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- Mar 14 2017
How to Naturally Combat Jetlag-Ayurveda
This post originally appeared on 10 Miles Behind me written by travel blogger, Erin Faherty. Arth Ayurveda shares Erin’s experiences with us in Bangalore.
Travel is incredible for the soul and the mind, but can be extremely difficult on the body. New timezones, new cuisines, and new biting insects to watch out for are just the beginning. I tend to have stomach issues when I travel, especially cramping up on any flight over 5 hours. It takes a while to adjust once I reach a destination. I would imagine I’m not the only one with this issue. I also tend to fall off of motorbikes. I may be in the minority with that particular issue.
When I was in Bangalore, India volunteering with Leave UR Mark, part of my time was spent working with Arth Ayurveda (an Ayurvedic health center). I had the opportunity to try many of their amazing and oily procedures myself, which I wrote about for a forthcoming post on the Arth Ayurveda blog. But that’s only one part of Ayurveda Medicine. Another part is caring for yourself continuously. I also received several different health analyses when I was at Arth Ayurveda, and I learned how I need to take better care of myself, which I am writing about for another post on their blog. When we are traveling, our natural routine gets shaken up and I spoke with Dr. Prashanth about ways to adapt in our new environments and to deal with some common travel woes, naturally.
How to Naturally Combat Jetlag
When flying, make sure to drink plenty of fluids, which can be in the form of water, juice, coffee, or tea – but should not be in the form of alcohol (sorry). On an everyday basis, approximately 30-50 ML of water every half hour is good, but when at the airport and on the plane, try to up that to 50-100 ML.
If you will be landing in the evening, keep yourself awake as much as you can during your flight. I recommend crossword puzzles or catching up on some comedies from a few months back if you have a personal screen, but nothing boring or you will doze. Avoid coffee and tea for the last 3-4 hours of your flight. Fill up your belly before landing, even if your airline meal doesn’t seem too appetizing. When you arrive at your hotel, get into bed as soon as possible and crash.
If landing in the morning or during the day, it’s important to sleep as much and as well as you can on the flight. This time, avoid heavy foods, especially 3-4 hours before landing. When you land and get settled in, have a warm meal. Try to stay out of your hotel room and to stay engaged with others as much as you can to avoid an early bedtime. If you don’t know anyone and are shy around strangers, try my crossword puzzle suggestion from earlier or start working on something – anything – to stay awake.
The day after a fight, if you’re able to manage it, a hard massage with oil (not an aromatherapy massage) should help. This is not always possible while traveling, but a hot shower and hot food for each meal will be beneficial as well. If you travel often, carry a natural supplement called ashwagandha with you on your trips. Taking one tablet (or two, if you are a light sleeper) before bed for the first two nights should do the job. Your new environment’s time should take over after one or two days.
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