Foods to Defy the Post-Flight Dehydration

It’s officially Summer and most people are gearing up for their vacations.

For many, that will include air travel, and possibly a long haul flight. 

You know the drill: they give you some crackers, the drink cart makes a couple of rounds, if you are lucky they bring you a sad little tray of airplane food and then before you know it, it’s wheels down.

Your flight attendant hands you a moist towlette and you hope it’ll revive your dried skin and make you look a little less haggard but it does not help, and you reprimand yourself for not drinking more water.

But drinking water on a plane is a double-edged sword; if you don’t your skin dries up; if you do, your lower body retains the liquid.

So what’s a non-ankle-swell-enthusiast to do?

Here are some tips on how to fight post-flight dehydration with foods!

1.    Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods there are, it’s a great alternative to plane snacks which have large amounts of sodium, which in turn make you more dehydrated.

Pack thick slices in a large plastic baggie and take them in your handbag, they most likely won’t be taken away at the Airport Security Screening and it will help you avoid the salty snacks.

2.    Cucumbers

Cucumbers are about 96 percent water.

They also contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are high in Vitamin B6 which helps in the production of serotonin - the brain chemical that controls mood.

You can slice or cube them and bring them along in a baggie or small container.

You can even make small cucumber-watermelon bites, they are pretty delicious!

3.    Strawberries

When the airplane cookies come around say ‘no thank you’ and reach for some strawberries instead!

Strawberries have the highest water content of any berry - 92 percent.

You can enjoy the tart-sweet flavor without consuming too much sugar.

4.    Coconut Water

Coconut water is low in calories and high in naturally occurring hydration replenishing electrolytes, which regular water does not contain.

It’s a better option than sports drinks which have artificial flavors and more calories.

After you have gone through security grab a bottle of coconut water from any of the airport mini-marts.

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