Fly Hydrated and Arrive Awake


Germs on Planes


As we approach the holiday season you may be booking flights to bring family and loved ones closer together. Or perhaps you are planning a long over due, well deserved vacation on the beach. Regardless of where you’re going, arriving safely and in good health is paramount to getting your holidays off to a good start.

Some people are great fliers, and some people are just not built for it. You may be the kind that falls dead asleep the moment you buckle up, and you stay that way until you land. But for some people, they feel like they’ve been battered, tossed and fried after a long haul in that steel box hovering 36,000 feet in the air. It has been recorded that some people who spend a lot of time at high altitudes experience problems with infertility and oxygen production in the body. The body adapts well to high altitudes for short periods of time but not for long periods. Animals dwelling at heights of 13,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level have much more difficulty conceiving and instinctively return to lower pastures for breeding. Some researchers belie that atmospheric pressures and radiation, to which frequent fliers are exposed, are the equivalent of hundreds of CT scans and pose the greatest oxidative stress to the human body.

Additionally, the air re-circulates which means on a long flight, you are breathing in used air and other people’s germs and cold viruses. Many a time, I have returned from an overseas flight only to come down with bronchial infection which I didn’t have until I spent time on the airplane.

According to Robert Fulford, D.O., if people don’t compensate in some way for the ill effects of traveling, “they don’t have much chance of making it to ninety. When you look closely at their faces, you can already see the stress, the wear and tear.”

Pilots Live Shorter Lives

Did you know that airline pilots have a life span nine years shorter than the average American? That’s significant. Why do they not live as long? Probably because they have to deal with constant altitude changes, lack of good ventilation, bombardment from electromagnetic frequencies and changing time zones that all beg the body to adapt. Any one of these can compromise your long term health, and no doubt long shifts, poor diet, the stress that comes with keeping all those souls safe in the air as well as the stress of being away from one’s family and loved ones is added stress on the body and soul.

Hydrate Before You Fly

Dehydration is one of the biggest problems for air traveler, especially for those who sleep the whole trip! The best way to avoid this problem is to embark already hydrated. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water leading up to the day of departure, and then bump that up two glasses the day before. Then during the flight, continue to drink water. Sure you’ll be making more frequent trips to the restroom, but it’ll give you a chance to get the circulation going in your limbs also. Because most airlines offer only small cups of water as part of their in-flight service, it is best to carry your own filtered or spring water on board in a larger container. It’s also important to monitor your caffeine and alcohol consumption as these can quickly dehydrate the body.

Dr. Fulford says one of the ways of helping yourself after flying is to take a relaxing bath. Not only does water help neutralize electromagnetic fields, it’s comforting. “Bathing is often helpful to the spirit,” he says. “We were all created in a water environment, and it’s no accident that sinking back into a tub is soothing, as it reminds us of where we came from.”

Traveling can be fun and adventurous, and traveling takes a toll on our bodily processes. So, be good to yourself; pack your passport, bathing suit or skis, and drink lots of water. Your body will thank you. Bon Voyage!



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