Spring break is a favorite time to get away with the family. Whether you’re going to your favorite theme park or headed somewhere warm and tropical, you don’t want sickness to ruin your precious time off. Dr. Ken Redcross offers some tips on how to keep healthy no matter where you travel.
I’ve been traveling quite a bit recently and noticed a lot of people sneezing and coughing. Planes are known to trap germs and traveling can be extremely draining on the body. It’s very important that we stay healthy when traveling. It’s so frustrating to be traveling for an important meeting or a vacation only to get to your destination and not feel well. Here are five of the most common issues I’ve seen people have when they are flying and five healthy and natural solutions. There’s also a bonus tip at the bottom!
Problem: Muscle Aches
Solution: Whether it’s from sleeping in an uncomfortable position or dragging your luggage across the airport, muscle aches are a very common side-effect of travel. Use Arnicare to fight it. Arnicare is a homeopathic cream or gel that helps with pain relief, reduces swelling and bruises, and is odor-free.*
Problem: Irregular Digestion
Solution: Nervousness about travel, airport food, and airplane snacks can all cause an upset stomach. Take digestive enzyme supplements to help reduce stomach discomfort and improve digestion.
Solution: Allergies can flare when you are traveling to a new place. By using a nasal saline rinse twice before your flight, you can make sure that you aren’t congested.
Problem: Irritated Skin
Solution: Acne or dry skin are very common results from traveling. Make sure to carry some facial wipes to reduce skin irritation and help prevent acne. You can also use them to clean your seat or tray table.
Problem: Blood Clots
Solution: Blood clots are probably one of the biggest fears that people have when flying. While wearing compression socks might not always the best fashion choice, you really should wear them because they reduce swelling and drastically decrease your chance of having a blood clot.
Bonus: Stay Hydrated!
Traveling can be painfully hectic and airplanes are very dry, so it is really easy to forget to drink enough water. Whenever you’re offered a beverage during a flight, I recommend that you get a glass of water. You can also bring a refillable bottle with you to avoid paying too much for a bottle of water!
About Dr. Redcross: Ken Redcross, M.D., is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and founder of Redcross Concierge, a personalized medical practice designed to enhance the patient-doctor relationship while providing convenient access to a full spectrum of health care services and holistic and wellness counseling. He is also author of “Bond: The 4 Cornerstones of a Lasting and Caring Relationship with Your Doctor.” To learn more, visit DrKenRedcross.com or connect with him on Facebook and Instagram.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.