When we travel, and we’re around big groups of other people, we risk exposure to more germs. Traveling during Christmas time is the perfect storm for illness. It’s cold, we’re exposed to less sun, we drink less water, eat more sugar, and get less sleep due to our busy schedules. Some of us even experience a lot more stress, trying to squeeze everything in. All these factors wear down our immune system and expose us to cold, flu, and other terrible viruses. Here are some of the best tips to keep yourself healthy during your Christmas traveling.
Fuel Up Before You Go
Studies have shown that eating a good breakfast sets you up for a good day. It’s an excellent way to boost your bod with immune-boosting vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Foods rich in fiber and packed with zinc, vitamin C, and E and more will help you feel your best. Reach for the green tea with honey, oatmeal, smoothie, or citrus fruits to get the most bang for your buck.
Drink, Drink, Drink!
It’s easy to drink less water when it’s cold outside. It’s already cold, so why would we want a cold drink? When we’re dehydrated, it not only savages our fitness goals but our immune system as well. This makes you much more susceptible to seasonal colds and flu. Raise your glass, and protect yourself
Get Your Z’s
Sleep is also essential when it comes to staying healthy this Christmas. The more rested you are, the more armed your immune system will be during your travels. Can’t sleep? Just relaxing is proven to aid as well. This is even more of an excuse for you to take a nap or lounge in the calming light of an artificial Christmas tree.
Wash Your Hands
You may be rolling your eyes at how obvious this seems, but hand washing is the NUMBER ONE WAY OF PREVENTING ILLNESS. It’s essential to wash your hands with antibacterial (not just any) soap and water. You should wash your hands long enough to the “happy birthday song” twice, or for about a minimum of seconds.
Spend time around an artificial Christmas tree.
Christmas is a warm and intimate time spent with friends and family. Make sure you spend a nice amount of time sitting around an artificial Christmas tree with your family to keep your stress levels down.
This is a good investment. Hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of bacteria. When you can’t wash your hands, hand sanitizer can save the dye. Skip the ones with the dyes and scents, since your skin is absorbent and you don’t need extra chemicals in your body.
One of your best investments while traveling is Sani-wipes. You’d be surprised just how disgusting the subway rails, airplane tray tables, and arm-rests, or doorknobs you touch are. Wipe down your seats and wash your hands frequently when traveling to decrease your chances of getting sick.
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