The Surprising Truth About Travel Dehydration + Your 5-Step Plan to Fix It!
Have you ever wondered why you feel so hungry after a flight?
Or that you have a headache and feel weirdly foggy as you walk off the plane?
By the end of a flight, the cabin can be significantly drier than the Sahara Desert!
Yes, that’s exactly why your skin feels so dry, your eyes and throat are scratchy, and you feel like you’ve just woken up from a 20-hour nap- hello, grogginess!
In a nutshell, dehydration wreaks havoc on our bodies.
· Dry skin
· Irritated eyes, nose, and throat
The main reason for feeling like this?
The air we breathe on the plane as we fly through the sky is 50% outside air.
Which has almost no moisture…
So, as we fly, the relative humidity drops from about 50% to 10%.
To put that into perspective, the Sahara Desert ranges from 5-30% humidity!
Dehydration then compounds:
· That low humidity in the plane draws water out of our bodies
· Drinking coffee, tea, and alcohol on flights leads to even more dehydration
· Not to mention, we’re given a measly cup of water every 3 hours on a typical flight
· Salty foods (“pretzels or peanuts?”) can further dehydrate us
And if you’re traveling to a place with high altitude, you’ll have to fight altitude sickness and further dehydration with more water.
Will all of that said, there’s still good news :)
You can actively fight off dehydration using these 5 simple steps:
1. Fill up on water before getting on plane
2. Drink one cup of water per hour on the plane
3. Drink an extra cup of water for every serving of alcohol
4. Bring hydrating snacks (apples + mini cucumbers travel well)
5. Bring a greens powder to add to your water (you’ll benefit from extra nutrients, too)
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