Powerful Low Budget Tips – An Adventure Cyclist’s Perspective

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Powerful Low Budget Tips – a long distance cyclist’s perspective

Having cycled close to 20,000 kms over the past months in different parts of the world (New Zealand, Tasmania, China, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, USA, Morocco etc), climates and conditions while being exposed to different germs and viruses I have discovered what really works in terms of saving money (I was carrying all my belonging on my bike) and staying healthy. Here are the Top 4 tips that took me long months to establish:

1. Replace Mouthwashes with High Quality Salt (Treats bleeding gums, throat infections, nasal hygiene, allergies)

When cycling across Oceania and Japan I frequently bought commercial mouthwashes (various types) to treat canker sores, bleeding gums etc. since these happen often when having any vitamin or food deficiencies (cycling 100km+ per day naturally exhausts the body). In Onomichi (Japan) I randomly met a 60-year old Singaporian man that had told me he always carried salt with him and used it as mouthwash. There is ample evidence that salt is one of the best killers for any germs and viruses. I managed to stop a couple of throat infections later on gargling salted warm water as many times a day as possible. I have also used it to treat any nasal issues (cold water) including allergies (you would need to buy a small irrigation bottle and mix with bottled water to clean your nose daily – don’t use tap water for nasal irrigation). It also removes all germs from the nostrils. In Morocco I met a woman that used the same technique for years for all of the above but recommended going with high quality salt (not necessarily Himalayan). Simple, cheap yet extremely powerful

2. Replace costly multivitamins with high doses of Vitamin C

While I have seen little benefit of multivitamins (but this may vary for each of us) high dose (1000mg) of Vitamin C usually did wonders in treating any starting infection and maintaining body in good shape. This is mainly applicable in developed countries where quality of fruits is not comparable to e.g. Indonesia where fruits are extremely cheap and often naturally grown without any pesticides. Vitamin C also boosts your energy levels (see coffee replacement below)

3. Replace Coffee and Tea with Boiled Water (digestive issues, heartburn)

Don’t get me wrong – I love coffee and have been addicted for the past decade especially when I worked in Banking. I tried to remove it from my diet and failed miserably for a number of years. Substitutes included different variety of teas, energy drinks, smoothies, juices etc. Nothing succeeded until I discovered boiled water when  cycling in Tibet. Most Chinese people drink boiled water before meals. This became a habit and can work wonders. A family member in Morocco got recently recommended to drink a cup of warm water in the morning and had some health issues resolved this way. Coffee has some of the most sprayed beans out there and may not be as beneficial when being consumed on a regular basis. I still get a coffee but have it more like a treat. Again, cheapest and most powerful replacement yet!

4. Replace breads with high quality rice

I grew up in Paris and bread is something I love to the extent that when going on a Keto diet a few years ago I suddenly started dreaming of pain au chocolat. Needless to say, my keto diet ended there. More recently when cycling in Asia (especially Japan) I came to understand better why certain countries have a much healthier diet. Removing fresh bread (that can potentially be contaminated these days) with gluten and replacing by cheap and high quality rice can be beneficial for you. Interestingly, Japanese restaurants don’t know what a gluten intolerance is since it almost doesn’t exist in their society. Learn how to properly cook rice (e.g. sushi / sticky) which makes it really tasty!