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Top 5 tips to help prevent jet lag and make you vacation healthy

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In order to reduce the impact of jet lag when you’re travelling, it’s important to manage your sleep patterns, eat healthy, exercise and keep yourself well-hydrated.
You’ve been planning a holiday for eons now. The thought of getting away from the boredom of daily life was an opportunity you wouldn’t miss for the world, but if you’re taking a vacation abroad, there’s more than one thing you need to careful about, especially jet lag, that is a likelihood every time you travel from one time zone to another.
There’s a bright side to everything, though. You could learn how to own this one too through simple dos and don’ts that make your holiday a productive one to cool your heels off and get back to work with full gusto!
The key to avoiding jet lag, even before your trip begins is restoring all your energy through good night’s sleep. Remember that, most your woes can be cured by sleep. So, make it your friend and start the prep right away!
Andrew Thomas, in his article on Inc.com says, “… jet lag is an interruption in your circadian rhythm. Managing and adapting your sleep patterns are crucial to reducing the impact of jet lag on your productivity while traveling. The other tips will help prevent or alleviate the other causes of jet lag – helping you have a healthy and productive trip.”
Read on for the Top 5 tips to prevent jet lag by preparing well in advance:
Water
Whether or not it’s the upcoming holiday, it’s always important to stay well-hydrated for normal functioning. If you are, however, going to be spending long hours on a plane, you need to ensure you don’t get dehydrated. Prep yourself by training your mind and body to have more water and once you’ve set out on the trip, have a glass of water (at least) every hour of your flight to avoid jet lag. Water can be substituted with green tea or juices. Alcohol and coffee are best to avoid as these are known to dehydrate your body.
Keep yourself busy during the day
Keeping yourself amply engaged during the daytime will obviously mean that you turn in sooner at night than your usual time since your body needs to repair yourself in the hours you’re asleep. Remember, the later you go to bed, the wearier your body feels as it hasn’t had enough time to rejuvenate. This practice will also keep you engaged on your holiday when you can get more done during the day, like fun activities, adventure sports, walking around the town to explore, visiting museums etc.
Exercise
It’s always a good idea to get up from your desk every hour, at least, to stretch your legs and open up the muscles in your body. Try and walk up the stairs as many times as possible and avoid the use of escalators, elevators, and travellators (an experience of each of these are of course, necessary, but to keep health on your side, it’s the stairs that’ll aid you). While these are simple hacks, they are likely to go a long way since it’s one of the easiest things that will go a long way.
Avoid heavy meals
Too much of anything is bad enough, and if your meals comprise junk food and sugary drinks, you’re likely to feel sluggish all the time. Since you’re preparing yourself to avoid a jet lag, switch the unhealthy option for a healthier snack, and avoid filling yourself up a lot at one go. Don’t let bad food choices take away from a healthy lifestyle and a much-awaited vacation.
Become the explorer as soon as you land
You’re in a new place! Use each minute to get acclimatised to the new surroundings and get to know your location better. Maybe take a look at the itinerary and check with some locals about what you could add to the list and do more in a limited time! This is of course relevant if it’s still day where you are and can soak up the sun while you explore.
Additionally, watching TV or being exposed to any kind of blue light will only make your eyes and brain more tired, in turn leading to sleep evading you for a while.
Wish you super vacation! Make the most of it to take care of your physical, mental and emotional health.


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Natural Cure for Stomachache

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When parties or the holidays strike, it can be hard to keep yourself from stepping close to the buffet table. Besides, get-togethers where all sorts of delectable appetizers, main courses, sauces, desserts and beverages are being served do not happen all the time. It’s not unlikely for a party pooper to show up during or right after your eating spree: a stomachache.

In case a drugstore-bought stomachache remedy is not within your easy reach, fret not. That cranky gut can be appeased with a few homemade remedies. Because they are all-natural, you don’t have to worry about some potential side effects. Continue reading to know some stomachache quick fixes that many count on from centuries ago until at the present.

Consuming Cayenne Powder

 

The consumption of cayenne powder when your tummy is troubled may not sound right. But the fact is taking 0.5 to 1.0 g of this super spicy red powder a few minutes before meals is known to ward off nausea and abdominal pain due to a bout with stomachache. Sprinkling some cayenne powder on dishes it goes well with can work just as effectively too.

Drinking Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea has a pleasant smell and taste. Drinking this infusion of dried chamomile flowers is also beneficial each time you are being bugged by an upset stomach. Chamomile tea is known to soothe a disturbed upper digestive tract. What’s more, it also has anti-inflammatory and mild sedating properties that help alleviate a painful abdominal area.

Sucking on a Piece of Ginger Root

Ginger root is loaded with an antioxidant known as gingerol. It’s something that helps provide quick relief from abdominal discomfort and nausea. Sucking on a piece of ginger root is a great way to put an end to a stomachache. Ginger candy makes for a great alternative if you don’t like the taste of the real deal. You may also slowly sip a cup of ginger ale or tea.

Taking Peppermint Candy or Tea

Peppermint is an herb that possesses a soothing effect. Whether you prefer to suck on a peppermint candy or drink a hot cup of peppermint tea, you can bid that stomachache goodbye in no time. This herb is capable of relaxing the digestive tract while at the same time promoting the secretion of juices necessary for the processing of fat in the foods you eat.

Chewing on Some Dried Fennel Seeds

Dried fennel seeds are revered for their medicinal properties as well as nutritive content. Taken from a flowering plant with the same name, chewing on some fennel seeds during an upset stomach can prove to be very beneficial. It has a carminative effect that soothes intestinal wall spasms and provides relief from gas that makes the abdominal area hurt.

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Dispel sleeping myths for a healthier life

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People holding sleep myths- like five hours of sleep is sufficient for them, snoring has no harm or drinking helps you to fall asleep- are at a significant health threat, reveals a new study. The findings were published in the Journal ‘Sleep Health’.

“Sleep is a vital part of life that affects our productivity, mood, and general health and well-being. Dispelling myths about sleep promotes healthier sleep habits which, in turn, promote overall better health,” says study lead investigator, Rebecca Robbins.

Researchers reviewed more than 8000 websites to identify 20 most common assumptions about sleep.They ranked them based on whether each could be dispelled as a myth or supported by scientific evidence, and on the harm that the myth could cause.

 

Among the top myth researchers were able to dispel was the claim by people that five hours of sleep is enough for them.This misconception poses risks to health from long-term sleep deficits. Another common myth relates to snoring.

Robbins says snoring can be harmless, but it can also be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing starts and stops over the course of the night. The authors encourage seeing a doctor since this sleep behaviour may lead to heart stoppages or other illnesses.

Another notable finding was that drinking alcoholic beverages before sleep was unhealthy for sleep.

Alcohol reduces the body’s ability to get a deep sleep. “Sleep is important to health, and there needs to be greater effort to inform the public regarding this important public health issue,” says study senior investigator Girardin Jean Louis. She further said, “By discussing sleep habits with their patients, doctors can help prevent sleep myths from increasing risks for heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.”

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Kokum, the fat burner right in your backyard

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Popularly known as Kokum in India, Garcinia Indica has been used for centuries in Asian countries for culinary purposes as a condiment and flavouring agent in place of tamarind or lemon. It’s used for juices, pickles and to add sourness to curries.

The Kokum tree is an evergreen tree predominantly grown in the tropical humid rainforests of Western Ghats. The fruits are green when raw and red to dark purple when ripe. Kokum is widely used as a beverage and has also been used as medicine in Ayurveda.

A myriad of health effects have been attributed to Garcinia, which range from anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory to anti-cancer and digestive benefits. Anti-obesity effects of Garcinia Indica come specifically from its Hydroxycitric Acid content and have been elucidated in several studies. However, there are controversial results regarding its efficacy and safety as an anti-obesity dietary supplement. Despite this, the market is flooded with over-the-counter slimming aids containing Garcinia & HCA.

 

A typical reduction of food appetite has been reported and increased availability of mood enhancing neuro-transmitter Serotonin observed in animal and human studies with Garcinia. Besides this, it helps to enhance fat oxidation and reduces the tendency to store fat. In other words, it suppresses fatty acid synthesis, formation of fat cells, food intake and induces weight loss.

Another useful component of Kokum is Garcinol, which has been found to be neuro-protective, contributing to brain health and preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

While it is clear that Kokum has a role to play in weight loss, it must be emphasised that there is no miracle about it. A carefully planned diet and exercise are key to obesity management. Fat burners can only be supportive. The wisdom would be to take any of these in a natural form as food. They must be taken as supplements only under supervision. A glass of Kokum juice is a cooling digestive beverage and certainly needs no prescription.

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