Stay Healthy While Traveling

Have you ever seen War of the Worlds?  Where impervious and ridiculously powerful aliens take over the planet?  It seems like there’s no hope for mankind until the aliens begin dying off from mysterious circumstances.  Why?  Well, as Morgan Freeman says at the end:

From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed, after all of man’s weapons and devices had failed, by the tiniest creatures that God in his wisdom put upon this earth. By the toll of a billion deaths, man had earned his immunity, his right to survive among this planet’s infinite organisms.

Photo from WalletPop.ca

Photo from WalletPop.ca

Because they weren’t from around these parts, their immunities were not accustomed to our micro-organisms!  That’s pretty what I think about every time I travel.  From the moment I step off the plane, I think to myself, “what new diseases am I exposing myself to?”  Nothing is lamer than being sick while traveling, so to prevent that from happening, I always make sure my body is prepared for the journey ahead.  Here’s a few preventative measure you can take to boost your immunities before a trip and stay healthy while traveling.

1.) Exercise

Overall, exercising regularly can benefit you at all times, but it’s particularly important to be fit and healthy when preparing to travel for a variety of reasons.  For instance, when flying passengers are subject to a higher level of pressure in the cabin of the plane.  For someone who might have heart issues, this may raise their blood pressure and keep it elevated throughout the course of a flight which could lead to complications upon landing.  That’s a pretty serious situation, but being fit before traveling also means a boost in your immune system, it helps regulate your sleeping patters (which can be useful to ease jet lag) and can even help with your energy level.

2.) Travel Vaccinations and Immunizations

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Keeping up to date with your normal vaccinations and immunizations is important, especially when you’re traveling to places that have particularly dangers illnesses such as Malaria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A or Hepatitis B, Meningococcal and the list continues.  These are infectious diseases that could be passed on through something that you can’t consciously prevent such as mosquito bites, brushing your teeth with the water or eating a dish that might have local fresh fruits or vegetables in it.

So be sure to visit your doctors to see what shots you need or possibly what course of medications you need to take before, during and after a trip.  Services such as Blossoms Healthcare offer services travel vaccinations and immunizations specifically with travelers in mind.

3.) Take Vitamins

Like Mom always said, “be sure to keep up on your vitamins!”  Traveling can be really stressful on the body.  Between eating new foods and possibly ingesting foods that don’t have all of the essential vitamins, you might cause your body to exhaust many of its reserves.  So keeping up on your vitamins will not only boost your immunities, but keep your energy levels high and compensate for what you may be lacking.  I also suggest either eating probiotics (natural “good” bacteria found in yogurt) or taking a probiotic capsule before, during and after travel to help regulate your digestive system.

4.) Stay Hydrated

Pretty basic.  Keep drinking water. Also, drinking green tea helps boost your immunities.  Try to stay away from diuretics such as alcohol and coffee, especially right before flying.

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