Between gearing up for the launch of Sweet & Skinny, traveling for work, and visiting family, I seem to be living out of a suitcase these days. While I do enjoy traveling, eating $12.00 airport sandwiches and taking sponge baths in airplane restrooms, are some of the less enjoyable aspects of constantly going to and fro.
Whether you are a frequent flyer or an occasional traveler, here are a few tips I have recently picked up, that will help to make traveling easier on your body…..now if only I could master the secrets of getting an automatic upgrade!
1.) Drink green tea, up to 20 ounces a day, starting several days before travel, and continuing until 2 days after you complete your travels. Green tea causes the body to secrete more interferon, a key element in your body’s infection protection arsenal. This is vital when traveling on planes, which are full of germs and bacteria.
2.) Airplanes are actually lower in humidity than the Sahara desert. This can easily lead to dehydration. Becoming dehydrated can lead to headaches, muscle cramps, and other unpleasantries. So when flying, avoid drinking alcohol (sorry) and increase your water intake. Try to consume 20 ounces of water within a 4 hour flight, to ensure that you stay hydrated.
3.) Be sure to eat. Eating well will help keep your energy levels and your immune system up and running. If you have time, bring a healthy snack with you to munch on the plane, such as carrot sticks or fresh fruit. If you don’t have time to pack a snack, try to find a healthy snack at the airport, such as a turkey sandwich or fruit salad.
If you happen to be traveling into one of the following airports: LAX, Boston Logan, JFK, SFO, Denver International, or Athens International Airport, you are in luck! Of the airports I have recently traveled through, these offer a variety of healthy choices, from salad bars, to fresh fish, and even coconut juice. You will have plenty of healthy options to choose from. Your pocket book might complain, but your body will thank you.