What to eat to conquer jet lag

am-airlines-plane
Don’t let jet lag ruin your fun.
Credit: Metro File Photo

You’ve just touched down in Paris and the first thing you want to do is hit the hay. Sound familiar? Don’t let jet lag cause you to miss out on all that your travels have to offer. Michelle Dudash, author of the book “Clean Eating for Busy Families” says that consuming the following snacks can help you feel great upon arrival.

Dark chocolate: It can reduce levels of cortisol and catecholamine stress hormones. The higher the percentage of cacao, the better. Start with one that is 60% cacao and work your way up. Darker chocolate also has less added sugar.

Carbohydrates: They stimulate the release or serotonin, your feel-good brain chemical. Opt for low-sugar granola, an apple or dried fruit.

Vitamin B6: It boosts melatonin production, a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness. Order a tuna salad cup, bananas, roasted chickpeas or fortified breakfast cereal.

Melatonin: This sleepy-inducing chemical is found in dried cherries, almonds and sunflower seeds. Make a trail mix of the three.

Bonus tips to beat jet lag:

  • Order tomato juice on the plane, since tomatoes have a high melatonin content. Pack sunglasses or an eye cover.
  • With the drying effects of high altitudes, it’s important to stay hydrated to keep fatigue, false hunger and headaches at bay upon landing. Your best bet, besides water: Dehydrated coconut. Or order orange juice for beneficial electrolytes.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…