Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning jet lag and juice.
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Call it time zone change syndrome or call it desynchronization, but jet lag by any other name is still as debilitating. More than just fatigue is experienced by some people as they fly from East to West or from West to East across time zones. Loss of appetite, headache, nausea and sinus irritation may result from a plan trip to a far away location. Nobody knows why but people traveling from West to East experience the most sever jet lag. It takes an average 1.5 days per Eastward time zone to recover. Nobody has invented a magical pill to take away the awful effects of the sleep disorder. Dr. Malcolm von Schantz: Our clock is set for 24.00 hours, it never is. On average, it’s set for about 24.2 hours, so that means that each and every one of us will have to reset our clock everyday according to the astronomical day around us if you will. And of course, if you’re closer to the medium than if you practice to have a particularly slow clock or particularly fast clock. And of course, this is the same reason why we will suffer from jet lag if we travel across time zones. Jet lag affects your circadian rhythm. Your body has different times of the day it chooses to manufacture certain hormones and complete certain functions. It takes its cue from sunlight and the bright blue color of the sky to start its cycle. Blue light therapy is used by some people to stay off jet lag. But if you can’t access this, then perhaps drinking plenty of water, avoiding caffeine and adjusting your sleeping patterns to your destination time zone a couple of days before you actually leave my lessen the impact of jet lag. Happy travels. Everybody needs to eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day. What better way to get your nutrient boost than by squashing them into one convenient tasty glass of juice. Include the power of pomegranates in your creative combination. These antioxidant packed seedy red fruits are clinically proven to increase blood flow to the hearts of coronary heart diseased patients. A super fruit indeed. Add the juice of an orange including the pulp to lower high blood pressure. Pop an apple in to increase your brain’s acetyl choline count to maintain those happy memories. Include a couple of grapes for further heart protection and rebalance those electrolytes by adding coconut water to the blend. Juice combinations are limitless and you can become quite the connoisseur. It’s always better to encourage young ones to eat whole fruits for the fiber content. But when a two-year old won’t eat their greens, what better way to disguise them than by blending them in with a tasty pink sweet juice. They’ll never know the difference. Juices containing the entire fruit are more beneficial for you than clear juices without the pulp. The pulp contains important flavanoids and phytonutrients. Anecdotal evidence suggest that you can juice for your life by eliminating toxic processed foods and adding in some fresh pulpy juices. Some people have claimed to overcome serious illness. But don’t wait until you’re sick to start squeezing the benefits out of juice. It’s best not to reach for the valium to beat jet lag on a flight. You want to be alert in case of emergency.