• Deanne Panday

Fight you Jet lag with your diet

What’s worse than being wide awake in the middle of the night, or struggling to stay up because of Jet lag, especially when you’ve got a whole day ahead of you? Resetting your your internal clock to a new time zone might be a long process. However temporary it may be, it can interrupts your daily tasks. Now there is no instant remedy for Jet lag but fortunately, you can ease yourself into this new schedule by making some changes in your diet!

The first and foremost thing to keep in mind while jumping time zones is that ‘Hydration is key’. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. While traveling, Make water, fruit juices and Herbal teas your best pal. It helps you replenish your nutrients. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol as it adversely affects the quality of your sleep. Next step is to avoid overeating. Changes in the sleep cycle messes with your hunger and fluctuates your energy levels. So, it is very important to practice mindful eating when you’re abroad. Try including all nutrients in balanced proportions and regulate your meal timings.

Furthermore, Cling on to these 8 foods to make sure, your jet lag doesn’t get the best of you-

1. Cherries

These ruby-red fruits are one of the best food sources of melatonin, an antioxidant that helps to regulate sleeping patterns, and a blessing when time zone troubles have you wide awake at bedtime.

2. Quinoa

While rich in fiber, Quinoa is also relatively easy on the digestive system, so it’s perfect to take in-flight or to eat as a light meal upon arrival at your destination. Even for your daily meals, this is the perfect whole grain low GI carb option.

3. Cumin

Cumin is way more than just a flavourful addition to curries. Due to its calming properties, it has been used for years in Ayurvedic medicine as a tranquilliser and can be an effective way to induce sleep when you’re too wound up at night from jet lag.

4. Bananas

To combat the restlessness that can accompany jet lag, reach for a banana an hour or two before bed. The magnesium and potassium it contains are electrolytes that can balance the salts in your body, helping you relax and get a better night’s sleep.

5. Ginger

Jet lag also affects your digestion. Calm your stomach and ease it back into your current time zone with ginger; the root is commonly used to stimulate gastric motility and alleviate nausea. It also contains melatonin. Carry ginger tea bags or ginger root powder while traveling.

6. Kiwi

Known to improve you sleep duration and quality, kiwi can come in handy when you’re waking up after only three measly hours of sleep. Kiwi is also known for easing constipation and for being abundant in vitamin C, which is essential for keeping your immune system in top form even as you jet-set through climates, time zones, and altitudes.

7. Leafy vegetables

The levels of magnesium in your cells organically increase and decrease throughout the day, but these levels can get disrupted when you switch time zones, affecting your circadian rhythm. Maintain these magnesium levels by filling up on dark leafy greens like kale, collards, and spinach.

8. Chicken Breast

Your body needs protein, along with carbs, to keep your energy levels stable, but the type of protein you choose is key. Fatty proteins will drain your energy and make you sleepy, so stick to leaner meats, like chicken and fish.

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