The holiday season is here. It’s time for gathering with family and friends to celebrate love, happiness and another year gone by. For many, this means traveling during the next few weeks to destinations near and far—sometimes very far! With all the traveling I do in my global search for the latest alternative, non-toxic healing opportunities for cancer patients, I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t work to stay healthy, whether I’m going by planes, trains or automobiles.
Understand Your Health Risks
My friends, Dr. Charles Majors, Dr. Ben Lerner and Sayer Ji, at Cancer Killers travel even more than I do to deliver their message about how to treat cancer naturally. They called out the following challenges when they fly in a recent Facebook post:
1. The damage on your body begins quickly as soon as you get to security to go through the scanner. Even though its a low amount of radiation, its still radiation.
2. Dehydration is a major issue while flying; this is one of the major reasons you feel horrible when you land.
3. Sickness and disease! Because you’re in very tight quarters with little circulation, every cough, sneeze and sniffle could affect you, and I say COULD, why? Because if your immune system is strong enough, it doesn’t matter who coughs on you or even kisses you.
4. Radiation! The scanners are MINIMAL compared to flying. Take a full-body scan and multiply it a few thousand times. The longer the flight – and subsequently the higher and closer you fly near the North Pole – the greater the dose. On a round-trip flight from Washington, D.C., to Beijing, for example, you easily exceed the 100-microsievert dose you would get from a chest X-ray.
Some Simple Steps to Stay Healthy
So what’s the holiday or business traveler to do? Through my own travel experience, I’ve developed a regimen to protect my health when I fly.
One of my most important priorities when traveling is hydration. It’s my number one priority. Whether I’m waiting in the airport or sitting on the plane, I always make sure to drink lots of water. While I don’t like drinking out of plastic water bottles, brands like FIJI are a great option to consider. Qantas airlines, which specializes in super long flights, agrees with my hydration point in their travel guidelines.
When I travel, I do my best to avoid sitting for hours at a time. I make sure I’m moving around, particularly if my flight is delayed or it’s a long flight. I get up and walk around every hour, even if it’s just up and down the aisle.
I stick with a vegetarian diet and seek out salads, avocado, seeds and vegetables when I’m eating in the airport. I also pack snacks to take along with me so I’m not tempted to eat whatever is available in the airport or on the plane. Nuts, seeds, carrots, celery, apple slices, and single-serving almond butter packets can often be found in my carry-on bag.
I always make sure I have my supplements with me, and when appropriate I take extra doses of Vitamin E, Vitamin C, iodine and probiotics when I’m traveling. Of course, make sure to check with your health care practitioner before increasing your supplements regimen for travel. But thinking about your travel needs with your health care practitioner can better prepare you as you enter the germ zone of airports and airplanes.
This regimen has kept me healthy through my global travels and keeps me ready to share the message of Hope4Cancer when I’m speaking at conferences or gathering with global colleagues to discover new ways to heal cancer! Keeping your health in mind as you fly will increase your chance of preventing illness and fatigue. I know I enjoy the journey much more when I’m prioritizing my health.