch from coffee to green tea
The average coffee consumption is 3.2 cups of coffee a day. That may not sound like a lot, but the odds are, you’ll double those numbers when you’re a on business trip. And while there’s no denying that coffee contributes to sharp concentration, speed, and attentiveness – all of which are important during business meetings – too much of a good thing can actually work against you. So, when you’re about to reach for your 4th cup of joe, reach for green tea instead. Green tea contains a considerable amount of caffeine (50 mg per 8-oz), which means you won’t experience caffeine withdrawal, but it also has additional benefits. Namely, it is loaded with antioxidants which can help fend off bacteria and naturally boosts the immune system.
Munch on healthy nuts
Healthy fats are crucial for a strong immune system, as well as proper brain function; and what better way to get them than through healthy nuts. So, instead of going for potato chips or other unhealthy alternatives, opt for almonds, peanuts, cashews, or walnuts. These are all convenient yet healthy snacks that can be consumed in between or during your meetings (if allowed). Unlike unhealthy alternatives, which mostly contain saturated fat, healthy nuts contain Omega 3 fatty acids which boost the immune system, memory, and help fend off viruses. A handful of these a day will do the trick, and will drastically reduce the chances of you getting sick during your trip.
Favorable results are pretty hard to achieve without optimal health. So, to ensure your company’s success, take care of yourself first, so that you can take care of your business.
Guest Author, Jenny Holt, is a former HR executive turned freelance writer, who now spends more time with her young family and ageing, but ever eager Labrador, Rover.