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5 ways to stay healthy while traveling

No one likes catching a cold while on vacation. Whether you’re driving across the country or flying internationally, new places, lack of sleep, and exposure to new people (and new germs!) can increase your chances of getting sick. Make sure you’re giving your immune system the added boost it needs to keep your body healthy.

1. Sleep

When you don’t get enough sleep, it’s harder for your body to fight colds. (Sleep deprivation suppresses your immune system.) Aim for getting a full night’s sleep a few nights leading up to your travel date, and be sure to get enough rest once you arrive at your destination.

2. Hydrate

Water is so important! A fully hydrated body cleanses toxins and keeps your immune system strong. It’s easy to get dehydrated on an airplane, so be sure to bring a water bottle and refill it often. Aim for one glass of water for every hour of the flight.

3. Exercise

Add exercise to your checklist. Gentle exercise, such as walking, biking, or yoga, increases the circulation of immune cells that boost immunity. It’s important not to overdo it, though, because more rigorous exercise can decrease immunity.

4. Eat healthy

For an extra boost to your immunity, eat foods high in vitamin C and other immunity-building nutrients, such as bell and chili peppers, kale, broccoli, strawberries, pineapples, and kiwis.

5. Get your immunizations

When’s the last time you got a flu shot? Help prevent illness by making sure your shots and immunizations are up to date.

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