5 Supplements that Support Immunity When Travelling 

5 Supplements that Support Immunity When Travelling 
A product of my chosen lifestyle is that I travel on planesA lot! Airplanes are a hotbed for germs and I do everything in my power to make sure when I arrive to my destination, usually an important competition, I’m my healthiest self…meaning limiting the chance that I weaken my immune system/ catch something on a plane. These are my tricks on how to stay healthy while travelling. 

(Note: diet should always come first, and these supplements do exactly that… they supplement a solid foundation.). 

And without getting too scientific… here are mgo-to immunity/travel supplements: 


  • As a beach volleyball player, vitamin D is a staple supplement we naturally get as a result of my sporting environment (beaches, I know I’m super fortunate!). So when our season ends and winter comes around, I need to take a vitamin D supplement to make up for the lack of sun exposure I’m used to gettingPlus, since I travel a lot, I’m typically strapped for space and forced to have an efficient packing method, so I love a good multi-tasking product. The fact that the Genuine Health omega3+ TRIPLE STRENGTH +D3 has 1000 mg of D3 in it, is wondrous and my go to year-round product 

  • Vitamin D plays an important role in triggering a strong antimicrobial response that fights viruses. 

Did you know? Low levels of vitamin D are associated with higher rates of cold, flu and respiratory infections! And up to 80% of North Americans are deficient in vitamin D!  

2. Probiotics & 3. Prebiotics

  • About 70% of your immune tissues live in your gut! 

  • Before I knew about the effects of probiotics on the immune system, I took supplements to help reduce the risk of digestive issues (a common problem when travelling to unknown places). 

  • I love Genuine Health’s advanced gut health probiotic line because they are crafted with multiple strains of friendly bacteria AND are shelf-stable! A traveller’s dream is to not have to worry about refrigeration. Another multi-tasking product that gets a gold star from me. 

  • Best to complement the probiotics in your gut with a prebiotic – essentially it’s food for your good bacteria. Genuine Health has created the ultimate prebiotic superfood product made with 22 fully fermented organic superfoods and prebiotics that nourish the gut. 

Did you know? Taking a daily probiotic supplement has been shown to reduce sick days! And if you get sick, taking a probiotic can shorten the duration by up to 2 days!

4. Propolis

  • Propolis is a natural bodyguard with powerful germ-fighting properties. Initially used by the bees to line the hive walls, protecting everyone inside from the outside germs. Loaded with antioxidants, it contains over 300 beneficial vitamins & minerals! I carry this everywhere I go. 

  • My favourite is the Beekeeper’s Naturals spray. I use this before I hop on flights and multiple times during for preventative measures. And if I feel a tickle coming on, I’ll reach for it immediately. 

  • Bee products in general are antiviral and antimicrobial, plus they stimulate anti-inflammatory properties. Don’t underestimate the power of raw honey and bee pollen! 

Fun Fact: Melissa has Ancient Greek origins and means honeybee in Greek! So I’m obsessed with all things bees and convinced I have a special bond with them 

 5. Melatonin & passionflower

  • Passionflower is a herb that helps relax the mind, which helps you fall asleep faster! 

  • Melatonin helps me fight jet lag and all the time zones efficiently (I once travelled 11 different time zones in 43 hours), but also helps me fall & stay asleep! Why does this matter? Because… 

  • Bonus supplement: SLEEP! 

It’s the best medicine of all. A strong immune system starts with sleep. Sleep is when your body recovers and repairs from the day’s activities & stressors. Importantly, infection-fighting antibodies are reduced when you don’t get enough sleepSpeaking of, I should head to bed before a long day of training tomorrow. Thanks for reading and keep your immune systems strong! 
Melissa Humana-Paredes
Melissa Humana-Paredes

Melissa has been a member of Team Canada for 10 years, first representing Canada when she was just 15 years old. She is a 6x FIVB Gold Medalist, a 5x Canadian Champion, Commonwealth Champion and most recently, a World Champion, earning the first ever Gold for Canada. Currently, Melissa and her partner, Olympian Sarah Pavan are ranked #1 in the world and are aiming to bring back Gold for Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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