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Guys, Here's How to Combat Jet Lag

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Travel can be rough on the body. We’ve all felt the effects of a long overnight flight, or a seven hour time change: fatigue, insomnia, digestive upsets, and headaches — for several days. That’s because, according to a Harvard article, our circadian rhythm “in response to light and other cues from the environment, coordinates the functions of different body systems over a 24-hour period and regulates when we sleep and wake. As the environment changes, our internal clock uses environmental cues to gradually reset itself, at an average rate of an hour a day. If you cross several time zones within a matter of hours, there isn’t enough time for your internal clock to synchronize your body with the new time zone.” This disruption to our circadian rhythm isn’t fun, but after much travel, and experimentation, we’ve chosen our favorite ways to get back on track after shriveling up on an airplane for hours on end.

Infrared Sauna
The scoop on this dry sauna with infra-red lights is that it does all sorts of good things for the body to help it detox. Firstly, it’s hot. Traditional saunas warm the air around you, causing you to heat up. Far-infrared saunas use light (“far” refers to its position on the electromagnetic spectrum) to heat your body through radiation. Why is that a good thing? Because sweating is an ancient form of detoxification. Our skin is our largest organ of detoxification and sweating releases toxins through the skin. Secondly, the infrared lights, apparently, penetrate the skin to increase circulation, lymphatic drainage (more detoxing), and even stimulate collagen production and wound healing. So, do some research before-hand, and find the most convenient location offering infrared sauna sessions near where you’re staying. Book an appointment for the day after you land and make sure to drink plenty of water during and afterward, as you’ll already be dehydrated from the plane. Trust us, you’ll feel good as new afterward.

Homeopathics
Homeopathic treatments, a form of alternative medicine, but one that’s recognised by the World Health Organisation as a valid form of healthcare, are made using plant, animal, and mineral substances in specific dilutions to stimulate the body’s own natural healing response. Most come in the form of little sugar pellets coated with the homeopathic formula. Our favorite brands are Boiron, which sells an anti-jet-lag-combo pack, and No Jet Lag.

Adjust Before You Go
This one requires a bit more of an investment, but it’s well worth it. The week leading up to a trip where there’s a significant time difference, we like to get a head’s start and begin going to bed approximately an hour earlier or later each night leading up to the flight. Whether you hit the sack earlier or later depends upon which direction the time change is. Also, make sure to be well rested before traveling. Traveling tired makes you all the more likely to feel the effects of jet lag.

Fast
Some studies show eating is linked to our circadian rhythms. We’re accustomed to eating at certain times during the day. Disrupting this pattern can have disastrous effects on our bodies. Try fasting or eating minimal amounts of food when traveling, particularly if you’re prone to jet lag.

Stay Hydrated
Dehydration messes with your internal clock, as we all know. The rule of thumb is one cup of water per hour on an airplane; being at such high altitudes dehydrates you rapidly. But, after disembarking, head straight for the nearest coconut water source or green juice. Full of electrolytes and intensely hydrating, coconut water is a life saver after traveling. The greens will hydrate you as well as help you detox. Be sure to grab a juice made of mostly or 100% greens, as too much fruit will spike your blood sugar.

See The Light of Day
Light is THE thing that resets your internal clock. Make sure to expose yourself to as much natural light as possible as soon as possible, granted you land during the day.