Jet lag may be an annoying nightmare for the frequent traveler. Having the sudden urge to want to fall asleep when one needs to be awake (and vice-versa) can become a hassle for the business traveler who has just zipped from one time zone to another in what may appear to feel like the blink of an eye. Also known as desynchronosis, jet lag may have been referred to as a physiological condition in which an individual could have disturbances in managing how the body’s internal time clock operates in accordance with one’s environment. Most common among airline travelers and those who work alternating irregular shifts, symptoms of jet lag may include feeling lethargic, irritable, mildly depressed, and disoriented. Other biological symptoms may become a problem as well, such as those symptoms consistent with the gastrointestinal track. Presuming that the level of severity for these jet lag symptoms are theoretically determined by age, symptoms may also occur in those travelers who fly from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere even if the time zones have not changed. Although there may be products available on the market that have been speculated to be able to offset most jet lag symptoms, there are also natural remedies the traveler may want to consider that might actually work.
The immune system of the traveler should be in top-notch working condition for any of the benefits from using a natural remedy to offset jet lag are expected to work. In order to boost the immune system, it is suggested that travelers use camu camu powder or acarela cherry powder as a natural resource of vitamin C and avoid using any hand sanitizer that may contain triclosan, which has been speculated to be an immune system repressor. As a substitute, it may be better to try using therapeutic grade essential oils for sanitizing the hands and face. Using natural methods to keep hydration levels at the maximum is a must while traveling by airplane since most cabins may not provide enough moisture into the air. Eliminating the consumption of alcoholic drinks and coffee may also contribute to keeping the body hydrated. In order to offset digestive problems that may be associated with jet lag, it may be recommended to use caffeine-free organic peppermint or ginger tea to help soothe the intestinal tract to avoid having gas, becoming bloated, or becoming constipated.
Because the air pressure inside of the airplane may contribute to a lower oxygenated blood level, placing a few drops of peppermint oil into the palms of the hand and breathing this in while doing alternate nostril breathing exercises may help with fighting against fatigue. Other non-herbal ways to prepare for a long flight when traveling by airplane may be to do a few stretching exercises to ensure the appropriate oxygenated blood levels are meeting the body’s standards before boarding, even if that may mean avoid using moving sidewalks and elevators to get from one end of the airport to the other. This may not only help with combating muscle cramping due to sitting in one position for exceptionally long periods of time, but it may also help with blood circulation as well. Depending on the traveler’s destination, it may be helpful to take alternate routes with frequent stops in between that will allow the traveler more mobility rather than booking a direct flight. In essence, travelers may be able to enjoy turn a work-related trip into a more pleasant trip without feeling exasperated by jet lag as well as enjoying the lifelong beneficial health factors that may come with the use of most natural home remedies.
Opinion by Stephanie Tapley