If you’re planning to visit Asia, bring supplements.
Because it’s tough to enjoy a Western diet.
In most Eastern countries, locals don’t eat much beef and many dishes contain almost no protein.
As such, it’s hard for your body to adjust. Long-term travelers and expats often complain about feeling “off” or having brain fog.
Luckily, there is a solution. If you’re adventuring around for more than a month, bring the following supplements. They’ll keep you in peak mental and physical condition.
Your body needs iron. It allows your red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body, and it’s a key component of hemoglobin.
Without iron, you’ll feel weak and lethargic.
Unfortunately, iron deficiencies are (someone common) for Westerners living in Asia. They aren’t eating enough beef in their diets, which leads to trouble.
In order to counter this, there are two options.
Eat more steak (which is insanely expensive), or take iron supplements.
In many countries (like Thailand and Vietnam) beef is one of the highest priced items at any grocery store. In Bangkok I’ve seen it go for over $100 per pound. And the quality wasn’t anything special, either.
Eating two or three pounds of steak each month gets expensive. It works out to over $3,500 a year. That’s steep!
Personally, I recommend Vitron-C High Potency Iron Supplements instead.
You’ll get all the iron you need (plus a dose of vitamin C), and a two-month supply costs about $12 on Amazon.
Zinc is the best supplement for men.
It boosts your testosterone, re-energizes your body, and turns up your sex drive.
This supplement is always awesome, but you’ll find it especially helpful if you’re off an adventure. A zinc tablet a day, and you’ll be extra motivated for stuff like learning martial arts or meeting local girls.
If you’ve never tried it before, start taking zinc every day for two weeks. Your T-levels will soar.
While there are a ton of different brands, I prefer Nature Made Zinc Tabs. Each bottle contains a three-month supply. Perfect for anyone traveling on a 90-day visa.
3. Coenzyme Q10
This is an “old people drug,” but it’s still beneficial.
Generally, you’ll see Coenzyme Q10 marketed to the “Over 40” crowd. However, it’s a great energy booster no matter your age.
This supplement is an antioxidant and helps revitalize your cells. As such, your productivity increases and it’s often easier to think clearly.
While this isn’t a wonder drug by any means, I find it useful.
The energy boost is nice (and noticeable), and seems like I get more random ideas whenever I’m taking this.
Try out Doctor’s Best High Absorption CoQ10, if you’re interested in this.
It’s the most popular brand and many people swear by it.
Bonus: Daily Body Weight Exercises (No Matter What)
Poke around any health forum and you’re bound to find posts about “nootropics” and “cognitive enhancers.”
These are special pills which (supposedly) boost your intelligence, turning the average Joe into a tactical super genius.
But, there is a cheaper (and better) alternative. And this one actually works.
Numerous studies have shown that physical movement improves your thinking and health.
Unfortunately, travel makes regular workout sessions tough. Especially if you’re bouncing around between multiple locations.
Because of this, I suggest doing body weight exercises
They’re doable anywhere, and highly effective. Finding a good workout program (I suggest Convict Conditioning) and sticking with it for a year leads to noticeable results.
You’ll still build muscle, get ripped, and look good.
Plus you get all the mental benefits of sharper thinking, better focus, and more confidence.
I suggest picking up a set of Perfect Pushup grips and using them every morning.
(An Excellent Way To Stay Fit)
Cranking out a few sets of push-ups is a great way to start the day. It gives you a nice energy boost and thrusts you into a winning mindset (it’s impossible not to feel good after a workout), the perfect combination.
Quality supplements and a stable exercise routine work wonders on your health. Make use of both, and avoid the fatigue sluggishness that many expats succumb to.