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Boost Your Water With These Hydration Hacks for Frequent Flyers
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Boost Your Water With These Hydration Hacks for Frequent Flyers

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Wellness Editor
Updated: 22 November 2017

Frequent flyers know shunning coffee and alcohol on flights in favor of drinking plenty of water is the smart choice, but what if you could make the benefits of H2O even more pronounced by stirring in natural boosters? These powerful additions aid jet lag and help keep your complexion dewy, plus a whole lot more.

Demulcent herbs

If you’ve never heard of them before, demulcents contain anti-inflammatory, H2O-rich mucilage—a gelatinous substance which soothes and calms your digestive system. A tablespoon of powdered demulcent herbs like marshmallow root, slippery elm, or licorice in the bottom of your water bottle will help hydrate and de-bloat you while in the air.

Powdered greens

Dissolve a sachet of nutrient-rich powdered greens in water for a quick hit of anti-oxidants that will boost your immunity. It could help you fend off germs in the cabin (choosing your seat wisely can aid this too), and ensures you get your daily fill of leafy greens, because let’s face it, in-flight meals aren’t famous for being nourishing or nutritionally balanced.

Electrolytes

You should be packing electrolytes when you go abroad, in case you get sick (or, in the more likely scenario, have a hangover), but there’s one brand that’s especially handy when you need to hydrate quickly and thoroughly. Liquid I.V. is an electrolyte mix sold in carry-on friendly packets, and developed with Cellular Transport Technology—an innovation that makes water more effective, so that one glass becomes as hydrating as three bottles. Perfect if you don’t want to be getting up to use the plane bathroom every hour.

Adaptogens

These herb and mushroom extracts are all the rage right now in the wellness world, thanks to their ability to support the adrenals—the glands that govern your hormonal response to stress and fatigue. Moon Juice’s Sleep Dust supplement is formulated with superherbs and chamomile flower to help you chill out, power down, and get some essential shut-eye on your flight.

Rosemary Oil

Go the aromatherapy route and add a couple of drops of rosemary oil to your water bottle. It’s said to boost circulation, reduce nausea, and aid respiratory issues, making it a great supplement for long haul flights.