How to Not Get Sick on Vacation
We asked experts for their secrets to coming back from a trip feeling refreshed, not flu-ish.
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Take Magnesium Before Bed
Roughly 48 percent of women ages 31 to 50 don't get enough magnesium in their diet, and low levels of the mineral can increase the likelihood of muscle cramping, migraines and irritability, all of which can keep you up at night. "Magnesium acts as a natural relaxant," says Tieraona Low Dog, MD, former clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Arizona. "Taking 400 milligrams of magnesium citrate for the first two nights of travel may not only help you fall asleep, it also acts as a laxative by pulling water into the intestine." This is key because a change in time zones, sleep patterns and diet while on vacation can lead to sluggish bowels and bloating.