Jet Lag Natural Remedies

by L. L. Smith

For those of us that are fortunate enough to travel, jet lag can pose a big problem. It generally takes one whole day to recover from air travel when you pass through even one time zone.

Two days for two time zones, etc. Going east to west is easier on your body than west to east.

If you are flying east, fly early; when heading west, fly late. It seems best to plan to arrive at your destination in the evening. Here are some natural remedies that might help the next time you fly.

Alcohol is one of the most powerful dehydrators there is. And, just flying on an airplane is dehydrating. And, dehydration will make your jet lag worse! Do not drink any alcoholic beverages while airborne.

Try water and juice, as much as possible. I know - lots of visits to the lavatory. Well, walking up and down the aisles will help refresh and prepare you for your new time zone.

A couple of days before flying, try ginkgo-hawthorn tincture, following the dosage on the label.

Try melatonin - take 1/2 to 1 mg of melatonin right before boarding the plane. Ask your doctor to be sure, since people with high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease should not take melatonin.

If possible, as soon as your board the plane, set your clock and mind to your arriving destination time.

For instance, if you board the plane at 7 pm in New York headed for London, where it is 1 am, try to get some sleep immediately.

If you are flying late that night and it is already daylight at your destination, try to stay awake during the flight.

Anti-Jet Lag Diet:

U. S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory developed this diet to help air travelers quickly adjust their bodies' internal clocks to new time zones. Start this program three days before departure day.

Day One: Eat a high protein breakfast and lunch, then a high carbohydrate dinner (no meat). You can drink coffee only between 3 pm and 5 pm.

Day Two: Light meals all day, salads, light soups, fruit and juices. Coffee again only between 3 pm and 5 pm.

Day Three: Repeat day one.

Day Four: Departure. If you must, have your caffeinated beverage in the morning in traveling west, or between 6 pm and 11 pm if traveling east.

Have fruit and juice until your first meal. Time your first meal to coincide with breakfast time at your destination.

Sleep on the plane until your destination's normal breakfast time, NO later (this is important). When you awake, eat a big, high protein breakfast.

Stay awake and active. If you continue the day's meals according to mealtimes at your destination, you should be in sync when you arrive.

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