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Five Ways to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel


December 20, 2013
By: Sponsored Content from Boiron
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Since families tend to be more susceptible to flu during the holiday travel season, here are some tips from Boiron USA, the maker of Oscillococcinum®, on how everyone can stay healthy.

1.  Shared Air and Surface
Flu illness levels increase in winter because people spend more time indoors, sharing more space with others, touching more surfaces, and breathing more “shared” air. The high occupant density and the proximity of passengers in small spaces increase the chance of coming into contact with someone with flu. Reduce your chances by avoiding contact with shared items. Don’t put your face directly on airline-supplied pillows or blankets that haven’t been sanitized.

2.  Hand Washing
The majority of flu is transmitted hand-to-hand or skin-to-skin, so it’s important to wash your hands frequently. Ironically, just when travelers are particularly susceptible to respiratory illnesses due to close contact with a lot of people carrying cold and flu bugs, hand washing becomes less convenient due to lack of facilities. If you can’t wash your hands thoroughly several times a day, rely on hand sanitizers, and avoid rubbing your eyes or nose.

3.  Dehydration
Airplane travel increases susceptibility to illnesses due to the cabin’s dry air accommodating the growth of viruses that thrive on low humidity. Travelers often refrain from drinking liquids to avoid frequent bathroom trips. Yet it’s important to keep your mucus membranes moist. When they’re dry, they can’t keep germs at bay. Drink at least eight ounces of water for every hour in the air. Spritzing your face with water helps keep your skin moist. 

4.  Anxiety and Stress
There’s no doubt that travel, especially around the holidays, can be stressful. Research has shown that stress can increase your susceptibility to the flu virus and can even increase the severity of flu symptoms. Try to reduce stress by being flexible and prepared, and build extra time into your schedule for a more relaxing trip. Also, be sure to get a full night’s sleep to keep your body’s natural defenses at optimum levels.

5.  Poor Eating Habits
Your family members may tend to overeat at a relative’s home or a special night out on the town. They may also under eat when faced with unusual food choices or may skip a meal altogether due to lack of time, motion sickness, or the anxiety of traveling. Late night eating can also lead to digestive and sleep problems. Make an effort to maintain good eating habits as much as possible when traveling.

When traveling this holiday season, stay healthy by keeping Oscillo on hand for the first signs of flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. Intended to be dissolved under the tongue without water, Oscillo is ideal for travelers on the go, and it’s recommended for everyone in the family 2 years old and up. There’s no risk of overdose, since it does not contain the antihistamines or decongestants that the FDA questioned for safety and efficacy in young children. And since it doesn’t mask symptoms, parents and doctors can detect a more serious condition should one arise and respond faster. Additionally, both children and adults love the sweet-tasting pellets that dissolve easily under the tongue. 

For more flu tips while travelling and to check out the “Where Will You Take Oscillo” photo contest for a chance to win a trip for two to Paris, please visit Oscillo.com/travel, or find Oscillo on Facebook and Twitter