Whether you’re long or short hauling this summer, the truth is, when you step off a plane, you’ve just gone ten rounds with radiation and EMF exposure, dehydration and enough inflammation to cause significant damage. Though you may not feel it, air travel poses a very real threat to your health.
The good news is that you can mitigate these effects by following a few simple steps.
As the name suggests, grounding involves contact with the ground. Also known as earthing, it is a technique said to connect us with the natural, healing energy of the earths surface.
Grounding neutralizes the inflammatory effects from recycled cabin air, which is highly toxic due to aircraft filtration systems. When the body is in a state of inflammation, it opens the door to conditions like heart disease, cancer, type two diabetes, arthritis, and chronic pain.
Soon after leaving the airport, walk barefoot on grass, sand, dirt or concrete. These surfaces absorb the earth’s natural energy and pass it through your body. By contrast, wood, asphalt, and vinyl surfaces do not.
And any other stimulants while you’re at it. Coffee, alcohol and energy drinks disrupt your nervous system and circadian rhythm: your body’s internal sleep mechanism. This is especially important when traveling eastbound since the destination time zone is ahead.
Supplement with melatonin
Crossing time zones causes jet lag. When I travel to Europe from the U.S. it takes me a good week before I adjust to the five hour time difference.
A good hack is to supplement with melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone released by the brain to regulate sleep. Taking it when you fly is an effective way to reset your body’s circadian rhythm.
Just be sure to follow these rules from Dr. Kimberly Boyd, MD, from the One Medical Group in Chicago.
- Only consume if you have at least six hours to rest during your flight
- Do NOT mix with other sleep aids or sedatives such as alcohol
- Only take the dose you need – which can range from 0.5mg to 5mg. Consult your physician for help
- Time your intake: melatonin is only required for eastbound travel and should, as a general rule, be consumed thirty minutes prior to bed time at your end destination
Get lots of natural light
Light is energy! And sunlight provides vitamin D: your body’s master immunity agent. Counter the damaging effects to your immune system from flying, by spending as much time under the sun as possible when you land.
Travel is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, traveling by air on the other hand, is one of the most toxic. Follow the simple steps outlined above to maintain optimal health during your vacation!
As always, pushing for health.