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Mile-High Health Tips

The Mile Wide Club?

Want to avoid jetlag, dehydration and nerves as you jet off on holiday this summer? It pays to watch what you eat at 30,000ft.

If you’re a nervous flyer: Take a salad of avocado, turkey and cottage cheese which are packed with sleep-aiding trypotan. For a more travel-friendly sleep snack, take a bag of dates, which are also rich in the hormone.

If you get dehydrated: A plane’s dry atmosphere makes dehydration a common side effect of flying and is thought to be one of the main causes of jet lag. Drink lots of water and eat foods with a high water content, such as fruit and salad. Avoid fizzy drinks as the gas expands under the low pressure and may bloat you. Avoid alcohol too which is a diuretic and dehydrates you even faster.

To prevent DVT: Exercise and movement is the main thing in avoiding deep vein thrombosis, but food can help too. Capsaicin in chilli is a natural anticoagulant and stimulates the circulation. The sulphur compounds from two cloves of garlic a day also reduce blood pressure and inhibit blood clotting. Both chilli and garlic need to be eaten for a week or so before the flight to fully gain these benefits.

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