It’s officially high summer and most people are gearing up for their vacations. I love traveling, you know me, but I do hate how I feel after a long flight, dehydrated and bloated.
You know the drill: they give you some peanuts, the drink cart makes a couple of rounds, they bring you your sad little tray of airplane food, your drink tons of coffee and if you’re like me you can hardly sleep.
Drinking water on a plane is a double-edged sword; if you don’t , your entire epidermis dries up; if you do, your lower body retains the liquid. So what should we do?
5 Tips to fight post-flight dehydration with foods!
- No Alcohol
I know this must be difficult for some, I do have a hard time avoiding it, but alcohol makes you retain water and causes bloating, a glass won’t hurt you, if you can stop after one glass.
“Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods there are, it’s a great alternative to plane snacks which have large amounts of sodium, which in turn make you more dehydrated. Pack big thick slices in a large plastic baggie and take them in your handbag, they will help you avoid those salty peanuts.
Cucumbers are about 96 percent water, they also contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are high in Vitamin B6 which helps in the production of serotonin which is the brain chemical that controls mood. You can slice them or cube them and also bring them along in a baggie or small container. Try making small cucumber-watermelon bites, they are pretty delicious!
When the airplane cookies come around say ‘no thanks’ and reach for some strawberries instead! They have the highest water content of any berry, 92 percent to be exact. You can enjoy the tart-sweet flavor without consuming too much sugar
5. Coconut Water
Ok, so you can’t totally avoid drinking liquids! Coconut water is low in calories and high in naturally occurring hydration replenishing electrolytes, which regular water does not contain. It’s a better option than sports drinks which have artificial flavors and more calories. After you’re past security grab a bottle of coconut water from any of the airport mini-marts.
These tips are really going to help when traveling this summer with my family, but if you have any other tips, tells us how to fight post-flight dehydration with foods!
This article was possible thanks to Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, an anti-aging and stem cell expert and long time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team.