PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As someone who has flown to Europe and the United States many times, Virginia Vernet
has become accustomed to spending time in airplanes. During her travels she has also become aware of the health concerns that it can present. Not taking proper care of oneself during a flight can lead to a less than enjoyable vacation. A recent article
in The Huffington Post shares strategies for staying healthy while flying and getting the most out of the trip.
While drinking on the flight may seem tempting to calm one's nerves or enhance a meal, travelers should take caution. Having a glass of wine along with plenty of water is okay, but avoid having multiple drinks. Flying already causes the body to become dehydrated, and alcohol can add to that effect. Alcohol can also make it more difficult to fall asleep and get comfortable because it raises the body's temperature.
Staying hydrated is essential. Allowing the body to become too dehydrated can worsen the effects of jet lag, including fatigue, sleep problems, irritability, and nausea. It can also lead to dry, itchy skin and irritated eyes. Drinking plenty of water before, during, and after the flight can help to make sure the body stays healthy.
Planning ahead and bringing healthy snack options is recommended. Airports are filled with grab-and-go options, but oftentimes they are not the healthiest choices. Eating too many unhealthy foods that are high in salt and sugar can leave passengers feeling bloated and sick. This can start their vacation off on the wrong foot. Packing nutritious foods from home, or making healthier choices at the airport or on the plane can provide people with the energy they need to keep going once they land.
It is important to keep the body moving, especially during long flights. Getting up occasionally to walk through the cabin or stretching the lower legs while seated can help to reduce the occurrence of tight, achy muscles upon arrival. Sitting still for extended periods of time can also lead to a greater risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, a potentially severe condition where blood clots form in the leg.
If sitting next to someone who has a cold or other illness, passengers should try to keep their hands away from their face. The eyes, nose, and mouth are ideal entryways for germs to enter the body. Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. Turn the air vent toward the front of the face to help push germs away. If possible, discreetly ask for a change in seats if there are open seats available.
Even when not sitting next to someone who is ill, germs are still abundant on planes. Bathroom door handles, arm rests, tray tables, and seat-back pockets are prime locations for germs to collect. Travelers should try to bring their pillow or small blanket to avoid those provided by the airline. Avoiding contact with these areas as much as possible is recommended, but ultimately washing hands and using hand sanitizer can help reduce the spread of germs. Getting plenty of sleep can also help the body to fight off infection and leave people feeling more refreshed and energized once they get to their destination.
"Whether traveling for business or pleasure, you want to feel your best when you get there," says Virginia Vernet
. "Follow many of the same rules you would at home, drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious foods, and staying as active as possible. Make sure that you wash your hands after touching surfaces that many other passengers have also come in contact with to prevent getting sick." Virginia Vernet follows these guidelines and others to make the most out of every trip she takes.