We all know the feeling of jet lag, don’t we? No matter on what measure, we all have felt the tiredness and heavy-body sensation when changing time zones as we travel.
The body is definitely wise and it knows how to make a good balance of things without us even noticing. But there are certain things we can do to help, not leaving the entire work to be done by the body itself…it wouldn’t be fair!
And jet lag is one important issue to be considered when we travel. As surprising as it can be, air travel has an important impact on the body, due to all the pressure differences, air conditioned and more. If you have ever left a bottle of water on your front-seat pocket, you might have noticed how it shrinks along the flight (if you haven’t noticed, that’s a good experiment to try next time you fly!).
And well, this same shrinking applies to our bodies. WOW!
Yes, it *IS* surprising. And it is also real.
So a good way to give a little hand to our body so it doesn’t have to do all the work alone is by attending these basic suggestions, all which apply for the pre, during and after-flight process:
Before, during and after your flight. At least 24 hours its ideal, even more for long-haul flights. Mostly water, although you can certainly combine any other drinks you like. But never substitute water for anything else. Our body is a like a bottle of water. It is made up of water on a 60%. A lot indeed! So yes, we need to make it a habit and drink water on daily basis, because it is wisely and naturally used and reused in many ways. The body needs it.
Always take your eye mask and put some lights off to your brain. When taking long flights during day time, there will be a point where sleep time comes. Even if there’s light out side, we need to shut the brain down for a bit (reason why all airlines close window-curtains after food time for a long while…because sleep and lights off are needed). The brain needs to rest and make its normal process, its night reset, in order to start over again, fresh and happy into a new day. Don’t ever forget or underestimate the use of eye masks.
I bet it is NOT a nice thing to be on a 10-hour flight while having diahrrea or massive colitis along with flatulence (gas), right? It goes beyond bothering others…but mostly about not feeling well and traveling in pain and discomfort.
So yes, a light diet is also a main thing to take into consideration when flying. Your vowel will be grateful and you will be able to rest and hydrate properly, making a good 3-sequence of good habits when going on flights.