Ways to stay healthy when on holiday
Updated: Apr 27
Nothing better than preparing the body against the effects caused by jet lag, cabin pressure and even strengthen your immune system to face weather changes.
The effects of long flights, prolonged inactivity, the pressure from seats and belts can cause dehydration and drowsiness. The cabin pressure, as well as seasickness, may contribute to reduced flow and stasis of the body’s blood and lymphatic fluids, causing swelling, particularly in the lower body, ankles and feet.
Some tips to help strengthen your body on holiday:
Lymphatic Drainage Massage can prevent colds and flu, as it strengthens the immune system. It also helps to increase your blood flow and improves seriously the postflight, minimising the jet lag. Jet lag is code for sickness, dehydration, fatigue and irritability, in other words, all uncomfortable things.
The treatment is one of the best things you can do to combat these nasties. It helps to get rid of all these discomforts, making it easier to adjust to your new time zone. Besides, it promotes a sense of wellbeing and invigoration, helping with fluid retention as it is such a great way to flush toxins out of your body. After hours in the air, fluids can build up in the body, possibly causing you pain and discomfort.
Drinking plenty of water keeps you hydrated during a flight. Small amounts of water, or none, paired with the weak air systems, make dehydration a significant concern. Avoid sweet drinks, caffeinated drinks and alcohol during your flight.
Moving around the plane relieves the discomfort caused by swelling in the lower limbs as well as activates blood circulation. You can also make use of compression stockings for travel, this will help to maintain good circulation.
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Ana Trida Therapist
(Specialist in Lymphatic Drainage, Brazilian Nurse)