What happens to your body when you fly?
Aerophobia –fear of flying– is more common than you imagine, but we’ll tell you how to overcome it.
Many travelers adore the experience of getting on a plane and flying to new destinations. However there are also those who start enjoying their vacation until they land safe and sound. Don’t fear. DINKtravelers will tell you what happens when you find yourself at thousands of feet over the ground and how to help your body and mind relax. Follow our advice to enjoy your next trip from the moment you make your reservation until you return home with a luggage full of souvenirs.
FOODS YOU SHOULD EAT BEFORE AND DURING A FLIGHT
The lack of humidity and the changes in pressure affect the way in which we digest foods. In fact, low pressure causes inflammation while dry air provokes dehydration –that’s why you should avoid alcohol and coffee before flying and you should drink plenty of water during the flight–.
At the same time, your sense of taste is reduced almost one third, so it’s possible that you might crave foods with a high content of salt or sugar. Do you want a soda? Skip it! The gas in carbonated beverages will worsen the sensation of bloating and inflammation in your stomach.
FLYING THROUGH THUNDERSTORMS
Pilots depend on the information they get from the radar and on their own view from the cockpit to avoid severe storms. Yet, someday you might fly under the rain or see lightning through the plane’s windows. Keep calm. Modern airplanes are designed to make electricity run around the outside of the aircraft rather than through it. That way it dissipates without causing any damage.
HOW TO AVOID AIR SICKNESS
Low pressure does not only affect your digestion but also the amount of oxygen your blood absorbs (hypoxia), making you feel dizzy or faint. It may also make you feel pain or discomfort in your ears and, added to the lack of mobility and space, it increases the risk of clotting. Taking short walks along the plane, wearing comfortable clothes and wearing compression stockings reduces the risk of thrombosis. Likewise, yawning and chewing bubblegum helps to pop your ears.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THERE IS TURBULENCE?
Travelers say that turbulence is the most anguishing element during a flight. Nevertheless, pilots assure that apart from being a very uncomfortable situation, it’s not dangerous. Besides, there’s an autopilot mode designed for turbulence that makes the aircraft return to its original position in space whenever it’s nudged.
HOW TO AVOID JET LAG
Studies reveal that for every hour you win or lose, your body needs one day to readjust. Evidently, an intercontinental flight may leave you feeling fatigued, disoriented and sleepy at strange hours. Adjust your watch as soon as you board the plane to determine your new hours of sleep and eat whenever they bring you a tray in order to get used to meal schedules.