Air travel isn’t glamorous for everybody.
While some people can sit back, relax, and actually enjoy a flight, others step out of the aircraft with a groggy head, jetlagged eyes, runny nose and shoes in their hand because their feet swelled up from water retention while they were stuck 35,000 feet in the air.
If you’re one of those unfortunate few who don’t do well on airplanes, and need several days to recover from the disruptions that traveling causes to your health and well-being, you probably need to boost your immune and digestive system before, during and after the flight.
Here are 5 ways to do it:
# 1: HYDRATE IN ADVANCE
Increase your water intake at least 24 hours before a flight. Prepare your body with all the fluids it needs because once you’re seated in the aircraft, you have no control over environmental conditions. Humidity drops from 30-40% to about 10% in the cabin, and you’ll be a lot more comfortable if you’re ready to counteract that by being well-hydrated beforehand.
Remember to buy water after you pass through security check, because the drinks trolley will not come out until the plane has stabilized and you won’t be able to leave your seat to grab some from the service station at the back.
Avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Carry some coconut powder with you instead and mix it in your water for an instant electrolyte boost.
Keep a travel-sized moisturizer handy to keep your skin from drying out.
# 2: USE A MOUTHWASH BEFORE BOARDING
Nasal and throat passages dry out at high altitude. The mucous linings lose moisture and have a weakened ability to trap pathogens and prevent illness. Brushing your teeth and using a mouthwash right before your flight will help you fight this germy onslaught.
# 3: RUB ON SOME ESSENTIAL OILS
When travelling in close proximity with others, you’re more susceptible to picking up pathogens circulating in the air. To purify your sinuses and help reduce inflammation, place a few drops of essential oils onto your chest or sinuses and breathe deeply. Peppermint and eucalyptus are highly effective in keeping sinuses clean and eliminating infections. (Take a small vial of essential oil of your choice, to stay compliant with TSA carry-on regulations.)
# 4: TAKE HOT WATER INFUSIONS AFTER THE FLIGHT
Soothing hot water infusions can correct water retention and discomfort that results from travelling. Below we have outlined hot water remedies that are particularly effective in restoring regularity after a long flight.
Detoxifying: A combination of Manuka honey, lemon and hot water will flush out toxins, heal inflammation and reduce bloating.
Anti-Nausea: Calming blends like ginger, licorice and peppermint will help alleviate feelings of sickness.
Restorative: Natural herbal blends that contain sweet aniseed will restore gut regularity post-flight.
# 5: ENJOY A HYDRALIVE THERAPY
Revive and rejuvenate your compromised immune system with an IV therapy session at Hydralive Therapy® .
An IV therapy will safely rehydrate your body in a soothing, spa-like environment. Doctors have long touted the benefits of IV infusion therapy to dehydrated patients and it’s one of the most effective ways to recover quickly from a long flight and hit the ground running. The menu of services is excitingly full of rejuvenation possibilities, and whatever problems you may particularly face after a long-haul flight, Hydralive will have a quick and affordable therapy to counteract it.
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