We’re just about to head into the holiday travel season and I thought I’d share a lesson I learned recently about preventing the stiffness that often accompanies long car or plane rides. Plus I’ve got some additional tips to keep you healthy during this busy and stressful time.

This past summer, I drove from State College to the Adirondacks, an 8-hour drive when you include a few short stops.

I arrived with a horrendous crick in my back and barely hobbled from the car to our cabin, too stiff to move. That was not a fun way to start a brief vacation. I had forgotten to take care of my body by altering my supplement regimen to adjust to the long drive.

I was much smarter on the way home and arrived home with no issues at all, feeling limber and comfortable.

What was the difference?

Magnesium To The Rescue

On the way home I remembered the importance of increasing my magnesium intake. I normally take about 650 mg magnesium each day but on our way home I boosted it to 1800 mg on our driving day. It made a huge difference because magnesium is a muscle relaxant.

If you tend towards constipation, use the Magnesium Malate form. Magnesium Malate helps rehydrate the stool and soften it, making elimination easier. Keep in mind that tight back muscles can contribute to constipation. and relaxing the back muscles also facilitates easy bowels.

If constipation is not an issue use the Buffered Magnesium Chelate form of magnesium which will not affect the bowels.

If you’d like to hear more about the many benefits of magnesium, read HERE:

I thought I’d share a few other tips that have helped me over the years.

Zinc For Eyes

I find that my vision is very sensitive to my zinc status, especially as I get older. I now need a steady intake of 50 mg Zinc Citrate/day to be able to read without readers (it’s still a strain but I can do it ). If I get lax about this amount, within a day or two I can’t read a thing without glasses on my face. Please note that if you a