For top athletes and businesspersons, travel is part of the game. It can also be a major concern. The stresses of long and often difficult travel days, of adjusting to time zone changes, and of sleeping in an unfamiliar bed and eating new foods can leave you feeling in less-than-top-form at precisely the moment being at your best counts most. 

Fortunately, jet-setting top performers of every kind can do more than just pack their bags and hope for the best.

Thorne has assembled a bundle of products designed to minimize the negative effects on mental sharpness and athletic performance caused by the most common issues that beset travelers — jetlag, dehydration, and close contact with ill and contagious individuals. And here’s more good news – the products discussed below are NSF Certified for Sport®. That means elite athletes can use them knowing they contain exactly what’s on the label, in the amounts listed, and nothing else. These products meet both your high standards, as well as the standards of the major sports governing bodies.

Stave Off Dehydration with Catalyte®

Pressurized airplane cabins can contribute to two of the major threats to performance. The first is dehydration. In the low humidity environment of the airplane cabin dehydration can sneak up on you. Unlike when you sweat from training or exercise, you might not even realize you are becoming dehydrated until well after you arrive at the destination airport. The effect is even greater if you do a strenuous workout or compete soon after your arrival. Using Thorne’s Catalyte during travel can mitigate the effects of dehydration.*

Catalyte is an electrolyte replacement supplement formulated with the typical ratio of sodium to other electrolytes that is found in sweat.* Catalyte also contains a blend of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and zinc that replaces the primary electrolytes lost in sweat, while also helping to repair and rebuild muscle.* Catalyte combines electrolytes with B vitamins, vitamin C, and D-ribose for broad-spectrum repletion of nutrients and hydration of cells.* It is lemon-lime flavored and designed to allow you to individualize your hydration beverage. Use it before, during, and after your travels to keep dehydration from dragging you down.*

Catalyte: Mix 1 level scoop in 9 ounces. of water. Consume before, during, and after travel or workout, or as recommended by your health professional.

For healthy immune function, protect gut health with FloraSport 20B® 

There’s another health risk with air travel, and it’s hard to miss. Who hasn’t been on a plane seated near someone who is sniffing, sneezing, or coughing (or all three)? There’s no escaping exposure to fellow passengers with colds and flus. And once you’ve arrived at your destination you open yourself up to possible stomach and intestinal upset or illness due to competitive stress, unfamiliar foods, and microbes in the water. Your best defense is to bolster your immune function. Thorne’s FloraSport 20B probiotic can help.

FloraSport 20B is a unique blend of freeze-dried Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and two strains of Bifidobacterium lactis. These specific strains have been shown to provide support for individuals who have high demands on their digestive tract or their immune function due to travel, athletic training and competition, and/or chronic stress.* FloraSport 20B contains the specific strains of good bacteria that research has identified can help ward off traveler’s diarrhea, as well as strains that support your respiratory tract.* Each capsule contains 20 billion active cultures.

Florasport 20B: Take 1 capsule daily with a meal, or as recommended by your health professional.

Resynchronize Disrupted Sleep Cycles with Melaton-3

Travel can mess with sleep in several ways. In addition to jetlag, you might be getting up much earlier than usual to catch a flight. Or you might be getting to bed later because of a late scheduled arrival, a travel delay, or a social obligation. And some of us take a while to get used to sleeping in a different bed and a different room. A disruption to your sleep schedule can affect gut health and your body’s ability to fight infection. And being rested is vital to optimal mental sharpness and athletic performance.

Thorne’s Melaton-3 (melatonin) promotes the resynchronization of circadian rhythms, otherwise known as sleep cycles.* Research indicates that melatonin exerts sleep-promoting action by decreasing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, by improving the ability to stay asleep, and by enhancing the depth of sleep.* And if feeling alert and energized isn’t reason enough to use Melaton-3, then consider that an adequate melatonin level has been reported to be a positive factor in cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, and bone health.* Melaton-3 supplies three mg of melatonin in each capsule.

Melaton-3Take 1 capsule at bedtime, or as recommended by a health professional.

Bring your “A” game to an out-of-town competition or a business meeting by bringing Thorne’s Travel Bundle with you whenever you travel. What do you do to cope with travel? Share your tips on social media using the hashtag #OnlyThorne