Nourish - Top Tips for Healthy Travels – During a Flight | Part 2
Welcome to Part 2 of a two-part blog series on Top Tips for Healthy Travels.
If you missed part 1, there we covered Top Tips for Healthy Travels – Before You Set-Off.
For Part 2, we’ll be covering Top Tips for Healthy Travels during a flight.
During a Flight
No. 1 – Keep Yourself Hydrated
If you’re flying especially, hydration is key.
Keeping yourself sufficiently hydrated helps to prevent water retention, dehydration and loss of energy.
During your flight, make sure to begin your journey fully hydrated. It’s not hard to become dehydrated quickly whilst on a plane. Aeroplanes are incredibly dehydrating so it’s best to avoid further dehydration from caffeinated beverages, alcohol or soda the day before and the day that you fly.
Drink plenty of pure water, coconut water, green juices, watery fruits and veggies and herbal teas.
When travelling, either bring your own glass bottle or filter bottle with you to bring on your journey or buy a bottle that you can refill throughout your journey.
You can even bring your own herbal tea bags with you and ask for boiling water on a flight.
Ginger tea may help with nausea and aid digestion, as can peppermint.
Other options would be chamomile to help you relax, lemon balm or valerian.
No. 2 – Embrace Essential Oils
Some people get very anxious and stressed before and during travelling. Try dabbing some lavender oil on your temples at intervals to help induce a sense of calmness. Additionally, try it before sleep to encourage restful sleep.
Another option is May Chang essential oil, also known as ‘Oil of Tranquillity’. This oil has a refreshing, stimulating uplifting action. Naturally, this makes it a useful oil for relieving fatigue, lethargy and may aid with jet lag.
It also has a tonic effect on the nervous system and may help to provide clarity of thought when you are feeling nervous, stressed or anxious.
I like to put a few drops on my jumper or scarf so I can breathe it in regularly to keep me calm.
No. 3 – Wear an Eye Mask and Ear Plugs
If you’re going on a long flight these two things are essentials.
To enjoy a restorative sleep it is important to be in darkness in order to support the sleep-wake cycle in our bodies. Too much light can affect our hormone cycle which prevents us from having a regenerative sleep.
Earplugs will help to block out the sound of the engine as well as people around you hustling and bustling about.
In the long run, it should help to prevent a bad case of jetlag.
No. 4 – Keep Moving
If you’re travelling for a long time, such as a long haul flight, ensure that you keep moving. Get up and stretch every hour or two to keep blood flow moving effectively around the body. (Unless, of course, you’re trying to sleep on an overnight flight and have successfully managed it! Just get up and stretch as often as you can during your awake periods).
Flying can often cause blood to thicken as a result of increased pressure in the cabin and a dehydrating atmosphere. This gives rise to a higher risk of blood clotting. With this in mind, it’s advisable to keep the body moving and well hydrated. It also helps prevent any soreness and stiff muscles once you get off the plane.
So there we have it! My Top Tips During a Flight.
If you missed out on part one, have a read over it here.
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