Dr. Oz’s Holiday Travel Tips

Of all places, I found today’s blog in the Walgreens magazine.  I know… who knew!  I just returned from my wedding weekend in Mexico and am still a little overwhelmed to write about it (you can bet you’ll be reading about it for weeks to come though!). I will say that it was the most incredible experience of my life!  I can’t wait to share with you.

For today though… Dr. Oz has some wonderful tips for you for the season. 

1) Carry enough of your medicines in your carry-on luggage.  Ask your doctor whether you should change your dosages if your eating and sleeping times will change at your destination.  Bring enough medicine to last your whole trip.  Take extra medicine with you in case your return trip is delayed.

2)  Even healthy people can get blood clots in their legs after long flights.  Try to walk every now and then during your flight (unless the crew tells you not to).  It also helps to drink water, stretch your calf muscles while you are sitting and wear support stockings.  For most travelers over the age of 40, two baby aspirin daily makes sense for general health and can help prevent blood clots while sitting for prolonged periods.

3)  Traveler’s constipation is a natural response to unfamiliar environments and diets, so give your guts a break with a daily fiber supplement (like Psyllium husks or oatmeal) and lots of water.

4)  Always keep a savory snack (that happens to benefit your health like nuts or fruits) near you so you are not foraging for food in an unfamiliar environment.  Nuts are rich in healthy fats and satiate you quickly so you don’t run amok at the junk food stand.

5)  Make working out easy by storing a 20 minute workout on your laptop so you can squeeze in a quickie in your hotel room in the time it would normally take you to find the gym.  You can travel without workout clothes and sneakers since you can do these programs in your underwear (you don’t even need these).

6)  What can you do about jet lag?    Get plenty of sleep before you leave and even cheat up or back your normal hours to accommodate the time shift where you will be.  Minimize alcohol which leads to uneasy sleep which is less restful.  Always have a glass of water in between alcoholic beverages.

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