Most people forget that water is one of the most important nutrient one should drink daily. Travelers must be mindful of their water intake as traveling can cause significant water losses. Our body can experience physiological changes because of an increase in altitude during airline travels. What’s worst is that an aircraft cabin’s humidity levels can become low at some point, ranging from 5-10% which is less humidity than the Sahara Desert.
Dehydration also plays a big part in exaggerating jet lag. Dehydration symptoms like dry chapped skin, increased wrinkles, dry eyes, tiredness, low urine output, dry mouth, headache, constipation, and dizziness may start to appear. Once started, it may lead to severe dehydration where you start experiencing low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst, dry skin, loss of skin elasticity, little to no urination, and fever.
A study also proved that drinking enough water everyday can lower to risk of getting heart diseases. Individuals who drank five to eight glasses of water a day is less likely to get a fatal coronary heart disease than the ones who drank less than two glasses a day. The study also suggests that drinking enough water must also be included in your diet and exercise.
So for our traveler-savvy friends out there, this article is for you. Listed below are 4 important ways of how to keep yourself hydrated while traveling. So what are they? Let’s begin!
- Drinking two 8 ounce glasses of warm or room temperature water every time you wake up is essential for your body. This will give your body an energy boost that can help you last longer throughout a rough day.
- If you ever feel hungry, don’t just quickly grab some food in your fridge. Sometimes, our body tricks us of giving us a hungry feeling when in reality we are just thirsty for water. To increase your water intake, fill a water bottle or pitcher with water and drink it throughout the day. Be sure to put it somewhere near you so that you’ll be reminded to drink plenty of water.
- Drinking 8 ounces of water per hour during your flight is important to keep your body hydrated while in the air. Avoid drinking alcohol as this may dehydrate your body during flight. Did you know that your body uses water to process all the other beverages you drink?
- To replenish your body water back to its healthy and original state after a long flight, submerge yourself in a hot tub, pool, or bath filled with cold water. Immersing your whole body including your head in water can replenish your moisture directly by your pores.