How to stay healthy on airplanes

How to stay healthy on airplanes

The holidays are just around the corner, which means more traveling on airplanes

to see our loved ones.

Healthy living still applies when you are thousands of feet in the air. That being said, let’s take a look at some tips to stay healthy on airplanes, as outlined by Dr. Mercola.


1. Eat real and nutritious foods and avoid junk foods, processed foods, sugars, and grains, which can compromise the immune system.


2. Get plenty of good sleep before traveling.

Mayo Clinic recommends the following:

Infants: 9-10 hours at night, plus 3 or more hours of naps

Toddlers: 9-10 hours at night, plus 2-3 hours of naps

School-age children: 9-11 hours

Adults: 7-8 hours


3. Exercise regularly and effectively. “When on a long flight, walk around frequently to prevent the risk of pulmonary embolism,” Dr. Mercola says.


4. Get adequate sunlight exposure to maintain your vitamin D levels.


5. When flying, make sure to stay hydrated with water, and not soda. Most airplanes offer bottled water or sparkling water.


6. Eat foods that are rich in probiotics, such as kefir and yogurt, or take a probiotic supplement that is recommended by a doctor. Probiotics help prevent constipation that is common with travelers.


7. If you are staying in a hotel during your travels, make sure to take simple precautions like wiping down counters, faucets, and glasses as soon as you get there. Removing the bedspread can also help reduce your exposure to germs and pathogens.


8. “If you suffer from motion sickness, pack some fresh raw gingerroot,” Mercola recommends. Chewing on ginger can help remedy motion sickness.


Note: None of the information in our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. The content on our website is for educational purposes only.


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Friendly bugs can help fight your cold. 



1. “Pathogens on Planes: How to Stay Healthy in Flight.”, 13 Sept. 2014. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.

2. “How Many Hours of Sleep Are Enough?Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.

3. “Slideshow: Foods With Probiotics That Help Digestion.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.

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