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Oct 11

Learn How To Cure Jet Lag

How To Cure Jet Lag (courtesy of HealthyAirTravel.com)

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Traveler’s Defense Healthy Travel Tip Of The Week! This week’s healthy travel topic – How To Avoid Jet Lag. Let’s take a closer look at how the stresses of flying are affecting your body, and what you can do to prevent the symptoms of jet lag.

To truly understand jet lag, let’s take a look at how it’s actually affecting your body. The human body operates on what is called a Circadian Rhythm, otherwise known as your biological clock. This natural rhythm is synchronized with your local time zone, and tells your body when to wake up in the morning, and when it’s time to go to sleep again at night. In addition to controlling your sleep and wake cycles, these rhythms also affect your hunger, digestion, bowel habits, urine production, temperature and blood pressure. As you can see, these rhythms are essential in maintaining optimal health.

The body’s circadian rhythm actually operates on a 25-hour cycle, which is why it’s much easier to stay up an hour later, but so much more difficult to get to bed an hour earlier. This results in a more severe jet lag effect when traveling west to east.

Now that you understand what’s causing jet lag, let’s take a look at some of the best methods for prevention.

Since your body’s natural clock is synchronized to its local time, you can begin to prepare yourself in advance, by not hitting that snooze button in the morning. Starting your day slightly earlier each day, a few days before you travel, will better prepare you to adjust to a new time zone at your final destination.

Once you have made it to your destination, one of the best ways to induce a natural sleep is with the use of an over-the-counter supplement, such as melatonin. By telling your body when it should be going to sleep each night with a dietary supplement, you will find yourself acclimated much faster, and with plenty of energy to take on the day when you wake up.

Let’s not forget the cardinal rule of hydration. Drink, drink, and then keep on drinking! Healthy hydration levels is the best way to keep your body in peak shape to fend off these feelings of fatigue and weakness brought on by jet lag. That said, try your best to stay away from drinking liquids like caffeine or alcohol, that further dehydrate your body. Although you may think you need that last boost of energy to get something done on the flight, or you just want to lay back and enjoy a few drinks, the long term affects definitely outweigh the short term benefits, when it comes to this.

From all of us at Travelers Defense, thanks for watching! If you’d like to learn more about this topic, come visit us at www.HealthyAirTravel.com.

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