There is a popular expression for travel that says it is the only thing we buy that makes us richer. While this may be true, it can also make us sick.
Whether you are preparing your family for a road trip or flying around the world, the holidays often come with unexpected surprises that can jeopardize your immune system.
Tips to avoid getting sick during or after the holidays
Prepare your body early
Make sure you start preparing at least 48 hours before your trip. This preparation includes sleeping at least 8 hours each night before your trip and drinking plenty of fluids. Be sure to get any recommended vaccinations before you leave.
Drink plenty of water! You need to split your weight (in pounds) in half and aim to drink as many ounces of water every day. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should try to drink 60 ounces of water. If you are traveling abroad, make sure the tap water is safe to drink. If it’s not or you are not sure, stay with bottled water.
Get enough sleep during your trip
Our white blood cells increase in number while we sleep, especially at night. When you are deprived of sleep, the body’s defense mechanism weakens.
Relax and get organized
Organized travel leaves little room for personal care and relaxation, so it is important to relax.
Have a balanced diet
Many of us believe, “I’m on vacation and I can eat or drink as much as my body can handle”, but this can disrupt our digestive system and our overall health. Eat healthy, balanced meals with lots of fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables to keep your immune system healthy and strong.
Give yourself time to recover
Those who go on vacation often do not give any time between home and return to work. Try to give yourself a day or two to recover.
Bring hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to keep germs away.
Have fun and laugh a lot!
Laughter is good for your immune system.