Drinking In Flight

  • Alcohol triples in effect in flight and causes dehydration. If you do plan to drink alcohol, be sure to watch your consumption.
  • Drink water—and lots of it to combat the dehydrating effects of air travel. Airline crews are advised to drink eight glasses per hour of in-flight time. Remember: more than half of our bodies are made up of one element: water.
  • Carbonated beverages can make you feel bloated, since the gas expands at high altitude.
  • Avoid salt and beverages like tomato juice with high salt content. Salt increases the fluid retention that bloats your feet and ankles.
  • Carrot juice has been recommended for its ability to increase the oxygen in the bloodstream.
  • Avoid tea and coffee: their diuretic properties only make you more dehydrated.
  • Bring a bottle of water with you. Airplanes can run out on long flights and if so, you always have one to rely on.

Healthy Travel Tips

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