- Chapter 1—Having a good overview of the purpose and itinerary of your trip. Being as prepared and relaxed as possible
- Chapter 2 --Having an understanding of a balanced diet and doing your best to follow sensible Dietary Guidelines
- Chapter 3—Controlling your weight; being and getting healthy and fit.
- Chapter 4 – Following dietary tips to control inevitable flatulence that occurs with air travel, minimizing effects and discomfort
- Chapter 5 – Staying optimally hydrated
- Chapter 6 – Being mindful of the dietary factors that optimize gastrointestinal function and minimize, manage, and control g.i. dysfunction
- Chapter 7 – Executing advice on exercise, movements, and nutritional recommendations to optimize bone and joint flexibility/mobility and muscle strength and agility and to minimize/prevent clot and circulation issues
- Chapter 8 – Implementing tips to minimize and best-manage jet lag, headaches, and vertigo
Now, having said all that, for the duration of a flight (1/2 day to 12-13 hours), if you are healthy, if you already are used to consuming a healthy, balanced diet, and if you want to take the opportunity to do a ‘semi-fast’ – avoiding the airplane food, drinking your required fluids, and only taking fruit or the odd handful of nuts or other snack from your ZB (ziplock bag) – that should be perfectly fine as a sort of ‘detox’, and, as I mentioned in Chapter 8, often helps with jet lag.
These last tips are all about arriving at your destination feeling good and looking even better than you imagined! The following information will help you with freshening your breath, whitening your teeth, and getting that healthy glow!
- Optimal hydration and drinking plenty of water
- Chew on fresh or dried herbs, especially parsley and mint
- Chew on dried fennel seeds or cardamom pods
- Drink herbal and spiced teas, especially peppermint, ginger, cinnamon, chia teas
- Berries, citrus fruits, and melon as these all neutralize breath odors. Even sucking on a lemon or adding lemon to your water and tea helps
- Crunchy fruits and vegetables, especially apples, celery, and carrots increase saliva production which helps to rid mouth of foul-smelling bacteria
- Yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, and foods with active cultures also helps to neutralize strong odors
- In a pinch, chewing sugarless gum also increases saliva production and can help decrease bad breath
Nothing beats a professional cleaning and whitening process. Teeth-whitening strips can also come in handy and, of course, brushing with whitening toothpaste and flossing your teeth, but soon after landing there are some natural tips that can help get teeth feeling and looking clean and bright:
- Chewing crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples (also contain a natural teeth-whitening acid called malic acid) and celery
- Eating some pineapple! Pineapple contains bromelain, which has been found to be an effective stain-removing compound for teeth
- Strawberries, similarly, contain a teeth-whitening acid, called malic acid
- Eating raw broccoli has been shown to help clean and polish teeth
- Chewing raisins stimulates saliva and neutralizes bacteria in the mouth while removing stains
- Lactic acid in cheese protects against tooth decay and helps clean teeth
- If you can arrange arriving a day early to acclimate yourself before your ‘official’ business or vacation begins, that’s ideal.
- Practice good hand-washing or use an alcohol-based hand gel (at least 60% alcohol) to avoid picking up or spreading infections.
- ALWAYS keep in mind the travel advisories regarding compromised food and water-supply hygiene whenever you make choices involving vegetables, fruits, and or raw, uncooked, unpasteurized foods and beverages of any kind, when applicable, especially in countries with known issues.
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand”
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