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Travel for work? What happens to your body when you fly

For some professionals, having to travel for work is part and parcel of the job spec. Although flight is a miracle of modern engineering, it can also have a harmful effect on the body. 

Thus, the jet-setting lifestyle has its own risks that passengers need to be aware of.

Furthermore, the warmer months of summer are traditionally a time when more people fly for work and leisure.

While commercial flight is by no means new, consumers may not be fully aware of its negative impacts on health.

The ability to explore the world at extreme altitudes shows how much humankind has achieved its dream of soaring unchecked across the sky.

However, the risks involved include mild inconveniences such as reduced taste. In extreme cases, the passengers face the real and dangerous possibility of blood clots.

Travel for work, but don’t suffer for it

Thankfully, research reveals the dangers of cruising among the clouds.

Equipped with this information, adventurers can prepare themselves.

Stay hydrated

Although drinking enough water throughout the day is important even on land, it’s even more important while high and dry.

Deydration while flying causes your body to make less saliva. This lack of fluids results in bacterial growth, dry skin, and acne.

Forget good taste

Additionally, flying messes with your taste buds.

Scientists discovered that the palate prefers flavours that are savoury. In technical terms, this is a desire foods that are umami flavoured. There’s no real way to prepare for this, other than temporarily saying goodbye to a sweet tooth.

Don’t let it get to your head

Passengers during a flight don’t usually experience the feeling of movement associated with travel on land.

Thus, this static experience can cause some individuals to feel nauseous and dizzy. Some poor souls might even vomit.

Speed things up

Sitting during a prolonged period of time causes blood to pool in the lower limbs, and increase the chance of clotting.

Also, decreased air pressure in the cabin causes gas to expand in the body, resulting in painful bloating. Reduced mobility additionally slows down metabolism, which can lead to constipation.

Thus, stretching and walking stimulates circulation. This action helps reduce the chance of blood clots, and the uncomfortable sensation of not being able to go to the toilet.

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