I wanted to dedicate one newsletter just to travel since we all seem to spend more and more time on planes these days. And no matter how advanced airplane travel gets, no-one has yet come up with a way to make it a less painful experience for your body.
I have always, like many of you, got off a plane and just gone ahead and done what I need to do. I have showered, changed and hit my first meeting. But I really have noticed more and more that it's just hard work!
I find that I get off an airplane and my skin is dry, lines suddenly appear where there were none before and my digestion really suffers. In fact, it just packs up! So I have found ways and means to take care of myself and make sure that I can travel and stay healthy at the same time.
MY TOP TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOU:
1. Eat raw food on the journey. Your body retains more water and suffers less from dehydration if you pack it with live, raw nutrients. In the old days, we would achieve that with Fresh Juice. These days I order raw food from the Nosh kitchens and take it on board with me. I usually take a snack and a meal for a 4 hour period and double it for longer journeys.
2. Top up with huge amounts of Vitamin C during the flight. It helps to regulate cortisol and prevent blood pressure from spiking in response to stressful situations helps to regulate cortisol and prevent blood pressure from spiking in response to stressful situations. [Flying/airports/customs rate high on the stress-o-meter]. Regularly elevated levels of cortisol in your body suppress normal functioning of the digestive system, reproductive system, and growth processes.
3. Drink water. Don't gulp the water though; sipping water is better for rehydrating the body. So it's better to spread your water over the course of a flight.
4. Avoid alcohol. If you need to drink to sleep, drink white wine, or vodka and no more than a glass or two. Stay off red wine and 'coloured' spirits. They make your already overloaded body have to work 5x harder.
5. Probiotics are vital! Flying makes you bloated because you are seated for so long. That creates pressure in your abdomen, interferes with digestion and slows everything down. Taking Probiotics, which consist of helpful bacteria or yeasts, helps your digestion to work again. Take one the day before you fly, the day of the flight and a couple of days after.
I hope you find these really helpful. I invented a pack which we now make at Nosh just to take with me on my flights. But do feel free to make your own. Whatever you do, do make sure you do something to make it easier on your body and see the difference it makes. Our Mile High Packs are listed below with their ingredients. Bon voyage.