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Travel Health in the Summer Jet Lag and Motion Sickness

Summer travel is fun and relaxing, however sometimes we can experience symptoms like motion sickness and jet lag while traveling. There are a few ways to help relieve or avoid jet lag or motion sickness with TCM and natural approaches.  Dietary and lifestyle changes can help as well.

Motion sickness is caused by an imbalance in the inner ear, this is recognized in both western and eastern medicine.  Symptoms of motion sickness are unpleasant and include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sweating.  Due to changes in one's sense of balance and equilibrium, motion sickness can be prevented or lessened.  Avoid reading while traveling, strong food odors, drinking alcohol, or eating heavily spiced foods. 

When traveling your immune system tends to weaken, taking vitamin C or eating vitamin C rich foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables can also lessen symptoms.  American ginseng is also a good choice for strengthening your immune system and increasing energy.  Coix and Poria can be used to resolve spleen dampness and regulate the stomach.

Jet lag is a common issue when traveling and while sleeping it off may seem like your only option, there are other ways to quell the symptoms of jet lag.  Jet lag occurs when the body's internal clock and circadian rhythm is thrown off balance when traveling across time zones.  Fatigue, light-headedness, cognitive issues, loss of short-term memory, diarrhea, constipation, and sleep disruption are symptoms of jet lag.  Avoiding alcohol or caffeine at least three hours before sleep can be helpful.  Daylight is a powerful stimulant for regulating the body's internal clock. Melatonin keeps our circadian cycle in tune and help balance our sleep cycle.

In TCM, jet lag is addressed by restoring qi or energy flow and returning the body back to its normal circadian rhythm.  Along with acupuncture and herbal formulas, eating vitamin B rich foods such as broccoli, beets, bananas, strawberries, or mung beans can be helpful.   When suffering from jet lag, getting as much natural light as possible is also beneficial.  Breathing exercises can reduce tension and feeling relaxed can reduce the effects of jet lag. Exercise a few days before traveling is also recommended.  Also, don't forget to drink plenty of water while traveling to stay hydrated!

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