Today I'm going to be talking about how to recover from jet lag naturally. If you ever traveled overseas or across multiple time zones, you probably know what I'm talking about because you’ve experienced jet lag. And, let me tell you, jet lag is definitely real. In this video, I'm also going to give you a free downloadable health guide which will really help you out. It contains lots of helpful information for you and your family, including natural remedies and ways that you could improve your lives today.
Either read the transcription or watch the video below to learn the best ways to get rid of jet lag!
8 Tips to Beat Jet Lag
Length: 8 minutes
What Is Jet Lag?
Jet lag is a real condition. Thankfully, though, it is only temporary. Jet lag is known medically as desynchronosis. I know that's a weird sounding terminology, but it's when your body goes out of sync with the natural circadian rhythms; the zones that you cross confuse your body into experiencing the night-day reactions that you would normally go through. Your body gets used to living in these circadian rhythms or these zones. When you travel — especially overseas — how many time zones you travel across determines how much you may or may not suffer from jet lag.
Normally, jet lag lasts for about three to five days depending on how far you travel.
Top Jet Lag Symptoms
Some of the most common symptoms of jet lag include:
- Extreme fatigue during the day
- Feeling disoriented
- Feeling drowsy
Another symptom is constipation. Most people who travel more than four to six hours experience constipation or some sort of temporary bowel disorder when they arrive.
Dehydration is also a really big symptom of jet lag — and early waking! Waking up in the middle of the night or what you would consider the middle of the night being like three o'clock in the morning. Also, people experience excessive sleepiness.
My Jet Lag Experience
I've tried a lot of ways to balance. I've been traveling overseas a lot, and I've been having different experiences and trying different things. Today, I'm going to share some of the things that are working really well for me.
My quest for a solution to jet lag started a couple of years ago after my family and I took a trip to Athens, Greece, from Houston. It started in Houston when our plane was delayed. Whenever your plane gets delayed, you start stressing out and go into a sympathetic state. We were stressed since we had a connecting flight to Greece.
When we finally got on the plane, none of us could really sleep. Our stress levels were still high. I was eating bad food because we were killing time, and I wasn't drinking enough water. It was a disaster.
We finally arrived at our secondary location, then we got on the plane — our last leg — to go to Greece. However, there were mechanical issues.
Everything that could have gone wrong on that trip went wrong, and that wasn't the end of it.
For five days after that, none of us could sleep. We had severe jet lag. We were waking up between two and three in the morning every single night and were just not balanced. It was not a good experience at all because when you're traveling somewhere you want to have a good time and feel rested and balanced.
So that was when I started my quest of how can we make things better when we travel, and how can we not have jet lag.
Best Natural Remedies to Reduce Jet Lag
When you’re experiencing jet lag, there are some things you're just going to have to deal with. However, natural remedies can help reduce your symptoms. Below are my favorite ways to kick jet lag to the curb!
My first recommendation if you're going to be traveling, is to drink lots of water. Stay hydrated! Your body needs a lot more water when you travel.
My second tip is intermittent fasting. I've tried this after that experience on my last three or four flights overseas. I reduced the amount of food that I was eating, and I did not eat the food on the airplane. I intermittently fast because Harvard Medical School came out with a study that said if you're not eating at all while you're on your way to your destination it could help you reset your time clock. I’ve tried it and it actually does work. The less food that you have in your stomach, the better you're going to be when you arrive, and the more energetic you're going to feel.
Most people, when they travel, forget about being healthy. They forget about having a healthy diet, and they just eat, eat, eat, and drink, drink, drink. If you're going to be flying, try to resist the urge to eat a lot, do some intermittent fasting, and drink lots of water.
The next tip I have that I've learned is to try not to drink alcohol while you're on your flight or at least six hours before your flight because alcohol will dehydrate you. Alcohol is an endocrine-disrupting chemical, and it disrupts your circadian rhythms. So, you're going to be better off in the long run if you don't drink alcohol until you recover and your circadian rhythms are balanced again once you arrive at your destination.
The next tip is to avoid salty food prior to flying — at least two days before you fly. The reason I say that is salt retains water, and who wants to have digestive issues and pain and all the other stuff by not being able to go to the bathroom. So, avoid as much salt or as many salty foods before you travel. Avoid sugary drinks, and especially artificial sweeteners and diet drinks.
I also like to take melatonin on the plane, so take a good melatonin supplement — around five milligrams — and try to sleep on the plane. That really helps me out a lot. Also, I've learned to bring an eye mask with me on the plane.
One thing that I love to do is to exercise and stretch on the plane. It's so good to just get up, walk around. Try to stretch a little bit or do some squats. Anything you can possibly do to move and get your blood flowing on the plane is going to be excellent when you get to your location! These are all just preventative measures to help prevent jet lag.
What Should I Do Once I Reach My Destination?
There are so many ways you can get back to feeling balanced once you’ve reached your destination. Below are some of my favorite techniques.
What I really love to do is to take Oxy-Powder® whenever I get to my location finally and I go to bed for that first night. I take between four to six Oxy-Powder capsules. That really helps re-oxygenate my body and when I get up in the morning anything I have in my digestive system is flushed out so I can start anew. I also feel my gut health giving me energy, and I don't have any type of food stuck in my intestinal tract.
Something else I’ve learned by reading a lot on jet lag is that you should spend time in the sun as soon as possible. If you're on vacation, bake in the sun. The sun is incredible for putting your body back into a normal circadian rhythm. So, sun, fun, and a gallon of water a day keeps jet lag away!
Points to Remember
Traveling can be exhausting, and adding jet lag into the mix can make it even harder. Try natural remedies like intermittent fasting, drinking plenty of water, and staying away from salty and sugary foods to ease jet lag symptoms.
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.