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How to limit your chances of getting airborne sickness while traveling.

Updated on August 24, 2012

The Health Risks of Travel

At no time in history have more people been moving back and forth across the earth at a faster rate. With this increased speed and access to travel, comes greater exposure to airborne illnesses. Combine that risk with frequent enclosed space like you have in aircraft, airports, cars, and boats and you have an increasing risk of epidemic outbreaks of diseases.

The governments of the world are increasingly conscious of these risks and there are many organizations that spend all of their time tracking and evaluating the spread and occurrences of diseases as they ebb and flow across the globe.

Many of us take our health for granted. Just as many of us know that we tend to get sick more when we travel than when we are at home. These are some of the simple basic steps you can take to protect yourself from getting sick while traveling.

Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling on Airplanes, Boats, Cars, Trains, and Buses

You can protect your health in two major ways while traveling; by what you eat, and by sanitization through external means.

What you eat and drink while traveling either strengthens or weakens your immune system. Sugar is a very bad item to consume. Soda dramatically decreases your immune system's ability to fight sickness. It's bad for you to drink at anytime, but it is especially bad when traveling. If I drink soda when I travel, I will invariable come down with a cold. The best liquid you can drink at any time and especially during travel is water. Fiji water is probably the best bottled water you can drink. Vegetables and fruits are the healthiest foods you could eat during travel to boost your immune system and protect your overall health.

External sanitation practices are also important to your health. This includes washing your hands, having wipes and/or hand sanitizer, and having a good personal air purifier. Being able to clean your hands and skin is important when traveling because you touch so many places and things that so many other people touch. In Asia, you will see people traveling through airports with face masks and gloves. The concern for contracting disease by air or by touch is very real. Good sanitation will reduce your chances of getting sick. The personal air purifier is a device that hangs around your neck and cleans your air space. It does so with ionization by repelling the particles in the air out of your immediate breathing space. Many top tier personal air purifiers have been proven very effective through rigorous testing and many of them are allowed on aircraft and other transportation systems.

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