Jet Lag and You: A New Cure?
The cure for jet lag is as elusive as the cure for the hangover. In my world, water and sleep help for both afflictions, but neither is a miracle worker. However, on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, I unknowingly snacked on a jet-lag elixir. I thought it was fresh, cold, wet air that helped ease the lag; instead, it was my fruit salad.
According to a report posted by the Cherry Marketing Institute, cherries are one of the richest sources of melatonin, the natural hormone known to regulate circadian rhythms and help restore sleeping patterns. Russel J. Reiter, a melatonin expert, and his colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center recommend popping a half-cup of dried cherries or one cup of cherry juice an hour before bed time on your flight. Once at your destination, continue this schedule for several evenings, depending on the time change.
(Rule of thumb: maintain for three nights for a three-hour time change, four for four-hour, etc.)
Reiter says dried cherries have higher levels of melatonin than fresh ones, but that does not mean you should turn down a piece of cherry cobbler or pie. Eat up, then slumber sweetly.
Anyone have other jet lag remedies?
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