Hydration

The reported air humidity is somewhere between 10 and 20%, which is around the same level as the Death Valley, the hottest place in North America. Dry air

Body, but also skin… Drinking more water than usual is therefore a good idea. Even if you need to pay a few dollars to stay hydrated, it’s well worth the money. TSA will not allow you to bring water, but most of airports have drinking fountains just before boarding where you can refill your empty bottle.

For longer flights we recommend bringing not just water bottle for room-temperature water, but also thermal flask for warm beverages.

Best way to hydrate is of course drinking mineral water. Sodas and juices are bad choices, because they’re typically loaded with sugar. Interesting choice may be tomato juice. During flight our taste buds are blunted, but they still perceive umami taste. People report that the tomato juice tastes good during flights even if they don’t normally consume it. Beetroot juice or green juice powder can provide similar results while boosting immunity at the same time.

Another good option is herbal tea or hot cocoa – which are rarely available as a standard option, but you can easily prepare them if you bring ingredients and ask for hot water. Drinking calming warm beverage like chamomile tea or reishi mushroom elixir before sleep will help you to fall asleep faster. Some of us carry a travel pouch with small selection of herbal teas, packets of mushroom elixirs and cocoas, as well as coconut milk powder. It may seem a bit overboard, but imagine the nice feeling when you have a comforting warm drink after a stressful day.

Free alcohol available on flights and lounges is tempting, but you should avoid it as much as possible. The effects of alcohol are bad on land, but they are multiplied in the air by the changes of air pressure, stress, dehydration and lack of sleep. Studies have shown that ……[thrombosis]….
The double whammy of dry air and consumption of alcohol (or tea and coffee) can leave you seriously dehydrated.

Some people use alcohol as a sleep aid, but this approach is incorrect. Alcohol does sedate the prefrontal cortex and may help you to ……the wakeful state. But the sleep quality – already compromised by time shift and uncomfortable position – will suffer even more, and you will feel even more tired than you would without consuming it. If you can’t resist and really want to enjoy a drink, at least don’t drink it too close to going to sleep.

Key takeaways
– Keep hydrated. When they serve water during the flight, always ask for 2 cups. Buy water
even if it’s chargeable.
– If you can, bring water on board (it can take long before they start serving drinks)
– Bring thermal flask and your favourite non-caffeinated hot beverage (herbal teas, mushroom extracts, cocoa, turmeric latte, coconut milk. Ask staff for hot water – often you can get it free of charge both on the plane and at the airport.
– Try asking for tomato juice, or bring beetroot or green juice powder to enhance your water
– Avoid alcohol

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