Even as the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be winding down, you likely have made some changes to your hygiene habits. You have certainly become more aware of germs and high-touch areas such as handrails, elevator buttons and door handles. Corporate travelers are routinely exposed a massive amount of germs since airplanes, hotels and meeting spaces are filled with them. There are a few things you can do to boost your immune system and stay healthy before travel and during travel. Here are some tips:
Take Vitamin Supplements Before and During the Trip
Vitamin supplements can help you stay healthy. Vitamin D is an important supplement. Studies have also shown that people under stress who take Vitamin C supplements are less likely to catch viral infections. A strong regime of probiotics will help your body to fight infections and keep your digestive system working properly.
Practical COVID-19 Protection
While the CDC recently relaxed face mask requirements, they are still required on planes, airports, and public transportation systems. Use hand sanitizer regularly. Wash your hands anytime you have access to hot water. Maintain social distancing. These prevention methods will likely be around for a long time.
Many people have been getting a flu shot annually for years. We have many vaccines that have eliminated illnesses like Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Getting an annual flu shot before you travel can eliminate the risk of confusion between symptoms of the flu and COVID-19. Get the COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters as well. Air travel is truly one of the most common ways of spreading any virus. Vaccines are a preventative measure.
When You Feel it Coming On
Your body tells you when you are getting sick. It starts with a scratchy throat, a stuffy nose, and the constant need to clear your throat. As soon as you feel it coming, use a Neti pot to rinse your nose and throat immediately. This rinses away bacteria that can make your illness worse. Also use a good throat gargling product such as Listerine. Natural remedies such as drinking fresh ginger, elderberry, or echinacea tea is also a great way to clear out your nose and throat.
Getting good sleep is vital to your immune system. Seven to eight hours of sleep each night will give your body a chance to go through a full cycle of deep sleep. Getting enough sleep is important to mental and physical health. A lack of sleep is often associated with high-stress levels, headaches, fatigue, and itchy eyes.
Eating burgers and pizzas regularly lowers your immune system. Consider eating immune system-boosting foods like greens, fish, or almonds. Before traveling enjoy meals that are rich in omega 3, Zinc, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C. Remember that hydration plays a major part of a healthy diet. Drink plenty of water.
Cross Country Trips
Traveling through different times zones can cause jetlag. Jetlag really disrupts your body’s internal circadian rhythm. The reduces your immune levels. It’s a domino effect. There are no real cures, tricks, or treatments for jetlag. You just have to make sure your body gets enough sleep – no matter what time zone you are in.