Taking a break from work and life to travel is a great way to let your mind and body recuperate, but if you’re taking a long-haul flight to reach your destination then you should know the potential health risks you face from flying.

A recent infographic issued by Citybase Apartments shows what exactly happens to your body during a flight and the measures you can take before jetting off to minimize the effects. Bloating, the common cold, an irregular heartbeat, and an increased risk of tooth decay are just some of the ailments you should prepare for before your next flight.

For starters, alcohol is huge no-no. The atmosphere in a plane’s cabin naturally dehydrates your body and alcohol only makes it worse. Alcohol and other stimulants like coffee can also cause travelers, especially people with high blood pressure, to suffer from cardiac arrhythmia or an irregular heartbeat. Drink lots of fluids and lay off the booze until you land.

The infographic also recommends getting up and stretching from time to time to stop fluid from building up in your feet and ankles. This is especially important if you’re overweight. Sitting in the same position for hours increases the risk of clots forming in your legs and possibly causing deep vein thrombosis, which can be deadly.

You should also stock on some vitamin C because according to the infographic, you’re 100 times more likely to pick up a cold during a flight. Airplane cabins are virtually moisture-free, making them the perfect environment for spreading diseases.

Check out the full infographic below and make sure to properly prepare yourself before your next trip!

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