A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Jet Lag
I had a question the other day about jet lag.
Jet lag happens when you fly across one or more time zones.
Most people need to cross three time zones to notice jet lag.
The more time zones you cross, the worse jet lag may be.
Jet lag can happen to anyone.
Your age, fitness, health, and how often you fly don’t make a difference in whether you get it.
Jet lag is usually worse when you fly east rather than west.
In other words, it’ll be worse when you go from the United States to Europe than from Europe to the U.S.
Jet lag makes you feel bad, but it isn’t serious.
Jet lag may make it hard for you to fall asleep, stay asleep, or stay awake during the day.
You may feel weak, or you may lose your appetite.
You may not be able to have a bowel movement (constipation), or you may have diarrhea.
When you fly east, the number of days it takes to recover from jet lag will be about two-thirds the number of time zones you cross.
For example, if you cross six time zones, it will take you about 4 days to get back to normal.
When you fly west, the number of days to recover equals about half the number of time zones.
So if you cross six time zones, it will take you 3 days to recover.
Crossing time zones disrupts your body’s “biological clock” or 24-hour rhythms.
You have symptoms because your biological clock has not adjusted to the new time zone.
Your body thinks you’re still in your old time zone.
The symptoms of jet lag take a few days to go away.
To deal with jet lag it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins (whether thirsty or not).
*Increase life-giving, enzyme- and nutrient-rich, fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic whenever possible); consider juicing.
*Ensure optimal, quality protein intake.
*Consider a liver cleanse.
*Relax, eat slowly, chew well, appreciate your food.
*Rebalance intestinal microflora (see my post on Candida).
*Exercise, increase deep breathing and relaxation techniques.
*Research herbs, homeopathy, energy medicine, etc.
*Investigate possible triggers/sensitivities (environmental and/or food).
*Eliminate processed, instant, sugar-laden, chemical-laden, hydrogenated fats, trans fats, lifeless foods.
*Understand any side-effects of any medications.
*Drink Performance and take alfalfa every 1-2 hours of travel to maintain nutrient/electrolyte levels.
*Research the concept of “grounding”; connect to Mother Earth’s energy, vibration, gridlines when arriving at your destination; consider sitting or walking barefoot on some grass or sand for 5-10 minutes, or if possible spend some time in a lake/ocean. This is a fascinating topic to research; keep an open mind.