Monday, May 30, 2011

How To Stay Healthy On Airplanes

Airplanes can house germs, viruses and stale air.   What can you do to protect yourself and arrive at your destination in a refreshed, healthy state?

1.  Drink lots of water.  The air in airplanes can be very dry, so your nasal membranes, which are a barrier against germs, don't work as well.  Drink bottled water, or ask for water without ice (the ice from machines can breed germs too). 

2.  Use saline nasal spray.  We have honestly not thought to do this before, but this promotes the tiny hairs in your nose to beat back and forth and expel germs.  That's another thing that escaped us.  The hairs in your nasal passage also help keep membranes in the eyes, nose and mouth moist.  This sounds like a must to have ready for your next trip.   Professional singers know to do this.

3.  Carry a hand sanitizer.   Normally, we suggest washing well with soap and water after using public washrooms, or putting your hands on railings, arm rests and door knobs.  However, a sink isn't always nearby, so a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol is best.

4.  Wipe down trays and seat handles.  You never know what dangerous germs are lurking on these items.  A microbiologist like Dr. Myron Wentz, PhD, author of The Healthy Home, would be well aware of germs creeping everywhere.  We'll be more careful in the future, and clean the trays and seat rests with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes next time.  It makes you think, doesn't it?

5.  Increase the ventilation at your seat.  Are you aware that when people sneeze, cough or even talk, saliva droplets can fly up six feet and drop down on other passengers?   Yikes.  So, how do you avoid that happening to you?  Turn the vent above your seat to medium flow and have the current flow just slightly in front of your face.  Fresh air will disperse any germs coming at you.

6.  Consult your doctor.   If you have a medical condition or are pregnant, you may have to take even more precautions, like a wearing a mask, or taking extra vitamins to build up your immune system.  We use USANA's Health Pack when travelling, since the vitamins are in easy to carry bubble pouches for day and evening.  The CoQuinone gives more energy and is a powerful antioxidant to fight off germs.

Thanks to the Winnipeg Free Press, May 30, for an article by Alison Johnson from the Daily Press (Newport News, Va) for ideas that inspired this post.   It's so important to guard your health when travelling, so that you can thoroughly enjoy business and pleasure while away from home.

For more ideas on staying healthy at home or away, contact us:
Dave and Deanna Waters   204-237-8250

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