Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tips for Staying Healthy on an Airplane

I'm on a flight right now back to Austin from Los Angeles. All around me I can hear sneezing, sniffling, coughing and wheezing. Flu season is upon and it seems like everybody I know has been sick lately.

After spending a week in bed with a virus a few weeks ago, I was determined not to get sick on this trip. Unfortauntely, airplanes are full of germs wafting throughout the cabin and they're hard to escape. Here are some of my tips for fighting infections while in the air:

1. Drink water. Staying hydrating is probably the most important thing you can do when traveling by airplane or any other means of transportation. When your body gets dehydrated its ability to fight disease weakens, increasing your chances of getting sick. so drink up before, during and after your flight.

2. Avoid alcohol. Many people knock back a few drinks during a flight due to fear of flying or simply boredom. It's best to avoid alcohol while traveling because it dehydrates the body. Plus, it interupts your sleep cycle, which is vital for good health.

3. Board the plane last. The less time you're on the airplane, the less time you spend in the germ-infested vessel.

4. Bring antibacterial wipes. wipe down the armsrests and tray table immediately to avoid contact with any germs. Also, wipe down any areas in the bathroom before you touch them.

5. Take vitamins before your trip. In the days leading up to a flight be sure to take a multivitamin as well as an extra dose of vitamin C to fight infections.

Safe travels!

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