What food is good for JET LAG




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JET LAG

FOODS THAT HEAL

  • Water
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Watermelon
  • Grapes
  • Papaya

    FOODS TO LIMIT

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

    WHO’S AFFECTED

  • Anyone who crosses two or more time zones can suffer the effects of jet lag
    Jet lag occurs when your body’s internal clock becomes disrupted after you cross time zones
    It causes fatigue, insomnia, “brain fog,” and even constipation or diarrhea in some people
    By adjusting your diet ahead of time through a series of feasting and fasting, you can trick your body to be on the right time

    Nutrition Connection

    Lose the booze
    Eschew alcoholic drinks the day before your flight, during the flight, and the day after the flight
    Alcohol can dehydrate you and also disrupts your sleeping schedule
    Ditch the caffeine
    As with alcohol, caffeine dehydrates you and disrupts sleep, plus it can put nervous fliers even more on edge
    Don’t drink caffeinated beverages the day before, during the flight, or just after your flight
    Eat your water
    In addition to drinking lots of water, bring watery fruits and vegetables, such as cucumbers, celery, watermelon, grapes, and papaya, as snacks
    Alternate fasting and feasting
    The late Charles F
    Ehret, PhD, who was a senior scientist and circadian rhythm expert at the Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois, developed a 4-day anti–jet lag diet that featured alternating days of feasting and fasting
    That diet was tested in 2002 on 186 National Guard personnel who were deployed nine time zones away
    Of the volunteers, 134 used the diet and 52 did not
    The dieters had significantly less jet lag than the nondieters

    Beyond the Diet

    Ease the symptoms of jet lag with these guidelines: Prepare in advance
    If your trip will last longer than a few days, start to adjust your body clock to the new time zone before you leave

    QUICK TIP:

    Try melatonin A 2005 MIT study suggests that taking a dose of 0.3 mg to 5 mg can ease jet lag for people crossing five or more time zones
    Harness the sun
    Sunlight helps you reset your body clock when you’ve reached your destination
    Take an air stroll
    Make sure to walk around the plane every hour or so and jiggle your legs frequently
    Stretch your body as often as you can