5 Ways to Stay Healthy When TravelingLisanne Wellness Center
There are few things in life that measure up to traveling. Travel offers us a way to experience new cultures, meet new people, and see incredible things. Not to mention all the lessons we learn with every trip abroad. But one thing that’s definitely not incredible about traveling is the high likelihood of getting sick. When you travel, you inevitably become a target for illness, from spending time in close quarters on planes, trains, and hotels to eating unhealthy foods and missing out on sleep.
The next time you travel, follow these 5 tips to stay healthy so you can truly enjoy your vacation.
Drink plenty of water: Water is one of your biggest weapons in the fight against travel-induced illness. Water oxygenates your blood, which helps every system of your body function optimally. It also flushes out toxins that have built up in your system from airplane air, food, and sick fellow travelers. When you’re fully hydrated, your mouth and eyes stay moist, so they can better repel dirt and bacteria that may make you sick. Finally, water aids in the production of lymph, which your immune system uses to circulate white blood cells (illness fighting warriors). To stay hydrated, drink at least 8 ounces of water daily and more when you’re flying, since the pressurized cabin causes dehydration. One good way to get enough water is to drink IDLife Hydrate, which comes in fruity flavors you’ll want to drink.
Take Your Vitamins: Take your vitamins for a few weeks before you travel to boost your immune system for your flight and excursions. Once you’re at your destination, keep your immune system strong with fruits, vegetables, herbal tea, and these 6 immune-boosting foods.
Prepare for (And Avoid) Jet Lag: When you travel across the country or to another continent, your body has to deal with jetlag (extreme fatigue, nausea, and other symptoms caused by crossing time zones). It also has to deal with travel fatigue, which is simply tiredness from traveling for many hours without a break. There is nothing you can do about the travel fatigue, but there is something to be done about jet lag. It is estimated that it takes an entire day of travel for your body to adjust to each one-hour deviation. So, a flight from the east coast to the west coast (change of three hours) will take three days to recover from. To speed up your recovery time (and boost your immune system), prepare for jet lag by getting to bed one hour earlier (or later, depending on which direction you’re traveling) for a few days before your flight. Once you arrive at your destination, spend time outside since natural sunlight can help reset your circadian clock. The first night of your trip, turn in early and get a good night’s sleep with a hot bath and IDLife Sleep Strips, which help support each stage of the sleep cycle.
Get Moving: Working out helps your body fight off colds and infections by causing mild stress to your immune system, which strengthens it over time. While you’re traveling, gyms may not be readily available. Instead, go for a run around your new neighborhood or do a strength training routine in your hotel room.
Eat Your Greens: Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals, which can ward off early signs of illness and a depressed immune system. One way to get a big boost of greens is to take a supplement that you can easily pack in your luggage. Try Power Greens, which is packed with phytonutrients from more than 45 different super foods.