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How To Prevent Jet Lag Naturally

Looking for a jet lag cure? Here are some of the best natural remedies you can use to prevent jet lag.

I travel overseas quite a bit and I know what it’s like to suffer from jet lag. The crazy sleeping schedules, hitting a brick wall in the middle of the day and feeling like you just can’t go on. I’ve experienced it a lot.

That’s why I started looking for jet lag cures. The best remedies for jet lag involve doing something to prevent it during the trip. Here are some natural remedies I use and one I’ve never used that I hear works great.

Fasting

Harvard Medical School researchers have found that there are two biological clocks in mice. One works according to light. The second works according to meal times. When you travel long distances in a plane the light clock gets all messed up, but when you’re quite hungry the meal time clock can override the light clock.

Fasting for 16 hours is enough to override your light clock. If you fast until the end of your trip and eat your first meal when you arrive at your destination at a normal meal time, your body will adjust to the new time much faster. Considering how bad airplane food is you won’t be missing much by fasting.

Drink Water

Dehydration makes jet lag worse. Planes are dry and I find that they don’t really give you enough to drink on the plane. Staying hydrated will help you feel better once you land. Drinking water will hydrate you much more effectively than drinking sodas or juice. Everytime that drink cart comes around get some water. Ask for more water between drink times. Your neighbor may not like you getting crawling over their lap for the toilet all the time, but you’ll feel much better when you land.

Adjust Your Sleep Schedule

During your trip keep the same sleeping and wake schedule as your destination. If you’ll land in the evening, don’t sleep on the plane. If you land in the morning be sure to sleep during the flight.

The first day at your destination, you’ll likely be tired. Try your best not to nap. If you do nap don’t nap any longer than 30 minutes. Stay up until a reasonable time at night so that when you do sleep you’ll be able to sleep through the whole night. Trying your best to keep a sleeping schedule that matches your destination will help you overcome your jet lag more quickly.

Exercise

Once you arrive at your destination exercise in the mornings, preferably outside in the sun. Exercise will help get your body going for the day and increase your energy.

Sunlight

Exposure to sunlight also helps reset your body clock. Try to spend a lot of time outside in the sun on your first day at your destination.

Melatonin

Melatonin is a well known jet lag cure. This chemical is naturally produced by your brain to make you sleepy. Traveling over time zones throws your melatonin production out of whack. You can purchase melatonin in a pill form from most health food stores. I’ve never tried this jet lag cure, but I hear it works wonderfully. Once you get to your destination take melatonin for half the number of nights as time zones you crossed. If you crosed 4 time zones you’d take melatonin for 2 nights. You should take the lowest dose possible–1 mg or even less. The melatonin works in about 30 minutes to put you to sleep. Take the melatonin at night and stay awake all day and you should be able to get rid your jet leg in no time.

What to Avoid

Don’t drink alcohol on your flight. Alcoholic beverages dehydrate you even more and could make your jet lag worse.

Avoid caffeine and sugar. Both give you temporary energy followed by a crash. This doesn’t help your body’s clock to adjust one bit. Using these substances to give you energy when you’re tired will only prolong your jet lag.

Some people take sleep pills on flights to help avoid jet lag. This can be dangerous because sleeping pills cause your body to go into an unnatural state where you sleep with very little movement. Moving around while you sleep is very important on a flight because not moving your legs can cause deadly blood clots to form in them. Sleeping pills also dehydrate you.

Standing hydrated, keep a normal sleep schedule, and eating right are your best bet.

 

 

Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter

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Foods that Lower High Blood Pressure [Hypertension]

High blood pressure or hypertension is defined as a repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mm of Hg- a systolic pressure above 140 and a diastolic pressure above 90 mm of Hg. Today approximately one billion people worldwide have high blood pressure according to the Healthstats webpage. That translates to about one out of every four adults being affected with hypertension.

The Australian Health Foundation has mentioned that lifestyle modification is an important treatment strategy that should be applied regardless of other indicated treatments for patients with hypertension. A healthy low fat low sodium diet and regular exercise are major factors in managing high blood pressure. Apart from the daily dose of prescribed medicines, below is a list of some medicinal foods that help in reducing blood pressure.

Garlic Lowers High Blood Pressure And Helps To Maintain Cholesterol Levels

Naturopaths routinely claim that garlic is one of the world’s longest used medicinal foods. Garlic was an important medicine to ancient Egyptians listed in the medical text Codex Ebers. The ancient Indian Ayurvedic text Charak Samhita recommends the use of garlic in treating heart disease and blood pressure.

 One of the major breakthroughs in the research of garlic study was the discovery of allicin in 1944 by an Italian chemist, C. J. Cavallito. In their research article, “Effects of Garlic on High Blood Pressure,” Nigel Stocks and Thomas Sullivan have mentioned that the blood pressure reducing properties of garlic are due to its hydrogen sulphide production and allicin content.

Garlic helps in the control of blood pressure. It acts by reducing the formation of clots and thereby reducing blood pressure. It also lowers the blood cholesterol level. Apart from its heart benefits, garlic has antioxidant properties that help in fighting against cancer. It is also one of the commonly used home remedies to fight cold as it improves the immune system.

Saffron Is A Natural Remedy Used in Treating High Blood Pressure

Saffron is one of the world’s oldest and most expensive spices. This exotic herb finds mention in several ancient texts. It is specially mentioned in Bhavprakash Nighantu,an ancient Ayurvedic text for its significant use in treating high blood pressure. Saffron finds many uses in ancient Ayurvedic, Unani and Tibetan medicine in heart diseases, acne and digestive disorders.

According to Dr. George Jacob of Heart Infocenter, saffron contains a chemical called crocetin that helps to lower the blood pressure. It should never be consumed in large quantities as it causes unconsciousness. Just a pinch of saffron can be used while cooking like adding in rice dishes or to a cup of freshly brewed tea.

Tomatoes Play A Key Role In Reducing High Blood Pressure

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a disease fighting antioxidant. It is also found in grapefruits,apricots and papaya. According to recent studies tomatoes are an excellent source for managing high blood pressure and fighting cancer. In the book Tomatoes, Lycopene and Human Health Dr. Esther Parran says “The results of short term treatments with tomato extracts have been encouraging since they help to reduce blood pressure in mild to moderate hypertensives.”

According to an article published in China Daily on February 1, 2001, researchers in Israel found that a daily dose of tomato extract helped lower the blood pressure among 31men and women with mild hypertension. Tomatoes are high in gamma-amino butyric acid(GABA) a compound that helps to lower the blood pressure.

Phytonutrients In Broccoli Help In Heart Disease By Reducing High Blood Pressure

Glucorapharin,a naturally occurring compound found in broccoli sprouts and broccoli may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke according to a new research published in the May issue of the Proceedings of The Academy of Sciences of the USA.

Broccoli plays a key role in the reduction of heart disease risk according to recent studies. Broccoli is rich in phytonutrients. Researchers from the University of Hawaii have shown that phytonutrients help in reducing the blood pressure by significantly reducing the formation of plaques in blood vessels. Phytonutrients are found in other green leafy vegetables like spinach and cabbage and are known for their anti-cancerous properties as well.

High blood pressure can be naturally cured with the help of a Naturopathic Doctor. While medical doctors look to only control the symptoms by treating it with dangerous medications with harmful side effects. To help treat hypertension naturally, regular exercise is extremely necessary for controlling blood pressure and heart disease. Dietary changes like reducing sodium intake and having a healthy low fat diet go a long way in managing hypertension. To help create a natural healing program for High Blood Pressure contact Dr Akilah for a consultation.

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Free Yummy and Healthy Recipes to Lower Hypertension

Natural Cures for Indigestion and Heartburn

When I think of Indigestion, Heartburn and nausea, the popular ad
campaign for Pepto Bismol with the dancing symptoms starts playing
in my head. Then the pink chalky residue comes to mind, ew. So what
is a natural health girl to do when she has a stomach ache? Consult
the herbalists and Alternative Medicine gurus, of course.

The main symptoms of Indigestion include abdominal pain, a burning
feeling in the upper abdomen, nausea, Heartburn, Bloating, Belching,
vomiting and Flatulence. Sounds like a good time, eh? Please do
consult with your Alternative Medicine practitioner if you have a
chronic problem, but if it is just the occasional malady, here are a
few Natural Remedies that may help:

Indigestion Prevention – Drink a mixture of one teaspoon Ginger and
two tablespoons baking soda in cold water before eating to avoid
Indigestion altogether.

Bananas - Ripe bananas are actually natural antacids that help to
soothe the lining of your stomach. I guess that is why pediatricians
often recommend them when the little ones are not feeling well.
Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice – Add either of these to hot water and
drink to alkalize the acid in your stomach if you do not have a
banana handy.

Tea – The following Teas are excellent for indigestion: Ginger,
Peppermint, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Cinnamon, Slippery Elm powder.
Why water=bad with a meal – Yes, the glass is on the table at
dinner, but you shouldn’t drink while eating according to experts.
Water can dilute the gastric acid in your stomach which causes
Indigestion.

For a list of  Natural Remedies for various illnesses go to our website http://www.celestialhealing.net/herbal_guide2.htm

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