Air Stewardess: 5 Quiet Struggles Of Frequent Flying

Being an air stewardess may seem all glamorous but did you know our kebaya girl is silently suffering from an array of health problems? Here are the common five.

1. GASp! Feeling gassy all the time.

Gut always feeling “out of space”? It is scientifically proven that gas in bodily cavities expands at high altitudes, be sure to stay away from the Sorbitol and this list of things for obvious reasons. Pressurized plane cabins already promote bloating but greasy, saturated, deep fried dishes are a complete NO. But surprise!

Healthy food items like cauliflower, cabbage, beans, lentils and onions can also make you feel like a shaken Coca Cola can. They are rich in sodium and may increase the chances of suffering from poor blood circulation and water retention.

2. Traveler’s Thrombosis

Being in cramped conditions for an extensive period is not only uncomfortable, but it encourages blood clots to form, usually in your legs before travelling through your lungs causing pulmonary embolism also known as Traveler’s Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Those who suffer from DVT swears by these preventive measurements: Review your medications, track your family history and get sweaty. Exercise for at least half an hour a day, three times a week to stay fit and healthy!


3. The Jet-Lag Is Strong With This One

Some people, with pride, say that they never get jet lag. We say that they haven’t gotten it served to them just yet. Short-term irritations from jet lag lead to obvious fatigue, loss of concentration and mood swings. And hello, insomnia.

Some tips and tricks – Be well rested before you leave home, look into intermittent fasting for your meal intakes, use flight time to rest and reset, stay awake until local bedtime upon arrival or keep some Melatonin handy by your side (but this is the last resort!)

4. Hey Cosmic Ray

A sneaky menace thousands of feet from the ground? Cosmic radiation. With speed and energy going at insane speed, it’s not abnormal that cosmic rays may penetrate human flesh. Damaged tissues and DNA have been associated with cancer and reproductive issues.

Some tips to minimize the harmful effects of travel radiation? Pop your antioxidants (like berries or matcha) before and during your flights, strive to book for night flights and take a long hot bath with Epsom salt when you get to your accommodation!

5. The Thirst Is Real

We are made up of 75 percent, and most of us do not even meet the bare minimum of water intake. Dehydration is the most punishing effect of flying. Our bodies are usually comfortable at approximately 50 percent humidity, but the cabin’s humidity can be hit as low as 10 percent.

Don’t be dry, up your body’s water supply. Did you know that you lose approximately 2 litres of bodily water when you fly an average of 10 hours straight? Time to put a timer for every hour for at least 250ml of water – Don’t medicate, hydrate!