October 16, 2015
How to Stay Healthy when Travelling
When you visit a city for the first time you’re vulnerable to the local cold bugs and flu viruses. Yet even though I travel frequently, I seldom get sick. This is what I do.
There may be little hard science proof for it, however I've found it helps to eat the local yogurt and the local honey. The probiotics in the yogurt and the antibacterial properties of the honey are the good sort of “local police” bugs you need in your system to deal with the nasty ones, if and when you encounter them.
But don’t buy the first big brand, industrial-refined version you see. By local, I really mean that. Look for products from farms that are located as close to the city as possible. You want organic, grass-fed (yogurt) and if you can find it, preferably raw products. (Try the farmers markets.) I admit that tracking down urbanized cows, sheep or goats may not be practical, However finding honey from city beehives is quite doable. Especially if you are in Copenhagen - a city with a community-spirited, non-profit enterprise like Bybi.
At Bybi they rents beehives to over 20 businesses, organizations and schools in Copenhagen to encourage them to produce pesticide- and pollution- free honey from their gardens and rooftops. You can find a list of their members on their website . The jar I picked up this trip was produced by the Botanisk Have (the Botanical Garden at the National History Museum) and available in their gift shop off Gothergade Street for 50 Kr/jar. However, thanks to Bybi you can zoom down your locality almost to the very street you are staying on. The company collects and sells honey by 'hood: Vesterbro, Frederiksberg, Osterbro, etc. Apparently each neighbourhood has its own slightly different flavour.
For yogurt I buy a rich, slightly tart yogurt crafted in a traditional manner by farmer Susanne Hovmand-Simonson from organic sheep’s milk and sold in numbered batches under the Knuthland Gods label. Her dairy is located in the village of Stokkemarke (pop. 412) on the island of Lolland, south of Copenhagen. You can pick some up in the food floor of the Magasin du Nord department store next to Kongens Nytorv metro station. 40Kr/tub
One nice thing – the yogurt and the honey go great together, either as a snack or for breakfast.
p.s. If this fails, then taking Vitamin C and some Zinc when you feel it coming on should cut the duration and severity of the attack by about half. Well, at least that's true in my experience.