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How to Stay Healthy on Spring Break

By John G. McGarvey /

How to Stay Healthy on Spring Break

Looking for a livelier, healthier and more holistic spring break? Not surprisingly, Chinese herbs provide incredible health options for peak spring break performance, and DAO has made them easier to pack, enjoy and consume – whether for a preflight immunity bump, or when enjoying one additional cocktail and you’re looking to prevent a dreaded hangover the next morning, behold below our first DAO Labs Spring Break packing list.

The Spring Break Herbal Checklist

Immunity Support: no airplane ride should begin without Jade Windscreen (Yu Ping Feng San), the popular and powerful immunity boosting formula behind Immunity Support. I drink it in lieu of other powdered vitamin C options (it’s far superior!), and simply add it to my water before the boarding process begins. Don’t get stuck on the couch or in bed on vacation, rather let this awesome formula work its immunity-boosting magic.

Digestive Harmony: who doesn’t like to overeat, drink and indulge while on vacation? Bao He Wan is the 8-herb formula that’s the inspiration to Digestive Harmony, a formula that we find provides digestive happiness when we’ve had a bit too much fun (or eaten too much…or enjoyed an extra glass of wine). I typically sip on it after a big meal, or just before going to bed, giving my digestive system a big hug after I’ve pushed the envelope a bit too hard on the fun factor.

Emotional Balance: vacations are as much a time for me to relax as they are to “reset” mentally – cue Xiao Yao San, the incredible formula behind Emotional Balance. If you’re looking to supercharge your mind while away, helping you focus on a great book, reset some personal goals and priorities, or stay mentally present with your friends and family, this is the formula for you.

Easy to Pack, Easy to Consume

The beauty of all our formulas is the ease with which they can be consumed - and packed. I keep all three in my backpack at all times, and simply add to my water bottle when I’m on the go. Chinese herbs typically require boiling and concentrating – imagine that while packing for a weekend in the Caribbean. Rather picture yourself on the beach or on the slopes, maintaining your inner physical and mental balance by simply adding these powders to your water bottle – they’ve literally changed my life, but they are purposely easy to consume. 

Don’t disrupt your health routine just because you’re on vacation. Looking to get started? Use code SPRING at checkout to save 15% on any of the above formulas (and send us a DAO inspired selfie from the road!).


John G. McGarvey is a co-founder of DAO Labs and a regular contributor to The Way. A frequent visitor to China and Asia for both business and pleasure, he is an avid consumer of Chinese medicine. He can be reached at

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