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7 tips to keep you and other travelers healthy over the holidays

7 tips to keep you and other travelers healthy over the holidays
November 21, 2018 coraandkrist

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7 tips to keep you and other travelers healthy over the holidays

It’s going to be a busy holiday travel season, which could lead to issues when traveling by air.

According to information from the Maracaibo Media Group, you have an 80 percent chance of getting sick yourself if you sit by a sick traveler.

The company put together seven tips from health experts on how to keep yourself – and others – healthy while traveling.

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Go beyond just washing your hands

Flu germs last for 15 minutes on exposed skin. That may not seem like a lot of time but in that 15 minutes, we touch our faces up to 65 times! (or 2000-3000 times a day). So washing our hands as often as possible is very important in preventing the flu. Don’t forget your wrists – they are exposed and we often lean on things with them. And also clean under your nails every time – germs hide there as well. And in public restroom, use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and a different one to dry your hands.

– Monte Jay Goldstein M.D., Medical Director, Ramapo Valley Surgical Center

Create a germ barrier from you and the rest of the passengers 

Many infections, including flu germs, can enter through your nostrils. The best way to minimize this point of entry, especially in a small space, with recirculating air like a plane, is to use a cotton swab to apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the inside of your nostrils. An added benefit to this is that it keeps the inside of your nose moisturized and protected from dry heat.

– Natalie Sexton, Holistic Health Coach and namesake of clean label Juice company, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juices

Be proactive with probiotics 

We have been hearing a lot about the importance of probiotics and gut health so consider this: eighty percent of your immune system is tied to gut health so probiotics are extremely important, especially when you are trying to stay healthy on a germ-filled plane. Yogurt is always a good food choice to bulk up on probiotics and there are also supplements at the health food store.

– Erika Goldstein, RDN, DTR, Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist

Hydration is key

Drink lots of water – particularly right before you get on a flight or train to flush out any germs you contract in these small spaces. And don’t share drinks with anyone – it may sound anti-social but it is critical to staying healthy. Also, some studies suggest some herbal supplements such as zinc, vitamin C and black elderberry (all available over the counter) can be helpful in boosting immunity and minimizing symptoms.

– Dr. Joel Portnoy, MD, of ENT and Allergy Associates

Don’t underestimate the power of good night’s sleep

The better night sleep you get the more likely you are to keep your immune system strong and help prevent against getting the flu. Particularly before you plan a trip, try to unplug from your phone early and keep your bedroom quiet, dark and cool. If hard to fall asleep try an essential oil, such as lavender, rubbed on your temples, or perhaps a supplement of melatonin. Research has shown that melatonin may work closely with your body’s circadian rhythm to help prepare you for sleep.

– Keri Gans, Nutrition Consultant, Certified Yoga teacher and Author, The Small Change Diet

Drink superfood juices to give your immune system and extra boost

Go beyond the standard juice and stock up on juices that contain superfoods or botanicals that are proven immune boosters. Orange juice for its high concentration of Vitamin C is of course a classic. But there are new blends on the market too  like carrot, ginger, turmeric, and orange beet that provide additional protection against the flu and other germs this winter.

– Natalie Sexton, Holistic Health Coach and namesake of clean label Juice company, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juices

Check your Vitamin D levels before flu season 

Most people don’t associate Vitamin D with our immune system but it is actually one of the keys to a healthy immune system. Vitamin D increases our defense against susceptibility to infection. If your vitamin D level is low, inquire with your doctor about taking the vitamin daily to increase levels. And if you begin to start feeling under the weather, increase your intake for a day or two to give your immune system an extra boost. Also create a “barrier” to pathogens entering your body by covering your neck in the winter. And you might even want to try a dry brush massage which stimulates the lymphatic system and strengthens your skin as a barrier to pathogens.

– Margaret Rubin, DC, Lac, Functional Medicine Practitioner, The Rubin Center