If you are going to face a flight with children that lasts for several hours, it will inevitably coincide with one of the daily meals. However, some of the effects that air travel has on our body make it necessary for us to consider various guidelines when choosing the right foods.
How can an airplane journey affect us physiologically?
The constant renewal of the air in the cabin causes excessively low humidity levels, even lower than those found in desert areas. This fact increases the probability of contracting respiratory infections and even skin irritations. And, at the very least, it will cause more dryness in the mucous membranes and skin.
The loss of water favors, on the other hand, constipation. Due to the number of hours that we sit, digestion and intestinal movements slow down, which aggravates this difficulty for the digestive system's proper functioning. This phenomenon is not limited exclusively to displacement, but it can accompany us more or less days after reaching our destination, depending on the time elapsed during it.
What foods are more suitable on a flight with children?
Regarding the choice of the most suitable type of food during a flight with children, the nutritionists give us a series of tips to take into account.
First, establish a red line when ingesting the following preparations:
Do not eat large meals
Avoid fat at all costs
Avoid flatulent foods
Do not drink carbonated drinks
No processed desserts
On the contrary, a series of healthy foods are recommended that, consumed in moderate quantities, can minimize the negative effects of air travel :
1. To help promote intestinal transit, fruit, yogurt, vegetables, seeds, and whole grains rich in fiber are very interesting options.
2. The consumption of steamed, baked, marinated, or pickled preparations is also recommended, and vegetable fats leave animal fats aside.
4. Make use of foods rich in magnesium such as sesame seeds, chia, poppy, or walnuts, as "they promote rest, reduce stress and avoid muscle tension typical of long-duration flights."
5. And, above all, it is essential to hydrate well, not only with water but also with fruits, vegetables or juices.