A Doctor’s Tips to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel
(StatePoint) More than 100 million Americans will travel this holiday season, according to AAA estimates. Holiday travel can seem daunting, between flight delays and bumper-to-bumper traffic. What’s more, it has potential health impacts, including leg swelling and increased risk for cold and flu.
“Air travel, long drives, less sleep and added stress can weaken your immune system at a time when you’re around more people and susceptible to illness,” says nationally renowned natural health physician and best-selling author, Dr. Fred Pescatore.
Dr. Pescatore is sharing a few tips to help boost health for this season’s holiday travel.
Feed Your Immune System
Cold and flu season ramps up just in time for the holidays, which means you may be more at risk of catching a bug. “Take precautions before boarding your flight — wash your hands frequently, bring hand sanitizer with you and snack on antioxidant-packed vegetables like broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes to keep your immune system strong,” says Dr. Pescatore.
Fend off Fatigue
The American Sleep Association estimates that nearly 93 percent of travelers experience jet lag and it can be severe enough to interfere with holiday and vacation plans. “Sleep disturbances make you feel tired, nauseous and irritable — not a good combination with holiday activities,” says Dr. Pescatore.
A peer-reviewed study shows that daily supplementation with the super-antioxidant, Pycnogenol (Pic-noj-en-all), reduces jet lag symptoms by nearly 50 percent. “Pycnogenol, a natural botanical extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, is a traveler’s best friend. You can spend less time feeling fatigued and more quality time with your loved ones this holiday season,” says Dr. Pescatore.
Long periods of immobility in a cramped space like a car or plane contribute to swelling and fluid accumulation throughout the legs. Known as edema, it can be uncomfortable and may feel worse after travel.
Dr. Pescatore recommends taking shorts breaks to move around on road trips and to stand up and stretch during long flights to keep blood circulating and reduce swelling. “Pycnogenol is also shown to promote circulation, and studies show its benefits for reducing swelling and discomfort during long-distance travel. Again, it’s a good supplement for travel,” he says.
Pycnogenol is one of the most researched ingredients on the market with decades of studies showing its benefits for a variety of health applications. It’s available in more than 700 dietary supplements, multi-vitamins and health products worldwide. For more information, visit pycnogenol.com.
“Drink plenty of water, use a supplement for a beneficial boost and remember to enjoy the holidays. Yes, even the travel can be fun,” says Dr. Pescatore.
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of better health by taking simple steps.