With the holiday season beginning and many people on countdown to jetting off on summer vacations, you can bet your bottom dollar that the run down and overworked immune systems of nearly every exhausted traveller looking for a well deserved rest are going to be accompanied by a few bugs ready for circulation on the airplane air system!
Being in close proximity to others for the duration of a flight is bound to expose you to some unwanted germs. Combine that with the dehydrating effect of the lack of humidity in the in built air systems and (if you're flying long haul) the effects of time differences and sleep deprivation and its no wonder some people take a few days to recover from the flight experience.
The good news is that there are some small steps you can take in order to minimise side effects and step off that plane feeling healthy and ready for your holiday. Take Sari Foods advice and follow our before, during and after flight top tips for staying healthy on a plane.
1) For a week or so before take off, give your immune system some extra support.
Load yourself up on immune enhancing vitamins. Sari Foods Organic Spirulina and its army of nutrients work wonders in the body to promote optimal immune function. With this blue-green superfood, you can nourish your health naturally.
Accompanying this with Sari Foods Natural Vitamin C from Acerola Cherries not only does Vitamin C offer further immune assistance but it also enhances your body's ability to absorb some of the nutrients in our Organic Spirulina.
Many Vitamin C supplements contain isolated and/or synthetic Vitamin C that is highly acidic and can cause nutrient imbalances, inhibiting internal cellular activity. A natural Vitamin C offers daily support and protection without compromising your health.
2) Eat lots of probiotic rich foods to give your immune system a further helping hand.
Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut, and when probiotics (the good guys) are abundant in your body, it becomes harder for the bad guys to settle in. Before your flight load your diet with gut healthy foods such as: yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh and miso.
3) Avoid alcohol and caffeine up to 24 hours before you fly.
These can both act as diuretics, making you dehydrate faster. So load up with water instead to put you at a good starting point before your flight!
1) Take your own healthy snacks on board.
Airline food is heavily processed, microwaved, denatured and packed with additives like colours, preservatives, salt and sugar. Fill your hand luggage instead with lunch box salads, raw fruits and vegetables with a delicious home made dip (try Sari Foods Spirulina Hummus) and make some homemade superfood truffles or energy bars. As a general rule of thumb, avoid anything too salty or sugary so as not to exacerbate dehydration and bloating.
Make yourself some home made kale chips or roasted nuts with Sari Foods Non-fortified Nutritional Yeast sprinkled on. Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast contains highly absorbable amounts of nucleotides (the building blocks of DNA & RNA), that promote cellular strength and regeneration. Then, by combining the two antioxidants glutathione and selenium, Nutritional Yeast Flakes create a special enzyme called glutathione peroxidase that is known to neutralize free radicals and help protect us from their damage - great for helping combat the modern stress of flying!
2) Minimise your risk of a deep vein thrombosis.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) warns: 'Being seated for a long time, such as on flights longer than about four hours, may increase the risk of developing blood clots in the veins in your legs (also known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT).'
Another reason to drink plenty of water - to help maintain a good circulating volume! To further aid prevention of a DVT, take a short walk every 30 minutes or so. Take your shoes off, flex your feet and stretch your legs as often as possible and wear loose, comfortable and breathable clothing.
3) Reduce the effects of jet lag.
When you’re travelling between time zones your circadian rhythm (sleep cycle) becomes disrupted. Being well rested, nourished and hydrated can make all the difference. Again - drink plenty of fluids! Try to get some rest on the plane and take short naps when you can, you may find using ear plugs and an eye mask useful.
1) Continue on the H2O - water rules!
As if we haven't given you enough reasons already.... keeping hydrated is going to help your body deal with the side effects of a long flight and jet lag.
2) Implement a few keys things when you arrive at your destination:
Establish a new routine - eat and sleep at the correct times for your new time zone. Avoid napping as soon as you arrive - even if you're tired after a long flight, staying active until the correct time to sleep at your destination will help your body adjust quicker. It will also help to be active outdoors, natural daylight will help your body adjust to a new routine following most flights.
3) Finally - relax! Have fun and give yourself a break. One of the best and most effective routes to optimum health is to rest and recuperate. Eating (including keeping up your daily superfoods), drinking and sleeping well whilst away is going to rejuvenate body and mind so that you can return to normality feeling refreshed and revived.
Peace, love and happy holidaying from the Sari Foods Family!