by Shawn L Fitzpatrick
Air travel days are exciting and fun but can also wreak havoc on your health as you lose sleep, eat out of your usual schedule, and share space with strangers, often in cramped quarters. The good news: there are some easy Travel Health Hacks that can make flying more comfortable and help you get you off to a good start on your next trip or vacation.
What to Do After Landing
Even if you weren’t able to prevent any of the symptoms common to travelers, there’s still much you can do after you land.
Get back on normal Mealtimes as quickly as possible. The sooner you’re eating on a schedule, the faster you’ll have normal digestion and bowel movements as well. If possible, find foods that are familiar to you, and stick with bland choices until you’re back on track.
Expose yourself to plenty of Sunlight. There are plenty of (unproven) remedies for jet lag, but experts agree that nothing beats sunlight. According to the Mayo Clinic, light influences the regulation of melatonin, a hormone that helps synchronize cells throughout the body. At night, the lack of light tells the pineal gland (in the brain) to release melatonin. During daylight hours, the pineal gland produces very little melatonin. Jump right into your day upon arrival in a new time zone, spending as much of it outdoors as you can. @wbbrjp
Exercise. Exercise further signals to your body that it’s daytime, not bedtime, as it produces adrenaline in the body. Exercise also helps your body restore circulation, and the water you’ll drink afterward will give your digestion a healthy jump-start.
Whether you are flying a long way out or close to home – enjoy your next trip with all these added health benefits.
“Do not go where the path leads, travel instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”