Keeping Healthy While Flying
Advice for travelers who want to stay healthy on those long, cramped airplane flights.
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Because the nasal mucous membranes can dry out, she suggests either taking a
saline solution to spray inside the nose or using "ghee," or clarified
butter, that one can take in a small container to apply directly into the
Raichur also suggests massaging key sinus points on the face - they're
located on either side of the nose, by the nostrils, on the cheeks at the
mid-nose point, at the cheek bones, and at the temples. One can also dab
essential oils diluted in carrier oil onto the pulse points for relaxation.
Bolster the Immune System
For Laurie Steelsmith, a licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist who
practices in Honolulu, it's very important for people to protect their immune
systems while they're airborne. "You're in a closed environment with really
dry air and a lot of ill people from all over the world," she says.
"You're a walking open door."
Steelsmith is the author of Natural Choices for Women's Health: How the
Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness.
"When you're under stress, your body pH is going to become more
acidic," she says.
Avoid sugar-laden food and drink. "From the Chinese perspective, sugar
creates dampness and phlegm, which can lead to an environment where viruses and
bacteria thrive," Steelsmith says. "It creates a petri dish in your
sinuses and the back of your throat."
Plan Your Plane Trip Before You Board
The best time to think about tackling that plane is well before boarding,
when one can attend to details about remedies and food and water to bring.
"We need to know how we're managing our lives and not creating chaos,"
says Steelsmith. Killing oneself to catch a plane by cutting a schedule
impossibly close is not worth it, if it means that one's resulting physical and
mental state is not strong enough to resist the microbial and other challenges
of the airplane ride itself.
"Use foresight to plan ahead," advises Steelsmith. That - and a
couple of liters of water - can ensure that passengers arrive at their
destination in a healthy enough state to enjoy their vacations.