Millions of us are going to be flying somewhere this holiday season.
We’re going to pack our travel-sized hand sanitizer.
We’re going to pack extra layers.
And do our darndest to stay healthy for the holidays.
But pesky travel germs are hiding in surprising places in your local airport… and I’m not just talking about the infamous public restroom.
A European study took to the skies and sent out teams to swab surfaces all about an airport.
The researchers wanted to know… Where are the bugs really?
And here’s what they found:
- The #1 germiest spot award goes to … plastic security bins. Yep. Those pesky gray bins hold a lot more than shoes and laptops. They’re hotbeds for infectious germs!
- Passport checking counters were next on the infectious germ list.
- Credit card readers, railings, and kids’ play areas also made the “most gross” list.
Basically, anything in the airport that gets handled often by dirty paws is teeming with germs.
If you think about it, most of us have got hand washing in the bathroom down to a science. Not much chance of unchecked germs in there.
But we’re touching everything else in the airport—all the time! And we aren’t washing our hands afterward, either.
The most pervasive bugs found in the airport swab tests were the common cold and the flu. No wonder we get sick when we travel…
So what do you do if you want to stay healthy?
First, take care to boost your immune system before, during, and after travel. Vitamins and proper nutrition go a long way to keeping your immunity cranking.
Next, sleep more than enough. And then sleep some more.
Sure, the holidays can be stressful, but sleep deprivation is the main stressor that runs your defenses into the ground. (Not your in laws – sorry Karen).
Remember to hydrate like crazy (and choose an aisle seat if you can for in-flight bathroom access). Proper hydration keeps your immunity in tip-top shape.
And I know ‘tis the season of sugar cookies and mashed potatoes.
But if you focus on getting some raw veggies and greens in every day, your body will be far more forgiving on the holiday eating.
There’s no place like home for the holidays. But let’s make sure we spend that time enjoying our friends and families…
Not stuck in bed.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance