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Do you get jet lag, digestive distress, or general fatigue when traveling? Travel fatigue is so common today, not just from the stress and lack of sleep that often accompanies travel, but from what happens to your body when you fly.
Air travel is stressful on the body, especially during takeoff. You can easily sustain energy and support smooth digestion on a long flight by taking along a delicious powdered protein shake, like Body Ecology’s new Immune Power Protein Shake with 15 grams of vegan protein per serving.
This season’s travel is already gearing up to be a doozy. AAA estimates that 2015 holiday travel could break records — with travel numbers projected to top 100 million for the first time. Nearly one in three Americans may be preparing to take a holiday trip, up 1.4 percent from the previous year.1 Considering that the Christmas holidays are ranked among some of the worst days to travel, right along with the day before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and spring break, you can imagine the toll that a crowded (and delayed) airport can take on an already tired body.
If you stop and think about your last trip — what was it like? If you are like most people, it probably went something like this:
It's amazing the lengths we go to for a week or two off. We go on vacation to relieve the stress of everyday life and yet, we find that there is often a price for our precious time off — both before and after the trip. And what about business trips? We often arrive home more tired than before and "crash" from fatigue.
There is a better way to travel — a way that will help minimize the stress we feel before, during, and after our trips.
As University of Surrey and Lund University researchers explain, travel is often depicted as happy and lighthearted by travel companies and the media, when in reality, jet lag and other side effects of frequent travel can have a long-term impact on the body.2 Just like anything else, healthy travel takes time and preparation, but the increase in energy you will feel will be worth the investment.
You have probably heard the basic guidelines to beat jet lag before. According to the National Sleep Foundation, based on the 24-hour circadian rhythm cycle of the body, it helps to choose a flight that arrives in the early evening so that you can stay up until at least 10 p.m. when traveling to a new time zone. You can also prepare your body in advance for a time change by waking and going to bed earlier several days in a row before an eastbound trip — or waking and going to bed later prior to a westbound trip.3
The World Health Organization advises arriving at the airport as rested as possible and taking short naps, less than 40 minutes, on a medium to long flight. Eating light and limiting alcohol consumption are also key. Heavy meals and alcohol can affect digestion and impair sleep quality.4
Yes, the health of your body before, during, and after a flight can greatly impact your chance of jet lag and travel fatigue.
The best way to prepare for an upcoming trip, large or small, is to consider what your body needs before you take off:
You deserve to be at your best whether you are traveling for business or pleasure. These simple steps will make a big difference in how you feel so that you can truly enjoy your holiday.
Travel fatigue sucks the fun out of an otherwise perfect vacation. And travel fatigue is more common than you think — it may be caused by stress and lack of sleep, as well as the impact flying has on your body.
You go on vacation to escape stress, yet traveling stresses your body even more. Use these three tips to nourish your health and keep energy levels stable to better enjoy your next holiday:
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