Like many people in Southwest Florida, my husband and I travel frequently by air. We come and go from our condo in Denver for holidays and summer vacation and we also travel overseas.
It seems as though we frequently get sick when we travel a distance. I know you’re not a healthcare professional but I’m wondering if you have any tips on staying healthy when we travel.
Thanks, Sick Traveler
Like you, I also frequently travel by air. I will have traveled about eight round trips in the air by the end of this year including a trip overseas. I have come up with a few helpful tips that work for me. I hope they will be helpful to you too.
- Take Airborne a few days prior to traveling, while you’re gone, and a few days after you return home—especially if you experience jet-lag. It’s an over-the-counter product that helps boost your immune system.
- Drink plenty of water. Sometimes it’s tempting to indulge in alcohol while flying on a long trip, but water is much better for your health.
- Wear noise-canceling headphones. Engine noise on a plane is a major stressor.
- If you’re starting to feel ill, avoid excesses of sugar, dairy, and wheat. This will help you stick to healthy whole ingredients and avoid processed foods.
- Make sleep a priority. Your sleep may be disrupted by time change, flying through the night, an uncomfortable bed, or an irregular schedule. Protect your sleep time. One caveat is to get used to the time change as soon as possible. If you arrive at your destination at 10 AM and it is 3 AM body time, take a short nap, then get on the local time the day you arrive. You’ll lose a bit of sleep, but you’ll suffer less jet-lag and return to a good night’s sleep as soon as possible.
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