Can Flying Effect Your Body?
The view from an airplane window seat.

Can Flying Effect Your Body?

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Traveling is great for your mental health, but it can come with some consequences.

Booking flights will bring you to places where you can reflect and take you on a journey that can open your mind a little bit. Besides, it’s always a great idea to take some time out of your comfort zone. Unfortunately, paradise can pour some rain. When you are flying, it can effect your – whether or not you feel it. We know, it’s not ideal – especially for all those travel lovers out there. Though, when you are in economy class you would understand the back pain you will feel after you have traveled to the other side of the world. So it’s not surprising to say, that with traveling comes some health risks.


Long flights are atrocious, but being seated for numerous hours can take a toll. Many people recommend to get up every 2-3 hours to get your blood flow going as you fly. If not, it can lead to blood clots in your leg which is called, thrombosis. In a rare case scenario, this can lead to clogging your lungs. However, to decrease the risk – take a walk. With the little space, you have on a flight try pumping your legs or change position, if can. Blood clots can become a long-term issue.


Unfortunately, being up in the air can lead to symptoms of the flu. A low immune system can lead to gathering up germs re-circulating through the cabin. Plus, when you’re up in the air you’re most likely to get dehydrated and more tired than usual. In order to keep yourself from getting any sickness, drink a lot of fluids – not alcohol- but water. Take some vitamins before you take off to boost your system. Also, a small hand sanitizer can do you some good. Washing your hands regularly can help prevent any germs you may come into contact with while you’re on board.


Sadly, this is a factor. But it’s very rare. When you fly more than 30k into the air you get exposed to radiation. The atmosphere is thinner and the risk of radiation is higher. Fortunately, it comes in small doses – but it does build up if you become a frequent flier. A person may be prone more to receiving cancer or chronic illness. Again, this happens in small doses and generally doesn’t need any worrying.

Before getting on a plane, make sure you’re 100% ready. Eat a good meal, drink enough fluids and take some vitamins. The better the immune system, the more you will get off the plane feeling ready to take on the world.