“I am a frequent traveller and have just been on a return long haul flight trip where I used the opportunity to test Uppy! There was a remarkable difference from the first flight ( without Uppy!) and the return flight where I took Uppy right after takeoff! . After the first flight, I was quite dehydrated and needed to get quite a lot of water to rebalance the hydration balance. After taking Uppy! that problem was gone. On both flights I did not drink any coffee nor alcohol to be sure of getting comparable results from this little experiment.
I have gathered some information below that back the medical advise to take Uppy!. On top of the discomfort when getting dehydrated, there can be added risks for quite a few of us
Blood clots, also called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), can be a serious risk for some long-distance travelers. Most information about blood clots and long-distance travel comes from information that has been gathered about air travel. However, anyone traveling more than four hours, whether by air, car, bus, or train, can be at risk for blood clots.
Dehydration. This is a condition in which your body doesn’t have enough fluids. This condition causes your blood vessels to narrow and your blood to thicken, which raises your risk for blood clots. (DVT)
About 1 in 20 caucasians suffer from Factor V Leiden which causes a higher risk of clotting and DVT. Studies have found that about 5 percent of Caucasians in North America have factor V Leiden.
I also found that 70% of DVT may hit persons that do NOT have Factor V Leiden. My interpretation is that everyone should stay well hydrated when travelling by air.”
Micael Keating, frequent traveller and ex pilot