Since baby Blake and I have a upcoming trip coming to Japan, I want to make sure we have the following travel essentials for immunity support. These are items that I carry in his diaper bag so they are easy to access. My son is currently 8 months and I’m still breastfeeding him, as it’s packed with disease fighting antibodies that protect your baby from illness. It’s pretty amazing that your breast milk is specifically tailored to your baby. Your body responds to pathogens (virus and bacteria) that are in your body and makes secretory IgA that’s specific to those pathogens, creating protection for your baby based on whatever you’re exposed to. (Source: BabyCenter)

1. Probiotics. I love Mega Flora Probiotics for Baby & Me. Probiotics are everything and ideal when consumed in whole foods form. I normally ferment veggies at home and eat a spoonful daily, but when I’m traveling I will take supplements. The health benefits of probiotics include an increase in nutrient intake and a relief from a number of gastrointestinal issues. They help to maintain the vital balance of good and bad bacteria in our digestive tract, while alleviating muscle pain and fatigue. Probiotics also support the immune system and may help to prevent serious illnesses like cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and even rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: Organic Facts)

2. Collodial Silver. I was introduced to this at Co-Opportunity in Santa Monica, they have amazing wellness products like this. Collodial Silver has a direct effect on cellular respiration, benefiting the body in numerous ways. It’s widely used for antibacterial benefits and to control sinus infections. Colloidal silver can benefit people as a nasal spray, according to a study published in the International Forum for Allergy and Rhinology last year. Specifically shown to kill Staph aureus, you can add a few drops of silver in a “neti pot” or by applying directly into your nasal cavity and letting it drain down your throat by tilting your head back. (Source: Dr Axe)

3. Oregano Oil. I like to mix 4 drops of this in an elixir with cold pressed ginger, turmeric, lemon and black pepper, or just mix with any ginger shot. If you’re not used to the potency of oregano oil, it will be pretty intense the first time but you’ll get used to it. Oregano is nature’s antibiotic. It has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses. It’s a powerful antihistamine. New research is finding that oil of oregano is as effective against colitis as prescription drugs without the harmful side effects. It is also able to regenerate liver cells. (Source: Natural News)

4. Olbas Inhaler. Sometimes when I’m feeling sleepy on a flight, I will inhale this and it energizes me immediately. I love the way it smells; it has a blend of Menthol, Oils of Peppermint, Cajeput and my favorite: Eucalyptol. It gives you an immediate relief from nasal and sinus discomfort due to colds, allergies and air pollution.

5. Prenatal Vitamins. I alternate between Garden of Life‘s mykind prenatal and Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal. I might just take prenatal vitamins the rest of my life, they really are the best vitamins you can take. Prenatal vitamins are a little different from regular multivitamins because they are designed to “fill in the gap” for certain nutrients essential during pregnancy, especially folic acid, vitamin D, iron and calcium. Prenatal supplements typically contain other vitamins and trace minerals, too, but they differ in types and amounts according to the brand. If you need a specific nutrient, read the label carefully. (Source: SF Gate: Healthy Eating)

6. Chia Seeds for Omega 3 Fatty Acids and added hydration (especially on long flights when you tend to feel dehydrated). 4000 mg daily for most adults not only prevents heart disease but also powerfully boosts the immune system. Omega-3 is needed to help vitamin D work in an optimal manner and, in effect, helps prevent vitamin D deficiency. Omega-3 supplementation increases the activity of white cells that gobble up dangerous bacteria. Omega-3 also protects the lungs from colds, flus and other respiratory tract infections.(Source: Dr. Zoltan P. Rona,MD. M. Sc.)

7. Astragalus Root Tea. 1000 mg or more daily of this well-known Chinese herb stimulates white blood cells to both prevent and fight infections. (Source: Dr. Zoltan P. Rona,MD. M. Sc.)

8. Vitamin D Drops for baby. I use Nordic Naturals Baby’s Vitamin D3 Drops. Clinician and researcher Dr. Robert P. Heaney, associate Professor of Medicine at Creighton University, the vitamin D shortfall in infants is a medical problem with serious implications for the future. Heaney reports that the essential nutrient plays an important role during the first year of life, not only helping to metabolize calcium and reduce the risk of infections, but also imparting protection against autoimmune ailments – such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis – that may occur in later life. Human breast milk contains very little vitamin D – a condition that Dr. Heaney says results from the mothers’ own inadequate levels of the nutrient. Commercial infant formulas are all vitamin D-fortified; in addition, the AAP has advised that all infants – no matter how they are fed – receive pediatric vitamin D drops. (Source: Natural Health 365)

9. Essential Oils Travel Kit. I have a variety of oils in my kit including custom blends using Doterra and Young Living essential oils, along with the following oils specifically for immunity: Thieves Vitality (Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cinnamon Bark, and Rosemary Essential Oils) and On Guard (Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils). Many essential oils have the ability to support the immune system and some are also powerful antiseptics. One way these oils fight infection is by stimulating the production of white corpuscles, which are part of the body’s immune defense. My friend Silvia made a nice blend for my baby to rub on his feet with the following mix: 3 drops of melaleuca,3 drops of lemon, 3 drops of Frankincense and 3 drops of lavender, with fractioned coconut oil to dilute it. (Source: Health: How Stuff Works)

10. Baby Chest Rub for baby. This particular rub is non-irritating, and petroleum free with Eucalyptus, Lavender & Beeswax. Eucalyptus essential oil is effective in treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis. It’s also antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant in nature, which makes it a good ingredient in many medicines that treat respiratory problems. Gargling eucalyptus oil mixed with warm water are consistently effective in treating sore throats. (Source: Organic Facts)