What is Jet Lag?
Long ago, before intercontinental flights across many time zones, the human body developed an internal clock that coordinated biological functions with the transitions of the environment. The cycles in our body—including appetite, sleep, and moods—follow the rising and setting of the sun and other progressions within our universe. These cycles, known as the circadian rhythm, will want to maintain their present course when one travels across time zones. When the body’s internal clock becomes incongruous with the environment because of this travel, a person may experience jet lag. A person suffering from jet lag may feel fatigue or light-headedness, develop cognitive issues, such as a loss of short-term memory, experience diarrhea or constipation, or experience a disruption in sleep.
How can I treat Jet Lag?
Traditional Chinese medicine treats jet lag by restoring energy flow and returning the body back to its circadian rhythm. Along with acupuncture and herbal therapy, this is accomplished by eating foods high in B-vitamins, including broccoli, beets, bananas, strawberries, eggs, brewer’s yeast, and mung beans, as well as foods high in tryptophan including nuts and fish. It is also important for the jet lag sufferer to get as much natural light as possible, and other remedies include taking an Epsom salt bath before bedtime and drinking two drops of rosemary oil in one cup of warm water two hours before bedtime. It is also important to remain physically active several days before travel.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Jet Lag?
In recovering from jet lag, it is important to avoid cold raw foods, greasy foods, fatty foods, spicy foods, dairy products, alcohol, coffee, and other sources of caffeine.
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