Your health doesn't take a vacation

When you're on vacation or on a business trip, the last thing you want to do is to get sick. Unfortunately, many people come down with something during or shortly after travelling.

Gastrointestinal issues and respiratory afflictions are common problems that many travellers experience during or shortly after returning home. Several factors may play a role in increasing your risk of falling ill while away from home, such as travel-related stress, jet lag, and spoiled food. Crowded public settings, like aeroplanes, trains, cruise ships, restaurants, and public restrooms, can also leave you open to viruses that can increase your risk of illness. Large crowds of people and close seating arrangements during air travel present a high risk of increasing the possibility of transmission of certain pathogens. Luckily, modern air filtration systems in planes allow for constant airflow and are equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, just like the filters used in hospitals.

Here are some health hacks to support your immune system while travelling:

Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is crucial for the normal functioning of the immune system. Studies have suggested that not getting enough quality sleep can increase your risk of getting sick. Try to keep your room cooler at night by setting the thermostat to around 18-21C for the optimal sleeping environment.

Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet

Eating a balanced diet year-round is crucial for building and maintaining a healthy immune system. Poor nutritional habits may impair your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to infection. Several micronutrients have been shown to improve immune system functioning, like fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins A, C, D, and E. Try adding more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and protein to your diet.

Increase physical activity levels

When you work out, you increase the circulation of various immune cells responsible for combating pathogens. While travelling, try to walk more, use hotel gyms or indulge in other physical activities.

Proper hygiene is key

If the COVID pandemic has taught us anything - it is that it's vital to practice proper hygiene. Try not to touch your face and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds. If there is no washroom available nearby, you can use sanitisers that have at least a 60% alcohol content.

Try to keep stress levels under control

Travelling through busy airports can be a stressful endeavour. Studies show that stress can lower your immune system function and leave you more vulnerable to illness.

Take supplements as part of your daily regimen

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Author of the publication

Yurchenko Alexandra Sergeevna
Yurchenko Alexandra Sergeevna
Candidate of Medical Sciences
Nutritionist, immunologist, member of the St. Petersburg Society of Pathophysiologists
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