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Tips on How to Improve Flying Experience

Try to stay awake on your return flight and take a vitamin C supplement to avoid jet lag.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:August 9, 2017, 2:05 PM IST
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Tips on How to Improve Flying Experience
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To combat gas and bloating in-flight, avoid greasy foods, dairy products and carbs. To minimize jet lag, try to stay awake on your return flight and take a vitamin C supplement.

Those are among some of the recommendations from US talk show host Dr Mehmet Oz, who collaborated with Turkish Airlines for a "Fly Good Feel Good" project that aims to help improve the flying experience.

To launch the partnership, Oz boarded a flight from Istanbul to New York over the weekend, offering tips and recommendations to the flight's 300 passengers over the in-flight entertainment system.

Content from the flight will also be shown on his show "The Dr Oz Show."

Here are a few of his tips:

Jet lag

- When possible, try to book your arrival time during daylight hours.

- The day before your flight, set your watch to the local time of your destination.

- If you're traveling eastbound, try to condition your body clock by waking up earlier for a few days before your flight. If you're traveling west, go to bed a little later and sleep a little longer in the mornings.

- Eat light on the plane.

- Avoid caffeine, carbonated drinks and alcohol in-flight.

- Take a vitamin C supplement.

- Try to stay awake on your return flight and resist sleep when you arrive. Keep your normal bedtime routine.

- Once home, try a herbal tea to help with sleep.

- Avoid caffeine a minimum of five hours before going to bed.

Gas and bloating

- The list of foods to avoid is long if you want to avoid bloating in-flight. Here they are: Carbs, salty foods, fruits, legumes and vegetables which are known to cause gas e.g., broccoli, beans, lentils cabbage, dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt, carbonated drinks, oily foods.

- Walk around the airport while waiting for your flight.

- Eat and drink slowly. Air enters the digestive system every time your swallow. Swallowing too much air can cause bloating.

- Try to take a walk every two hours.

Traveling with children

- Oz recommends waiting until your baby is at least one month old before flying.

- Try booking seats at the front of the aircraft. The reasoning? Boarding your flight last and deplaning first keeps the time you're onboard the aircraft to a minimum.

- Try to coordinate your flight time with your child's normal sleeping hours to ensure a smooth journey.

- Dress your kids in loose, comfortable clothing, and keep them hydrated throughout the flight.
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