Acupuncture & Holistic Health Associates

Airplane travel causes problems for many reasons: the body is exposed to intense solar radiation at 30,000 feet, which causes dehydration and other problems; the air in planes is re-circulated, moving pathogens between passengers, crew and you; people often suffer from the time change of longer flights; and people often eat sporadically when traveling.

To handle these problems during travel:

  • Use ‘Gan Mao Ling’ (English: “common cold tablets”) 3 tablets 2x/day for 2 days before and after flights. This combination of Chinese herbs boosts the immune system and fights the effects of solar radiation.
  • Drink at least 1/2 to 3/4 your body weight in ounces the day before your flight. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs., drink 100-150 ounces of water in the 12 hours before your flight.  Eat regular meals with good ratios of protein and carbohydrates.
  • Take electrolytes which hydrate the body very efficiently. The simplest way to get these is using ‘Smart Water,’ found at many grocery stores. Inquire at health food stores for other sources of electrolytes.
  • Use a personal air purifier (worn around the neck) during the flight. (Ask at the front for information on this item.)

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