Traveling over the holidays? Here's how you can stay healthy

Posted at 9:07 AM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2019-11-06 12:55:32-05

We all know that traveling over the holidays can be very stressful, which can then affect your health. We have some tips from Dr. John Fox at Priority Health for you to stay healthy while traveling over the holidays.

The first tip, according to Fox, is to fuel your body with immune system-boosting foods. Those include foods that are rich in Vitamins C and E like broccoli, oranges, kiwi, red bell peppers, almonds and sunflower seeds.

Another tip that is much easier said than done is getting enough sleep. We know getting a good night's sleep while traveling can be tough, but try earplugs, a sleep mask or noise-canceling headphones to help get some rest. Also, don't mess with your sleep schedule.

Third, hydrate. If you start to feel sick, hydration can help relieve flu symptoms because proteins are transported through bodily fluids, according to Fox.

"Drinking warm water with lemon and honey will keep you hydrated with added vitamin C immune-boosting benefits," he writes.

Make sure to also pack the medications you use most this time of the year like over-the-counter flu and cold meds, as well as a decongestant. If you pack ahead, you won't be stressed as much or won't be running to the nearest pharmacy.

Finally, Fox said if you feel sick, try a virtual visit. It's cheaper than an emergency room visit, according to Fox, and connects you with a board-certified doctor from wherever you are.