Getting on an airplane takes a toll on your body. Every time you get on a plane, you are changing altitude, which changes your cellular structure. If you experience bloating when you fly, it’s because there’s a drop in cabin pressure at high altitude and the gases in your stomach expand. As these gases expand you are left feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
Avoid fizzy drinks and eating anything that will make you more bloated like beans, cheese and gluten. Travel with peppermint tea bags to counteract the bloating and if your body allows for it, learn to fast and avoid airport food altogether. DoTerra makes easy to carry Peppermint Pearls you can travel with.
The air in the cabin is recycled and lacks moisture, thus making you more dehydrated. Frequent flyers especially must avoid alcohol (which can make you more drunk) and caffeine while in flight because this increases dehydration. Before you get on your flight, buy two big bottles of water and drink them both before you exit the plane. Yes it means more trips to the bathroom but if staying hydrated helps with bloating, jet lag, dehydration and overall health, it’s worth it.
Hydrogen water tablets like H2 Absorb by Researched Nutritionals is also a great hack for on the road. Molecular hydrogen is a powerful antioxidant that targets the most toxic free radicals, the hydroxyl group. Free radicals aka ROS (reactive oxygen species) are kept in check by a healthy body, maintaining normal mitochondrial function. However, with frequent chemical exposure or physical stress like that of a life on the road, we encounter more of these free radicals. Hydrogen helps to combat this and positively impacts our genes and produces glutathione production, the master antioxidant in the liver. One to two hydrogen tablets in eight ounces of water does the trick. When the tablets stop fizzing, drink the water straight away (don’t let it sit or it loses its potency).
Another thing you can add to your bottle of water (preferably glass) is ionic trace minerals and chlorophyll drops. Trace minerals are important because your body uses minerals for many different jobs, including keeping your bones, muscles, heart and brain working. They also help hormones and enzymes work properly. Trace minerals include iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluorine, selenium and more. Trace minerals serve as antioxidants and help with biochemical reactions that support the blood system. Our food, especially when on the road, is devoid of high nutrients and minerals so getting these trace minerals through our water helps our cells function optimally.
Chlorophyll is an important biomolecule critical in photosynthesis, which allows plants to absorb energy from light. When we ingest chlorophyll, we absorb this light energy. Chlorophyll is a blood builder that helps improve the quality of RBCs and supports healthy oxygenation. It also helps with detoxification of the liver and digestive tract and aids in skin healing by reducing inflammation and bacterial growth in skin wounds.
Now that you are well hydrated, how about that air that you breathe? Being in a closed container with other people increases your chances of catching bugs and viruses. We always carry Onguard by DoTerra with us when we travel and rub it on the bottom of our feet and wrists. You can also ingest the Onguard pearls to boost your immune system internally. Alternatively, oregano oil, (it must be diluted in olive oil, otherwise it burns) really helps for managing viruses and great to rub a few drops on the glands of the neck if you feel a sore throat coming on. This is something I never travel without.
The story behind OnGuard or Young Living’s Four Thieves is an interesting one! Legend says in the 15thcentury there were four French thieves who went around robbing the sick and dying people during the plague. They doused themselves in the essential oils found in OnGuard and Four Thieves and they never caught the plague or any other nasty diseases. Since then this blend has been used to protect oneself from viruses and bacteria.
If you need to take the extra step to protect your immune system, you can also spray the air around you with colloidal silver like Argentyn 23. This too is a great thing to travel with and is a powerful antimicrobial and antiviral.
If you experience leg swelling while you fly, take precaution to avoid DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Wear compression stockings and comfortable shoes that you can easily slip on and off. Make sure to get up several times throughout the flight and move your legs. Additionally, bring a head pillow to support your neck while you travel and a blanket to avoid getting cold. Your muscles contract when you are cold, which can lead to spasms later. Onguard comprises of the essential oils: wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary leaf. It is a protective blend used to support the immune system and help kill off harmful bacteria and viruses.
As you get off the plane and wait for your driver to show up, before rushing to your next destination, get off your phone and ground your body for a few minutes. If you can step on a patch of grass, barefoot ideally, to absorb those negative ions after a flight, your body will thank you. By connecting to Earth, you neutralize oxidants and free radicals and decrease inflammation. grounding helps your body achieve equilibrium at a cellular level and it connects you back to Earth so you don’t have your head in the clouds, literally.
Now you are fully equipped with tools for you next flight. Happy flying everyone!