ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Staying Healthy While Traveling

Updated on March 3, 2016

Travelers who tour many different countries with different time zones are faced with many challenges that can contribute to the degradation of their mental and physical health.

Traveling to many places with different time zones can also affect psychosocial behavior because of the different stimuli that the body is forced to experience. Staying healthy while traveling is important wherein the traveler need to be in a state of high well being to prevent any complications that might arise from the trip.


Jetlag Blues

The most common problem many passengers experience when traveling is jetlag. Jetlag is defined as feeling characterized by insomnia, fatigue and the general irritability caused by a tired mind after a flight.  The new environment ,new culture and new body clock system may distort the normal time of rest for an individual. This can cause consistent stress on body functions resulting to an inefficient output of energy by different body organs that depend on night and day settings

Jetlag is commonly experienced a few days by a traveler until a time where internal homeostasis is achieved by manually calibrating sleep and dietary patterns with the new place.

Dehydration Is One Of The Main Culprit

Another reason why some travelers experience headaches and nausea during flight can be attributed to dehydration. Even if the traveler has not endured any strenuous exercise during the flight, the flight duration itself can lead to water deprivation needed to maintain efficient hydration. In addition, The different changes of pressure within the cabin also affect body functions and metaboloc rates. Moreover, this constant change of pressure will increase metabolic rates and thus increase the consumption of bodily fluids.

It is advisable to drink water throughout the flight so that you can keep the body hydrated and well supplied. As hydration starts to set in, this will lead to slow movement of blood. Movement of blood is essential to the brain and the body as it supplies oxygen to vital body organs. When the brain oxygen supply is low, feelings of irritability, fatigue and sleep can set-in as more and more carbon dioxide is produced.


Did you find the information above to be useful?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • speedbird profile imageAUTHOR

      speedbird 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for your comments rorymullen

    • rorymullen profile image

      rorymullen 

      7 years ago from Maine

      Very helpful. I understand traveling is a hard task with many chances to come into contact with sick people. Thanks Again

    • speedbird profile imageAUTHOR

      speedbird 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Sure, Thanks HealthScienceGuy for your comments. I am glad that you found this to be useful

    • HealthScienceGuy profile image

      HealthScienceGuy 

      7 years ago from Portland

      I travel a good amount. Thanks for the tips

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)