Tip No. 2: Don’t leave home without hand sanitizer.
Since you won’t always have the opportunity to wash your hands on long flights, hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes can be lifesavers. For example, you can wipe down that nasty tray table and overhead air vent with sanitizer before use. You can also wipe your hands and clean off the seat belt buckle once you’re buckled in.
Keep your sanitizer handy when you get to your hotel room, too. While the restroom has probably been scrubbed clean, the TV remote, light switches, mini fridge door, coffee pot and door handles (inside and out) may benefit from a little swipe of a sanitizer wipe.
Washing Your Hands Isn’t Enough!
Tip No. 3: Take steps to boost your immune system.
Germs can accumulate on just about any surface—we see you airplane seat headrests and armrests. The truth is there’s virtually no way you can disinfect every inch of every airport and airplane you encounter.
You will be exposed to bacteria and viruses no matter what you do, so the best thing you can do to stay healthy while traveling is to make sure your immune system is in tip top shape.
The immune system can become compromised for many reasons, including stress, not getting enough rest and a poor diet. People who suffer from leaky gut may also suffer from a weakened immune system. When you have a leaky gut, the body is unable to absorb all of the nutrients you need through the stomach in order to maintain optimal health.
Those with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and other health problems may also need an immune system boost because these conditions act as stressors on the body.
Tip No. 4: Plan ahead so you can eat healthy while traveling.
When you eat a healthy, well balanced diet you’re more likely to get the nutrients you need to support your immune system (see above). Traveling can throw a monkey wrench into healthy eating because you may not have access to healthy foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains and certain proteins.
Instead of relying on airport shops and fast food, take a few healthy snacks with you. Some options to consider include:
- Protein bars that are low in sugar, high in protein and big on natural ingredients, with minimal preservatives.
- Individual packets of nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.) and pretzels.
- Nuts and seeds.
- Fresh and dried fruits.
- Meat sticks with minimal preservatives like Epic Bars.
If you’ll be spending several hours in the airport, look for restaurants that offer menus with fresh, healthy greens and grilled proteins. More fast food chains offer healthier options today, so if fast food is your only option, go for salads and grilled items and steer clear of fatty dressings and sauces.
You may also be able to find out what type of meals the airline will be offering if you’ll be taking a longer flight. If healthy choices are available, that could be a good option as well.
Tip No. 5: Stay hydrated!
One thing you should pick up from the airport store is a bottle of water or two. It’s easy to forget to drink water when you’re rushing through the airport but staying hydrated is essential if you want to keep your body functioning optimally. Drink up!
Planning to fly soon? Your EVEXIAS Practitioner can share additional tips for staying healthy on the go.