Managing Jet Lag with Herbal Supplements

How do you improve your travel experience with herbal supplements?

There are just as many reasons to travel as it seems there are people in line at TSA. For some individuals it’s their long awaited vacation, while others are embarking on a business trip. Regardless, jet lag is an inconvenience in any journey across time zones. According to the National Sleep Foundation, jet lag results when your circadian rhythms slowly adjust to a new time zone from your original biological schedule. This causes your body to signal it’s time to sleep when it may only be mid afternoon or prevents you from falling asleep late at night. Fortunately, herbal supplements can assist in adjusting your sleep schedule as well as help the body in adapting to a new environment for optimizing your next trip. 


Prior to takeoff, it’s incredibly important to keep the immune system healthy. Close quarters in planes and trains are a breeding ground for germs. Taking vitamin C supplements several days before and during your trip can boost the immune system and prepare it for the extra work it does while you’re on the go.


In addition, the gut undergoes quite a bit of stress while traveling. The gut is a vital organ as it regulates digestion, helps our bodies absorb nutrients and maintains a healthy immune system. Qi Alchemy uses super herbs that nourish the gut, reduce inflammation, relieve stress and strengthen the immune system. A few vials of Qi Alchemy Pearls are easy to pack and take on the go. With ingredients like ginger, ginseng and magnolia bark, Qi Alchemy Pearls help with indigestion, nausea and other gut issues. 


Once arriving in your destination, it’s helpful to convert your sleep schedule to the location’s time. By assimilating your sleeping patterns to sunlight, your body will begin to adjust its internal clock. However, it’s never as easy as it seems. 


Magnesium supplements can help with relaxation and falling asleep. Research has found magnesium can increase the amount of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. This neurotransmitter is responsible for easing the mind and helping the body fall asleep. With a magnesium supplement and a soothing cup of chamomile tea, attempting to go to bed at a reasonable hour becomes doable. 


With difficulty waking up in the morning, cordyceps, chaga and rhodiola can help. Cordyceps are a type of mushroom taken to increase energy levels. Likewise, chaga is also a type of mushroom that boosts energy, increases mental sharpness and reduces fatigue. Both of these mushrooms are also great for maintaining a healthy immune system while traveling. In addition, rhodiola has been proven in studies to help treat chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome. Along with increasing physical energy, rhodiola has also been used to manage ADHD, as the herb stimulates cognition, improving alertness and attention. 

With the help of herbal supplements and acclimating your sleep schedule, beating jet lag is possible. 

 

Written by Grace Maeda