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March 18, 2014

Therapeutic Nutrition

6 Essential Supplements for Travel

When I go on vacation I want to be able to enjoy my time to its fullest. This means taking some simple precautions to make sure jet lag is minimal, my energy is abundant, I don’t catch any foreign bugs, and I return home in better health than when I left.

It is estimated that about 30-70% of travellers get some form of travellers diarrhea. 1 And people who are careful not to consume fresh fruits or vegetables, and who make sure everything is cooked and peeled, can also get sick.

In today’s video I discuss the six supplements I never leave home without when travelling to foreign countries.

The 6 Essential Supplements for Travel:

(Note: consult a qualified health care practitioner to determine the right supplements and dosage for your unique biochemistry.)

1. Adaptogens

2. Melatonin

  • Between 1-3mg of melatonin. Choose a brand that delivers the melatonin as a tablet that dissolves under the tongue.

3. Probiotics

4. Anti-microbials

5. Activated Charcoal

6. Indole-3-Carbinol

I have given these recommendations to many people and I have had feedback ranging from “the activated charcoal saved my life” to “everyone got sick but me”.

Remember, an ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure.

Safe travels!

– Josh




  1. Vaishali says:

    Excellent video! I wish you had done this video when i went to India. Will keep this in mind during my next visit.

  2. Maggie says:

    Hey Josh – This is such an informative video. Thank you so much! I am wondering about the Indole 3-Carbinol. We are travelling right now and we’ve been drinking a lot of bottled water. I’m in my first trimester though, is Indole 3-Carbinol safe for pregnancy? Thanks so much.

    • Josh Gitalis says:

      I would recommend you focus on consuming high amounts of cruciferous vegetables, which are natural sources of I3C. There are no studies on using I3C in pregnant women because it would be unethical. Thus, there is no safety information.

  3. maria says:

    Thank you VERY VERY much.. I can’t tell you how helpful this is… I have gone to Cuba a few times and each time I have traveller’s diarrehea..even though, I have taken charcoal and probiotics..but I look forward to trying some of your brands.
    Thanks soo much for sharing… I’ve been waiting to see this..thanks again

    • Josh Gitalis says:

      You are very welcome. I’m glad you found it of value. You’ll be more than prepared next trip to Cuba. Safe travels!

  4. marie says:

    A great elixir for PMS

  5. Hi Josh!

    This video has me wondering about taking oregano and probiotics at the same time. I’ve heard that one of the great things about taking oregano essential oil is that it doesn’t kill of the good bacteria in the gut (the way antibiotics do!). But I’ve also heard that you might not want to take your probiotics at the same time you’re giving yourself a “round” of oregano. Thoughts? I’d love to hear your take on this. Thanks in advance!

    Katie 🙂

  6. Bridget Forshaw says:

    I looked up ADP and it looks like it’s just emulsified oregano oil. Is this more effective than taking drops?
    Great info, thanks!

    • Josh Gitalis says:

      Yes it is because it gets released throughout the whole digestive tract. The drops get absorbed before making it to the future parts of the GI tract.

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