As the jet set season gets into full swing, there are lots to plan: which gorgeous clothes to pack, the new bikini you absolutely must buy, which hotel will you stay in, picking your favourite sites to see, beaches to explore. But there is one thing which we can never quite plan for; the dreaded jet lag. We all love to travel, but jet lag is the one thing which gets to us all.
It can be the bane of any holiday, or trip home, spending the first few days covering up those dark circles and struggling to really make the most of this new adventure, so I asked Ayurvedic doctor, Dr Asha Jones, from the Dubai Herbal Treatment Centre, to find out some tips and tricks to kick jet lag to the kerb. Here I share 5 ways to help avoid and reduce the effects of jet lag.
1. STAY HYDRATED
Girls, we all know we need to drink more water, and none more so when we travel. So, get drinking lots of warm water from several days before your trip so you are well hydrated by the time you fly. You can use ginger infused water, hot or cold, by adding two inches of ginger in one litre of water. And while you may be tempted to reach for that delicious cup of coffee as you sit blurry eyed at the airport, try to avoid caffeine or tea on the day you travel as it causes dehydration. The more dehydrated you are, the more issues of fatigue and digestive problems you may encounter.
2. IMPROVE YOUR DIGESTION
Don’t you just hate that travel bloating? Eating healthy and easily digestible foods in the few days before travelling will help in terms of bloating, constipation and general fatigue. The better your body is when you arrive on the flight, the better equipped to handle the challenges of travel, it will be. So start fighting the jet lag early, because everything ‘health’ starts with the gut!
3. THRIPHALA TEA REMEDY
This power drink will help make sure your tummy is in tip-top shape when you get on your flight, meaning fatigue and digestive issues won’t stand a chance. Mix one teaspoon of herbal thriphala powder in warm water with honey once or twice a day for good digestion, in the lead up to flying, and when you land. This is a great drink to have daily if you suffer with irregular digestion. You can also find ready mixed capsules from brands such as Pukka, if you need something easy to pack.
4. WARM SPICE SLEEP REMEDY
We’ve long been told the myth that a warm cup of milk is good for our sleep, but this vegan cup of love will ensure you Zzz in peace after that long trip. Mix 2 grams of cinnamon or nutmeg powder in one glass of warm organic milk or in honey to naturally aid your sleep. Using coconut oil massaged into the head or massaging coconut oil or sesame oil into the soles of the feet will also help.
5. INDULGE IN A MASSAGE
Well I don’t need telling twice to go for a massage, and certainly not if it helps me combat flight fatigue! If you feel tired and swollen, try to get a good massage as it improves your circulation, the organ functions and clears the fluid retention. For swollen ankles or feet, dipping your feet in warm salt water will help too.
Do you have any tips for beating jet lag? What works for you? Please share with our readers in the comments below. Read Next > 13 Ways To Save Money To Travel