Flying Healthy: 6 Supplements and Foods to Carry on Flights

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The holidays might be long gone, but flu and cold season is still in full effect. Flying on an airplane dramatically increases our chances of getting sick due to the shared air and low cabin humidity in a confined space with lots of other people. The Journal of Environmental Health Research even states that passengers on airplanes are 100 times more likely to catch a cold than during their daily life on the ground.

Illness may also be a result of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) that come from the flight’s cosmic radiation, passenger laptops, cell phones, and scanners at the airport. Research shows that EMFs affect the immune and nervous systems, even at a low exposure, which increases our susceptibility to disease.

Taking all of this into consideration, proper preparation could help minimize your chances of getting sick. It starts with the right foods and supplements. Junk food may undermine your immune system, so steer clear of unhealthy vending machines and restaurants at the airport. With these healthy eats, you won’t think twice about that hot pretzel stand.

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1. Apple

Bring an apple or your favorite piece of fruit. This will make you avoid spending money on overpriced, unhealthy airport food and give you nutrients you need to protect yourself. Apples have tons of vitamin C and potassium, but also have enough fiber to keep you full for a longer period of time. They make a perfect snack that won’t bother anyone on your flight.

2. Green powder mix

Green powders are convenient sources of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. They’re also super easy to pack in a carry-on or suitcase and are ideal for mixing into water for a quick way to replenish yourself. In addition, green powder is an easy way to get some more nutrients when you may not have access to tons of veggies. Your routine may be a little off, including sleep habits, eating, and drinking, so these powders can help in a pinch.

3. Vitamin C

Vitamin C can boost your body’s ability to fight off airborne germs. Bring vitamin C pills, tablets, or drink powder to take before, during, even after a flight. Vitamin C may not completely cure your cold, but it can help with the duration of symptoms and keep your immune system in tip-top shape.

4. Ginger


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Ginger is a fantastic remedy for nausea. If you’re prone to motion sickness when you travel, bring this spice instead of pesky medications. You can take ginger capsules, ginger candies, or beverages to help soothe your stomach. Ginger has so many health benefits that, even if you don’t suffer from motion sickness, it’s a fantastic superfood to take along with you when traveling.

5. Water

Believe it or not, water can actually save you from the cold or flu, but not in the way you think. The low humidity on planes causes our noses and throats to get extremely dry. Our body naturally combats this with a runny nose, but runny noses can easily pick up bacteria that can adhere to mucus in our nose. Be sure to blow your nose periodically and drink plenty of water. Sniffling that mucus back in your throat will only allow bacteria to multiply. The more hydrated you are, the easier it will be for your body to flush out any unwanted bacteria.

6. Probiotic supplement

Probiotics will help ease any travel constipation you experience. These supplements are a good option when you don’t have access to foods with good-for-your gut bacteria, like yogurt.

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