Do you find yourself always getting sick after travelling? With the long weekend ahead of us, we turned to the health experts and frequent flyers for their top tips on avoiding getting sick when travelling.
Boost your immune system
In the lead up to your holiday, you may want to support your immune system with a greens supplement made with wholefoods. If we feel low on energy, our immune systems could be compromised when we are too busy to prepare fresh food. If hitting your vegetable intake is difficult, taking a greens supplement is a great way to nourish your body, which is designed to boost vitality, enhance overall wellness and improve digestion.
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Body Science Sports Dietician, Harriet Walker
Don’t underestimate the importance of sleep
One of the best ways to avoid getting sick whilst travelling is to be prepared and stick to your normal sleep routine in the lead up. So many people pack last minute and end up going to sleep late before travel, which adds undue stress and tiredness to an already stressful situation. Staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and caffeine and eating natural, healthy foods are also crucial.
Dr Lewis Ehrlich, Holistic Dentist, PT and Health Coach
Exercise when you land
It’s no secret that working out is a great tool for supporting your health and wellness and it is especially important to move your body after a long (or short) flight. Just because you are on holiday, doesn’t mean we should disregard our entire daily routine. You might want to lower the intensity but still keep moving. I suggest making the time for recovery, fueling your body and movement and keep your system balanced while travelling on holiday. It is also a great way to explore the new city you are in. Exercise could mean long walks around the coast or city you are in.
Lifestyle and Performance Coach, Blake Worrall-Thompson
Consider wearing a mask
Prevention is better than cure. Take a disposable facemask with you when travelling, especially on public transport and planes. Facemasks actively prevent the spread of germs when you or your fellow passengers are suffering from a cold or flu. And when flying, the humidity levels on aircrafts is approximately 11% (humidity levels in our home usually ranges between 40-60%), meaning this can suppress our immune systems and makes us more susceptible to catching a cold.
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Limit the booze
There is nothing wrong with enjoying a drink or two, but unfortunately alcohol can take its toll on your body. It is strongly advised to limit alcohol intake while travelling to keep your immune system at its best and avoid spending your holiday in bed and missing out on all the fun.
Important travel facts:
• When flying for work or leisure, the humidity levels on aircrafts is approximately 11% (humidity levels in our home usually ranges between 40-60%)
• Some research suggests that when our bodies experience such a drastic change in humidity levels, this tends to suppress our immune system.
• As a result, when passengers are sitting in a confined space with a suppressed immune system for long periods of time, we are more susceptible to catching a cold or flu from a travelling neighbour.
Additionally, according to the Airbus Global Travel Forecast 2017, the statistics suggest in “germ” terms that passengers will be stuck on planes with a larger number of people and for longer periods of time, therefore increasing our chances of possibly catching a cold of flu on the way to our destination.
Additionally, as aircrafts begin to travel to more exotic places that they have not frequented to before, this may expose our bodies to viruses we have been in contact with previously.
Give these tips a go and enjoy a sick-free holiday!
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