Healthy is not a look.

When we see someone aesthetically fit we automatically think that person is healthy. There are other aspects of health which needs to be cared for. Your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being is as important as your physical health. We have to take a holistic approach to achieve our fitness goal. These 4 aspects are connected to and influenced by one another, and therefore improvements in one area will most likely result in growth in other areas as well.

Keep yourself hydrated during a long flight.

Have you experienced fatigue, body aches after flying? You just don’t feel good when you get to your destination even though you’re well rested and prepared for that trip you’re waiting for. Perhaps your body did not get enough water while you’re flying especially if you had a long flight. Unless you’re flying only for few hours or you have a certain condition that limit your fluid intake there’s no need to drink fluids more than usual.  However, since caffeine and alcohol have a diuretic effect (causing more urine to be produced), it is wise to limit consumption of such beverages during long flights.

Hydration and the Body

The human body contains a lot of water. A 170-pound individual, for example, has over 10 gallons of water in his or her body. Almost everything you do uses the water in your body, as even the simple acts of breathing or blinking cause you to lose water. When relative humidity levels in cabins drop, your body uses more water to carry out essential functions.

Dehydration is a serious condition. When your body is dehydrated, you become thirsty. Your skin and eyes may feel dry, itchy or irritated. A lack of water also leads to:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Increased sodium levels in the blood
  • Increased heart rate
  • Decreased urine output
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion (When you’re on a private flight for business, the last thing you need is to feel fatigued or confused, especially if you have an important decision to make or have business partners flying with you. )

When you feel thirsty, your body is out of balance. It begins borrowing water from cells to replace the water your bloodstream needs. Eventually, the cells dry out and stop functioning properly.

According to a May 2008 article in Aviation International News, dehydration leads to pilot fatigue. To prepare for long flights, pilots often bring gallon-sized jugs of water with them on planes. Taking a cue from them will help you arrive at your destination feeling more like yourself and less achy and tired.

  • In general, it’s a good idea to consume 1 cup of water each hour during a flight. Keep in mind that some of the foods that you enjoy are great hydrators, such as:
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Soup
    • Prepared oatmeal
  • Avoid sugary drinks. While sweet drinks are hydrating, they may energize you, causing you to need more fluids because your activity level increases.
  • Consider sports drinks. If you feel well, water may be all you need to stay adequately hydrated during a private flight. If you’re getting over an illness or recently experienced stomach problems, consume sports drinks that will replenish your electrolyte levels and hydrate you.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine. These substances dehydrate the body. If you enjoy a drink with an in-flight meal or a cup of coffee afterward, you may need to increase your water intake.

Come join me on my journey…

When was the last time you travel? Are you one of those who get a knot in the stomach by just the thought of flying? What is preventing you from traveling? Is it your health? Your job? Is it your family, household responsibilities or finances? What if you want to travel around the world and you have the financial resources to go anywhere but you are debilitated by sickness?

I will never forget the first time I flew. I was already in my senior year in college. As I sat in the airplane terrified, having a feeling of doom, unknowingly that one day flying will be one of my passion.

What if you can travel without flying? Where will you go? Do you prefer traveling solo or with someone?