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1. Posted by rebeccas (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

Hi All,
Well, I'm on the first week of a six month trip through Australia, Southeast Asia, and Japan. I flew from New York City to Los Angeles a few days ago and I'm ALREADY SICK!!! Just a head cold or allergies (same symptoms), but enough to make me miserable and spacey... Although it was about 30degrees F in NY which doesn't make anyone feel too good...
Anyway, I'm leaving for Sydney on Sunday and with the time change, long flight, weather change, etc, i have no idea how to get well/stay well and how to adjust to the time change once i get there!
Any suggestions? I'm taking vitamin C- anything else? especially about how to deal with the huge time change... I'm already not able to sleep properly and LA is only 3 hours different from New York!
Also, have those of you in Sydney noticed a problem with allergies? air pollution, etc? i always notice myself sicker when i'm in cities... ew! this sucks!
thanks,
Bec

2. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 12y

Take vitamin c, as you are doing and also take zinc supplements. Zinc has been shown to keep the immune system healthy and to help recovery if you do get a cold/flu. It works for me!

Donna :)

3. Posted by sfrx (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y

Think positive. If you think you will be sick, you will. Always drink bottled water, even to brush your teeth. Don't overdo alcohol as it will decrease your immune systems response. Eat a balance diet.

4. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 12y

Agree with all the above (except maybe the alcohol bit;)). Youre body constitution make take a little while to toughen up, but it will.

5. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

I always think it's better to get used to the time change as soon as possible... Even if it means not to sleep during a very long period of time. That way you'll get to appreciate your trip sooner and better... ;)
I hope it'll help!

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

All the above advice is good. Always keep bottled water handy and don't overdo the alcoholic and high sugar (sodas) ones - both are dehydrating. Water will also help out the sinus symptoms as well. Vit. C and zinc are good preventative measures. If they appeal to your tastebuds, increase your intake of alliums - onions and garlic. You may not be the most popular person after a meal, but they do have very strong antibiotic properties and bolster your immunity. Mint, in the form of tea, will help clear your allergy symptoms - and when eaten in a salad or other food, it also aids your immune system. Mint, like the alliums, has strong antibiotic properties.

7. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Several weeks ago I have spoken to a retired airplane pilot - he believes that sleep can be cumulated to some extend in your body and advises to have a nap anytime you feel like. Making interlanding in the middle of your journey would help your internal body clock to adjust gradually, without too much shock.

Common jet lag symptoms can be combat with simple rules:

1. Massage both ears on arrival. Massage the entire ear thoroughly, inside and out, spending 2-3 minutes on each ear. (They may be quite sensitive!)

2. Once you reach your destination, you need to ground your electromagnetic system as soon as possible:
stand in direct sunlight for 10-20 minutes without glasses
walk barefoot on the ground swim in the ocean or soak in an Epsom salt bath

3. Try to adjust meal and sleep times to the new time zone before departure.

4. Airplane air is dry - many experts suggest drinking quality water before, during and after your flight. We recommend you bring your own bottled water. It is important to drink at least 8-12 ounces of water every hour.

5. Your skin gets dry too - minimize dehydration of your skin by applying lotion to as much of your body as possible. Reapply as often as needed.

6. Avoid alcohol before and during your flight(s).

7. Cabin noise causes fatigue - use earphones to listen to your choice of music or use earplugs to reduce noise.

8. Increase circulation on longer flights by moving , walking around and/or performing isometric exercises

8. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

My standard routine on my last few holidays has been this (usually get a flight about 9pm to the far east).

Get a little drunk in the pubs, bars a few hours before you fly.
Once on the plane spend the first 2/3 hours getting very drunk. This is a good way of increasing circulation through your body as you get up to go to the toilet more (opt for an aisle seat so you don't annoy fellow passengers!! Once you have had a skinful, blanket on, sleep until you land. It's then about 3pm. By the time you clear customs and get to your hotel, have a shower etc., its about 6pm and you're ready to go out and eat and have your first night out in a new and exotic place and then everything else fits into place!!!!

It's a faultless routine in my eyes!!!!!!;)

9. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

By the way my routine has not yet been approved by any officially recognised medical organisation.

10. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

Get a little drunk in the pubs, bars a few hours before you fly.

On several occasions I have seen drunken passangers being refused boarding, tickets torn into pieces and guys grounded to the floor by the airport security when they tried to be agressive.