Does it often seem like after you’ve taken a vacation, you need to take another vacation for a vacation recovery? You’re not alone.
Yes, research shows that taking a break from the daily hustle and bustle can help you live longer. The Helsinki Businessmen Study showed that even those men who improved their lifestyle had a higher mortality rate if they cut their vacations short.
But, getting sick after vacation is such a common occurrence than the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even has a special section of their website devoted to this outcome.
6 Reasons Why You Get Sick on Vacation or When You Get Home
Getting sick after vacation is so common that a 2002 study dubbed such an occurrence “leisure sickness.” While the study did not show a link between lifestyle factors or leisure activities, common risk factors were identified, including “high workload and person characteristics, namely, the inability to adapt to the nonworking situation, a high need for achievement, and a high sense of responsibility with respect to work.”
Beyond the universe trying to tell you to stay on vacation permanently, there are a variety of scientific factors that contribute to these post-vacation blues, including:
While the number of germs on an airplane are likely to make you cringe, the real culprit of airplane-borne illness is the low humidity. Low humidity dries out the nasal passages, irritating your throat and nose, making it more difficult for your body to fight off all that bacteria.
Thanks to the advent of rapid travel – like transcontinental flights – it’s easy for germs to quickly spread throughout the globe. When you’re in a crowded space, like an airport or a city, you’re likely to be surrounded by germs. And, many of those germs may be new to you. This means your immune system isn't used to them and may not be as equipped to handle them.
3. Lake of Sleep
Let’s be honest, traveling is tiring. Even if you sleep on the train, in the plane or during your road trip, it’s not nearly the restful night you’re used to. Furthermore, there’s a strong likelihood that you were straining and stressing before your trip in order to go on vacation.
This means that before you even leave, you’re sleep-deprived. And as we’ve seen, sleep deprivation has a significant impact on our immune system.
Many of us like to have a cocktail (or a few) when we’re on vacation. However, alcohol and a lot of the sugars often included in drinks can diminish our immune system. Alcohol can make it hard to get a good night’s sleep. And, when on the off chance your over-imbibe, it can leave you severely dehydrated and nutrient deficient.
5. Changes in Temperature
While your great-grandma might have warned you against catching a cold on a cold winter’s day, it’s really the changes in temperature that’ll get you. Suddenly immersing yourself in a new climate can confuse your body and make you more susceptible to illness.
6. Lack of Nutrients
Is a good vacation all about amazing food? You’re not alone. For many of us, one of the top reasons to get out of town is to try new cuisines and indulge in comfort foods. Unfortunately, many of the items we gravitate towards tend to be calorie-dense and nutrient-deficient. (Hello French fries!)
This kind of poor nutritional diet puts a strain on your immune system and can cause you to get sick.
7 Ways to Make Vacation Recovery Easier (while you're on vacation and after)
1. Stay Hydrated
Hands down, one of the most important things you can do for your overall health is drink water. It helps you avoid bloating. It can keep your appetite in check. It can reduce cravings. And, it can help boost your immune system.
2. Wash Your Hands
While washing your hands sounds simple, it’s often overlooked. When you’re in really crowded places, such a buss or sporting arena, the chance of encountering an excess of germs is substantially higher. By washing your hands frequently, you can reduce the number of germs that wind up inside your body.
3. Get Plenty of Rest
Making a good night’s sleep before, during, and after vacation can substantially reduce the stress placed on your body and help keep your immune system in tip-top shape. This can help you fight off any illness. Plus, when you’re well-rested, you’re likely to have more fun.
4. Alternate Cocktails and Water
If a cocktail is a priority for you, we’re not ones to judge. But look for ways to reign it in. One good way is to alternate between a glass of water and a cocktail. This helps you stay hydrated and helps cut down on the overall amount of alcohol you consume.
5. Eat Your Veggies
We’re not going to suggest you never have tacos in Mexico or pasta in Italy. But, try to make sure you are also getting your veggies. Plan out the meals where you intend to indulge. Or better yet, start each meal with a hearty salad to ensure you get some greens before you load up on heavy carbs.
6. B12 Injections
B12 plays a crucial role in a healthy immune system. Unfortunately, when you’re playing hard and eating poorly, it’s easy for your body to become B12 deficient. A B12 injection helps quick restore your body to its optimal levels to give your immune system a boost.
7. IV Drip Therapy
An IV vitamin drip delivers a full dose of the nutrients and minerals your body needs directly to your bloodstream. This allows you to bypass your digestive tracts, which can be woefully inefficient at processing food consumed orally — helping replenish your body’s depleted stores almost immediately.
Start Feeling Better
Ready for a quick boost to your immune system? Don’t suffer through a slow vacation recover. Contact Tru Health to schedule your consultation and get a B12 injection or IV Drip cocktail immediately.
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