As we gear up for our summer vacations, many of us will experience the dehydrating effects of air travel. Today’s flights include a quick visit from the beverage cart, occasionally accompanied by a pack of peanuts or crackers. Undercover Agents know the Golden Rule: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Yet, drinking water on a plane is a double-edged sword; if you do not drink enough the epidermis dries significantly; if you drink too much, though, he lower body retains too much liquid. So what’s a non-ankle-swell-enthusiast to do? Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, an anti-aging expert and long time health advisor to the New York Rangers, shares how to fight flight-induced dehydration with foods!
Watermelon “Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods there are,” says Dr. Calapai “It’s a great alternative to plane snacks which have large amounts of sodium, which in turn make you more dehydrated.” Pack big thick slices in a large plastic baggies and take them in your carry-on. They will not be relinquished at the TSA checkpoint and will help you avoid salty snac.
Cucumbers Cucumbers are about 96 percent water and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. According to Dr. Calapai, they are also high in Vitamin B6, “which helps in the production of serotonin which is the brain chemical that controls mood,” he shares. Sliced or cubed they are also TSA-approved. Dr. Calapai suggests preparing small cucumber-watermelon bites, as they make delicious snacks
Strawberries When the airplane cookies come around say ‘no thanks’ and reach for some strawberries instead! “Strawberries have the highest water content of any berry, 92 percent to be exact,” shares Calapai “You can enjoy the tart-sweet flavor without consuming too much sugar.”
Soup If you are the type of person who needs an actual meal to feel satisfied, Dr. Calapai recommends bring along a low-sodium Cup of Noodles carton. It, too, is not TSA-restricted. Simply ask the flight attendant for some boiling water and allow time for the mixture to reconstitute.
Coconut Water You cannot totally avoid drinking liquids, but this one may only be found inside of the terminal. “Coconut water is low in calories and high in naturally occurring hydration replenishing electrolytes, which regular water does not contain,” advises Dr. Calapai. “It’s a better option than sports drinks which have artificial flavors and more calories.” Simply allow for some extra time and hit the mini-mart after passing through security.