The most wonderful time of the year is here again, and Santa's not the only one flying around the world. According to PwC, half of all consumers plan to travel this holiday season, with 46% of them traveling by plane. That means, while you and your loved ones are planning how to beat the long TSA lines, there's another thing that you should be planning around: getting sick.
With so many people feeling more comfortable getting onto airplanes since 2020 and the flu season upon us, you’ll want to have a game plan on how to keep yourself healthy. But is getting sick while traveling really an inevitability? It doesn't have to be. One of the first steps in being able to safeguard yourself and your immune system is understanding the question...
Why Is It So Easy to Get Sick While Traveling?
There are a few answers to this question, the most obvious one being: so. many. people. You're spending a good chunk of your day surrounded by hundreds of people who you've never met before. You don't know where they've been or if they're sick themselves right then, and the honor system is only good for so much.
But there's another reason that not many people think about - the air. While airplanes have pressurized cabins that help with the reduced oxygen and humidity that comes with higher altitudes, they can only do so much. The air in a plane can cause dehydration and dry up the mucous membranes in your throat and nose that are built to protect us from a lot of diseases that we encounter from day to day.
Tips for Travel
So now that you know why you get sick on planes, let's break down how you can protect yourself and those around you to stay healthy.
Rest & Reset
Not to sound like your mother, but you need a good night’s rest.
Researchers in Germany have connected sound sleep to healthy T-cells, immune cells that fight against virus cells in our bodies. Stoyan Dimitrov, PhD, explains that stress hormones and pro-inflammatory molecules affect T-cells the most. While these triggers can get in the way of our T-cells function, sleep gives T-cells a chance to strengthen, contact and fight the virus cells throughout our body. In short, if you're not getting a minimum of seven hours of sleep every night, you're making yourself more susceptible to illness.
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Relax and Recharge
I know it's easier said than done; travel in general is stressful, and with the added stress of the holidays, it probably feels impossible to relax until the new year. But finding ways to keep stress at bay can immediately affect your defense system as some types of stress can increase pro-inflammatory substances in your immune system. Too much inflammation can make it easier for you to get infections. Which means your cold could be walking off that plane with you. For more information on how stress can affect your immune system, you can check out our blog post on the topic here.
We all know travel isn’t the only stressful thing during the holidays. Is your to do list making you want to tear your hair out? Are you struggling because you can't remember where you put your passport? Getting in the car and trying to remember if your boarding passes are loaded onto your phone? Brain fog can be your body's direct response to the holiday bustle. Harness your natural ability to improve focus and clear brain fog with RESET Brain Health Wellness Shots. 2 ounces of juicy pineapple with functional nutrients and vitamins powered by plant-based delivery technology can help you beat feeling like a zombie fast this holiday season.
While You're Traveling
So, you made it out the door in one piece. What can you do while you're actually traveling?
Fasting has been shown to jump start the cellular repair process that removes waste from your cells, so fasting while flying can also help with jet lag. Jet lag occurs asa result of your body clock and the environment you're in. According to scientists, fasting for sixteen hours before your plane touches down is the best way to reset. Our body clock is most affected by light, though the brain also does adjust to the times we eat. Fasting puts said clock on pause and doesn't activate again until your first meal. If you're traveling internationally, it might be beneficial to just wait until you're at your destination to have a meal so you're not sluggish for the next couple days. And the benefits don't stop there, fasting has also led to less inflammation and helped your body's resistance to oxidative stress.
If fasting is something you're interested in doing next time you're flying, you have to make sure that you're...
We mentioned before that the air on planes is drier, which can lead to dehydration, so you want to make sure you're drinking water even before you get on the plane. If you want to save money - and the environment - bring a reusable water bottle and take advantage of the refilling stations most airports have near the restrooms. Grabbing a margarita at the airport bar or getting a Bloody Mary from the flight attendant is fun, but you want to make sure that you're keeping water on the roster.
Dr. Robert Quigley told the Today Show in 2019 that travelers should drink about 1 cup of water per hour while flying to help offset motion sickness. If you're looking for an added boost of electrolyte support, RESET's Hydration Wellness Shots offer fast-absorbing bioavailable electrolytes with nutrients like zinc for added immune support. The 2oz shots are always ready and easy to take without the mess of powders, bloat of large drinks, or added sugar!
But hydration doesn't stop at drinking water. The dry air on the plane can dehydrate your skin as well. Dry air causes something called Trans-Epidermal Water Loss, or TEWL for short. TEWL is basically the amount of water that passively evaporates through your skin due to water vapor pressure, usually heightened by conditions of dry air like colder weather or a higher altitude. There are steps in a skincare routine that you can take to help prevent the effects of TEWL but RESET has an option that fits perfectly in your carry-on. RESET's Beauty Wellness Shot is full of fast absorbing nutrients like Marine Collagen, Hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin E in a delicious Berries a la Mode flavored shot which you can keep in your pocket and take before you land to keep your complexion glowing.
When You Get There
You're back on solid ground, so now you're set right? Not quite. There's one more thing you should do to keep yourself on the up and up.
You can prepare as much as possible to prevent from getting sick while traveling, but it is important to note that your immune system is something you need to consistently support with good choices in your wellness ritual. Once you land, make sure you're replenishing your immune system after traveling with the nutrients it needs to keep running smoothly. Some nutrients can be replenished through foods, but the best defense is a good offense when it comes to your immune health. Instead of taking an assortment of pills or traveling with messy powders, you can support your immune system with Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Zinc and Magnesium all in RESET's Immunity Wellness Shot. An easy-to-take 2 ounce shot in a delicious Blood Orange flavor to support optimal wellness all season long! And if your travel day left you feeling groggy, skip the Starbucks line in favor of a caffeine-free Green Apple flavored RESET Energy Wellness Shot. It can provide a natural boost of energy without the jitters and added benefits of Vitamins B3, B6, and B12.
The holidays are already busy, so keep sleighing the holidays with these tips on how to travel healthier and keep your family’s spirits bright! Shop all the products mentioned above as well as the rest of our RESET catalogue on our website or shop on Amazon for Prime shipping!