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By Plane, by Train

Posted by Heather J.

Travel, especially on germ-ridden planes, trains, and buses, lowers our resistance to infection and boosts our risk of catching a cold. To help prevent a sniffly, sneezy, holiday season, take a few precautions before embarking on your trip: * Be especially mindful of healthful eating the few days before your trip. Load up on fresh (preferably organic) fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and aim to incorporate ample organic garlic. Drink green or black tea instead of coffee for an immune-boosting antioxidant kick, and add an extra 500 to 1,000 mg of vitamin C and 100 to 400 IU of vitamin E, taken in divided doses, to your daily multi. * Continue the vitamin regime on travel day, and drink extra water to compensate for flight travel's dehydrating effect. Take a few zinc lozenges for the trip, as well. Got any other good tips? Let us know!
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A great immune booster is lemon and lime freshly squeezed into purified water every morning -- a week or two before you leave for the trip. Perhaps, this action can take the place of taking a vitamin C supplement? While on the plane order purified water with a twist or wedge of lemon or lime -- very refreshing on a plane. Drink lots of water while traveling too.
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