(StatePoint) More than half of Americans are planning to take a vacation this summer, according to a Bankrate survey. While these excursions are meant to be fun and relaxing, road trips and long flights can lead to health risks that you know about, like jet lag, and some you may not be familiar with, such as leg swelling and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Experts advise travelers to take precautions for a healthy travel experience.
â€œMost people are familiar with jet lag, but even if youâ€™re sitting in a car for a long time, youâ€™re at risk for other conditions like edema, which can cause painful leg swelling,â€ says nationally renowned natural health physician and best-selling author, Dr. Fred Pescatore. â€œLuckily, there are simple steps you can take to avoid these issues.â€
For a healthy, relaxing vacation, Dr. Pescatore is sharing his favorite travel tips.
Flying or driving to a new time zone can throw off your internal clock, causing jet lag and making it harder to sleep.
â€œTake 15 to 20-minute power naps if youâ€™re heading to a different time zone. Quick naps when your body naturally feels tired offers you some rest, but wonâ€™t leave you wide awake at bedtime,â€ says Dr. Pescatore.
Take Fitness Breaks
Cramped up in a car or plane for long periods of time can cause swelling and fluid accumulation in the lower legs, known as edema, which is a major risk factor for developing a potentially life-threatening blood clot known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
Each year, as many as 900,000 Americans are affected by DVT, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and studies published in Minerva Medica show that 10 percentÂ of long-haul air passengers are at risk. Dr. Pescatore recommends taking frequent breaks to walk around and stretch in order to avoid these conditions. At rest stops, take a walk and when flying, stand up and stretch in the aisle when possible.
Try aÂ Natural Supplement
A new peer-reviewed clinical study shows that supplementing with the natural super-antioxidant, Pycnogenol (pronounced pic-noj-en-all), can help reduce edema and relieve jet lag symptoms during long-haul travel.
â€œThis research is exciting news for those looking for a safe, effective healthy travel option,â€ Dr. Pescatore says.
Pycnogenol is one of the most researched ingredients on the market, with decades of studies showing its benefits for a variety of health applications. Itâ€™s available in more than 700 dietary supplements, multi-vitamins and health products worldwide. For more information, visit pycnogenol.com.
As you prepare for your summer travel, remember these tips for a healthy vacation.
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