This may change the way you travel the world
Flying can be convenient, but it can be seriously hard on your body. The fact of the matter is that the human body wasn’t meant to be up in the air that high, so it may not know how to function correctly at those altitudes.
However, now that air travel has become the standard for long-distance travel, we’ve got to learn how to adapt to it. These helpful hacks will keep your body and mind in tip-top condition so that you don’t feel extreme jet-lag when you land.
Your body was not meant to be that high in the sky, so it doesn’t know quite how to react to high heights and artificial air pressures. While in the air, your body doesn’t work like it normally does when it’s on the ground.
Melissa Biggs Bradley, founder of Indagare, explained what happens to your body during flight to Bloomberg. “Basically, at superhigh altitude, your digestive system shuts down completely. Someone said to me it’s like being under anesthesia,” she said. “So when you get off the plane, everything restarts and it has so much more work to do.”
One reason that your body shuts down is because your blood isn’t flowing through your body as much as it normally would. Even with all of the oxygen in the plane, your body isn’t getting as much oxygen. It can make you feel very lethargic.
“On a long-distance flight, there is a significant stagnation of blood flow,” said the executive director of the Aerospace Medical Association Jeffrey Sventek. “Blood isn’t circulating as well as it should, which slightly reduces oxygen levels.”
Pump it up
Sventek suggests moving the blood in your veins around yourself to increase your oxygen levels and fight fatigue. Because blood has a tendency to settle in your lower extremities, the way to keep it circulating is to flex your feet and contract the muscles in your legs.