Flying to your vacation destination this summer? Arrive refreshed, not exhausted. One way to do this is to drink early and drink often. No, not wine, beer or a cocktail. Drink plenty of cool, refreshing water.
The air at 35,000 feet is dry, so dry that your mucous membranes can get parched. The humidity levels can go down to about 15 percent. And what happens from that? You lose body fluids through evaporation on your skin.
My recommendation is to double the amount of water or calorie-free liquids compared to your normal amount. This is especially important on a long trip.
Another rule-of-thumb is to quaff eight ounces of water for every hour of flight, even if you don’t feel thirty.
You can give yourself a head start on hydrating by drinking extra the day prior to travel. This is also a good day to curtail or eliminate dehydrating beverages such as coffee, energy drinks and especially alcohol. Most people don’t realize how dehydrating alcohol is on the body!
The day AFTER air travel can affect your body, too. Drink extra water this day, as well.
Staying well hydrated can also minimize the effects of jet lag.
If you’re hoping to avoid feeling bloated on your day of travel, cut back on your consumption of salty, high sodium foods such as restaurant soups, ham and most convenience products. Eat plenty of foods rich in potassium such as fruits and vegetables which helps to balance out the minerals in your body.
And one more thing: Once you’re on the plane and the captain says “You are free to move around the cabin,” do it! Stand up once an hour, walk to the back and stretch your arms and legs. This will help to get a little extra lubrication into your joint and muscles which will help you feel less fatigued once you land.
By taking simple steps you can step off the plane ready to roll!