18 APRIL 2011

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Article from BTNews 18 APRIL 2011

In-flight hydration fears

The Natural Hydration Council has published what it calls its “Healthy Hydration Factsheets” with the plea “you ought to drink more water.”

It explains the reasons for ensuring adequate hydration when travelling, and provides helpful advice on avoiding the 'travel fatigue' which is often caused or exacerbated by dehydration.

On long haul flights, the air circulation and lack of humidity causes moisture from our bodies to evaporate at a quicker rate than normal.  This may be one of the causes of ‘travel fatigue’ that is often reported by long haul travellers.  Scientists also think that low humidity in the aircraft and dehydration, combined with long periods of cramped sitting, may increase the risk of developing blood clots in the legs, thromboembolism.  Those most at risk are people aged over 60 years, those with a history of blood clots and women taking oral contraceptives, particularly if travelling on flights lasting more than 12 hours.

Drinking plenty of water before and during the flight and keeping intakes of alcohol, tea and coffee to a minimum will help to prevent signs of dehydration such as dry skin, tiredness and headaches and will go some way to helping you arrive at your destination feeling more refreshed. www.naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk

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