Nothing can ruin your summer vacation faster than a cold. If you thought warm weather and a tropical climate were going to keep you safe, think again. A cold actually has nothing to do with temperature. In fact, many experts believe summer is actually the worst season for colds, mainly because the viruses that cause them tend to hang around much longer. To make matters worse, summer colds tend to take on more flu-like symptoms, compared to their winter counterparts. Travelers are particularly susceptible to these summer sniffles (and aches and pains and oh, the agony), mainly because this virus loves to be where large crowds are. So, airplanes, buses, trains, and cruise ships are prime places to become infected.
Luckily, there is much you can do to keep you and your family protected from this massive summer bummer.
Here are our top 5 tips:
1. Don’t skimp on sleep. Whether it is jet lag, the excitement, or the fact that you are sleeping in a new place, vacation can often do a number on our natural sleep cycle, weakening our immune systems in the process. Do your best to make sleep a priority leading up to and during your travels. If jet lag is affecting your sleep and you need some extra support to get you on track, OneSecond Supplements' Daily Sleep Aid provides a super low dose of melatonin that won’t leave you groggy the next day.
2. Choose water over Mai Tais. Keeping hydrated is one of the simplest ways to keep your body free from sickness. Pure fluids help continuously flush the body of toxins and ensure it is functioning at optimum levels.
3. Use a preventative immune booster. OneSecond Supplements Daily Immune Support is doctor formulated with vitamins A, E, and B6, as well as Zinc and Selenium, to help support your immune system. Plus, it is carry-on friendly, which means you can always have the immune backup you need…even when venturing into the dreaded airplane restroom (but please, do wash your hands).
4. Go beyond hand washing. While hand washing is vitally important (see above), it won’t do much if the items you are frequently touching (i.e. your cell phone, laptop, and sunglasses) are contaminated. Especially in frequently populated areas where tons of people are resting their items, it pays to give your valuables a quick wipe down with some sanitizer.
5. Lay off the junk food. Okay, so maybe you can splurge a little (it is vacation, after all), but just be mindful you don’t deprive your body of its nutritional needs in the process. Nutrient-dense fruits and veggies provide you with the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your bodies organs working properly. And the stronger your immune system is, the less likely you will be to contract a virus…even if it is seated right next to you on the plane.
What’s your secret to preventing summer sickness?