Support Your Immune System as a Frequent Flyer

Support Your Immune System as a Frequent Flyer

More and more studies are showing that frequent flying can weaken your immune system. This means that the worlds most frequent flyers aircrew, international business executives and diplomats are subject to a higher risk of contracting both short term illnesses and chronic diseases.

When you frequently travel across continents and time-zones with no regular sleep pattern your body’s natural equilibrium is disrupted. This constant disruption affects your circadian rhythm, which can weaken your immune system. Frequent changes in temperatures and climates is also believed to have a negative impact our metabolic processes and our immune system along with changes in air pressure, which can put a strain on our oxygen levels and blood flow. Our ability to resist infection is affected by the dehydrated, moisture-free conditions in the cabin causing the mucous lining of our noses to dry out, weakening their ability to trap pathogens and prevent illness. Of course there is also the regular disruption to our eating cycle and lack of nutritious food available in-flight which can also affect our immune system.

But of course if you are a frequent flyer you may say, I have no choice but to fly. So how can you support your immune system if this is the case. Here at Neomed Institute we believe in both a preventative and reactive approach to your health and wellbeing. Here are some of our suggestions to support your immune system while flying.

Prior to Flights

  • Increase your water intake on the days prior to your flight.

  • Try to eat only fresh, whole-food, highly nutritious meals on the days prior to your flight to make up for the lack of during the flight.

  • Take a daily dose of Liposomal Vitamin C, Zinc, B-Complex, Vitamin E and beta-carotene (natural vitamin A), all of which help boost your immune system.

  • Take a daily dose of doTERRA OnGuard Protective Blend Softgels as these contain a powerful immune boosting blend of essential oils.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine on the day prior to your flight.

During the Flight

  • Studies have shown you are less likely to catch colds if you sit on an aisle or window seat so choose seat carefully. Try to get an empty row if possible.

  • Carry a sanitizing spray with you on flights and immediately clean your tray table and armrests when you sit down. Use this on all toilet visits also.

  • Drink water every 30 mins on board and no alcohol.

  • Take several doses of Liposomal Vitamin C (for example, one dose every hour of the flight) and an extra On Guard Softgel on board the flight.

  • Carry doTERRA On Guard Touch Roller Blend with you and apply to pulse points on wrists, behind ears and lymph nodes on neck periodically throughout flight.

  • If you can bring food on the plane with you bring some fruit or a salad not processed or packaged items.

  • Get up and walk around the plane as much as possible.

  • Try and get some sleep rather than using digital devices if possible.

  • Carry a saline spray with you and use throughout flight to keep your airways moist and open.

Reactive Care

If you are a frequent flyer maybe as a flight attendant or an executive and are currently experiencing a compromised immune system and maybe even a chronic illness as a result of your traveling and you would like to find out more about our wellness programs and immune boosting treatments here at Neomed in Cyprus, then please use the form below to get in touch with us.

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What is Aerotoxic Syndrome?

What is Aerotoxic Syndrome?

Aerotoxic Syndrome is a relatively new term that was coined to describe an illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in jet aircrafts.

An aircraft’s ECS (Environmental Control System) system controls the circulation of cabin air to ensure a constant supply of clean air and to pressurise the cabin. Unfortunately substances used in the maintenance and treatment of aircraft, including aviation engine oil, hydraulic fluid, cleaning compounds and de-icing fluids, can sometimes contaminate the ECS. Air crew, ground staff and passengers themselves can also contaminate the air supply with carbon dioxide, pesticides, bioeffluents, viruses, bacteria, allergens, and fungal spores. Off-gassing from interior material and cleaning agents used on the plane can also affect the air supply.

When an individual is exposed to contaminated cabin air, it can cause both short and long term health issues. Unfortunately those who are frequent flyers such as Air Crew are more at risk of long term health issues from a build up of exposure to toxic air.

According to Aerotoxic Association

“Those who have been subject to toxic oil exposure and CO fumes normally complain of headaches, breathing difficulties, muscle aching and exhaustion, symptoms that appear first and fast. Many suffer full Aerotoxic Syndrome symptoms after repeated exposures to such toxic chemical substances/mixtures that attack the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS controls all of the major organs in the body; symptoms are mainly neurological but are many and varied. Aerotoxic Syndrome is frequently misdiagnosed and mistreated by doctors unfamiliar with a hidden cause of poisonings, which results in patients being falsely treated with i.e. anti-depressants, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and other drugs.”

Here at Neomed Institute in Cyprus we have developed a program specifically designed for Air Crew or frequent flyers that concentrates on regeneration, oxygenation and detoxification of the body after long stressful flights. Utilising our unique holistic approach combined with biological medicine our program targets the build-up of toxins in the body to help alleviate some of the debilitating symptoms. Individuals who feel they may be suffering from Aerotoxic Syndrome or other flying related illness are welcome to partake of our Air Crew Wellness Program which we tailor according to your specific needs and symptoms.

If you would like to know more about our Air Crew Wellness programs follow this link:

Air Crew Wellness Programs