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Regularly these outings include bouncing on a plane, hurling and turning in a territory the measure of a fish can, attempting to peruse or rest amid the most extraordinary disturbance this decade, and faltering off the plane seeming as though you’ve recently been riding a Tilt-a-Spin over and again. No? It’s simply me? In any case, I realize flying doesn’t abandon me feeling my best, and I realize other individuals concur. What would we be able to do to feel our best at 30,000 feet?
Here Are 4 Hints to Remain Healthy While Flying
Regardless of whether on a 45-minute puddle jumper or a 22-hour trip far and wide, flying presents difficulties for your wellbeing. Long queues, cramped seats, not exactly solid aircraft sustenance, and the worry of movement can inflict significant damage on your prosperity. A recent report in BioMed Focal determined the likelihood of H1N1 transmission on planes and found that the more drawn out the flight, the more noteworthy the quantity of potential contaminations. Expanded introduction to wiped out explorers while flying goes with the job, yet there are steps you can take to keep yourself solid.
(1) Wash Your Hands
Germs may be lurking on your tray table, in your seat pocket, and even in the airplane pillows and blankets. The most effective way to keep bugs out of your system is to wash your hands properly. The CDC recommends wetting your hands and rubbing soap between them for at least 20 seconds, making sure to scrub the backs of your hands, under your fingernails, and between your fingers. Rinse thoroughly and use a clean towel to dry your hands. When soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
(2) Eat Healthy to Stay Healthy
The ready availability of airport food high in fat and sugar means it’s easy to let your regular healthy eating habits suffer. Healthy bodies have an easier time fighting off infectious diseases. Bring your own nutrient-rich meals, such as salads and whole grain sandwiches. If you’re running short on time and must buy food at the airport, choose meals packed with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, such as chicken or fish.
(3) Stay Hydrated and Avoid Alcohol
The airplane environment is dry, which provides the perfect for viruses to thrive and spread. Mucous membranes in the nose and mouth also dry out, making them less effective at preventing infection. Staying hydrated will help counteract the dry air. Bring an empty water bottle through airport security and fill up at the airport. Sip water throughout your flight. Kicking back with a drink may sound like a good idea; however, alcohol can be dehydrating. Avoid alcohol before and during your flight.
(4) Avoid DVT
Deep vein thrombosis can occur when a deep vein is blocked, commonly in the legs. Long periods of immobility, such as during extended flight times, can increase risk of DVT (a full list of risk factors can be found on the CDC’s website). According to the ACCP, those on flight longer than 8 hours should avoid constrictive clothing around the waist or lower extremities, stay hydrated, and flex calf muscles often. If the pilot has turned off the seat belt sign, getting up and moving around can help.
Q: What do you do to stay healthy while flying/traveling?