Business travel is tough. If you ‘ ve ever returned from a work trip and felt under the weather, you can probably relate to feeling bogged down with the sniffles or a scratchy throat.
When we ‘ re stressed, our immune system hits a low and our bodies are even more vulnerable to colds and other infections.
Flying on a regular Friday might not be your idea of fun, but travelling during a global pandemic can bring on a whole new level of stress. But it ‘ s not all doom and gloom. The good news is, airlines are stepping up and changing the way they operate. With stringent health measures, flying is a lot safer than it was at the start of the pandemic.
One thing that hasn ‘ t changed?
COVID-19 isn ‘ t going anywhere for a while.
It ‘ s up to us to do everything we can to prevent getting infected. Limiting air travel is one way, but if you really have to fly for work, you can still ensure that you ‘ re being as safe as possible.
Here are a few things you might want to consider before boarding your next business flight:
5 MUST-HAVES TO PACK IN YOUR CARRY-ON BAG
- A face mask. Keep this on during your flight and remember not to touch the front of your mask. You can also add a face shield for extra protection.
- Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes. Wipe down your seat, seatbelt and tray immediately before sitting down.
- Ziplock bags. These are handy for putting in personal items that others might touch (e.g. your ID). Bring extra bags so that you can put these items into a new bag once you ‘ ve disinfected them.
- Your own food and drinks. Bring a bottle of water and healthy snacks to stay hydrated and energised during your flight.
- Immune support. This will help to protect your body against foreign invaders and give your immune system the pre-flight boost it needs.
VITAL IMMUNE-BOOSTING SUPPLEMENTS
If you ‘ re eating a healthy diet, you ‘ re already getting in plenty of good-for-you vitamins and minerals. The problem, as we now know, is stress. When stress goes unchecked, it can quickly deplete these important nutrients and wreak havoc on your body ‘ s primary defence against infections.
Supplementing is a smart way to boost your immunity. This way, if you get exposed to the virus – or if you get sick, your body already has the resources it needs to fight back.
But, here ‘ s the catch: a strong immune system doesn ‘ t happen overnight.
For it to be effective, you should already be taking your immune-boosting supplement at least two weeks before you fly – in other words, long before popping a vitamin C in the departure lounge.
Not sure where to start?
Here are our top four immune-supporting supplements:
- Vital Immune Support contains both vitamin C and zinc – a powerful nutrient combo which works together to boost the immune system. Zinc is critical for immune cell development and vitamin C supports the function of these cells. Also included are vitamins A and D, which help to recognise harmful invaders and fight off infection.
- If you already have a vitamin C supplement, you can top up your immune-booster pack with Vital Zinc Complex. And, if you ‘ re looking for a stand-alone vitamin C supplement, Vital Maxi C 1000 mg is a family favourite (one tablet is equal to the vitamin C of 14.3 oranges!)
- Finally, if you ‘ re not a fan of swallowing tablets, Vital Vitamin C Chewable Orange is an easy, chewable vitamin that you can take on the go.
The best way to avoid getting or spreading COVID-19 is to stay at home. But if you must fly, remember to keep these tips in mind, stay as safe as possible, and boost your immune system.
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