Air Travel Tips
Long air travel trips (more than 4 hours) can lead to tissue swelling and lymph flow stagnation. Four years ago, I traveled to Australia. After 25 hours of traveling, and standing around in connecting airports, as I arrived in Sydney, I could not believe it: my ankles were swollen!
Unfortunately or fortunately, going to Australia for me is a treat that does not happen often. However, it’s important to know that consistent long distance air travel can lead to damage of the Lymphatic System. These are some of the reasons air travel can impair your lymph flow:
- Cabin pressure is lower than regular atmospheric pressure. The natural muscle pump caused by atmospheric pressure is reduced and fluid intake by the lymph capillaries diminishes. So, lymph fluid accumulates in the tissues.
- Immobility during air travel slows down blood and lymph circulation. It adds to the low cabin pressure and increases the problem.
- Cabin air is dry. It may lead to dehydration. Reduced fluid levels in the body changes blood capillary pressure which also contributes to tissues swelling.
But there is good news, too! You can enjoy your Summer travel with a bit of information. Here are some tips for you to prevent the problem:
- drink plenty of water before and during air travel.
- get up and walk around as many times you can.
- wear loose, non restricting clothing to avoid compressing the lymph nodes.
- change position when seated.
- get enough sleep before traveling.
- try to avoid alcohol which increases dehydration.
- practice some Lymphatic Yoga motions. Flex and point feet, rotate ankles and wrists often. Massage your neck gently and move it slowly up and down, side to side, and turn to the right and to the left. Breathe. With your finger tips gently tap bellow the collar bones.
Last year, again I traveled to Sydney and this time I didn’t have swollen ankles! It was amazing! But this time I used all the tips I just shared with you. Have a bright and happy Summer!
Let me know if these tips helped you! I’d love to hear from you!
Love, peace and light to all!