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Summary: Wouldn't it be nice to always arrive after a long journey like a proverbial Carrie Bradshaw touching down in Paris in the last season of Sex and the City, effortlessly stylish, fresh-faced and full of vigour? In reality, however, we look like we have just been 12 rounds in a boxing ring and it didn't go so well. Travel can be quite brutal on the body and as we get older, it seems that side-effects like jet lag hit us so much harder. But it needn't be that way. Read on to see what you can do to get a leg up on travel, beat those pesky side effects and stay refreshed...

Jet Lag

Anyone who has ever flitted across multiple time zones will tell you what a drag it is. Your internal clock plays rude tricks on you, leaving you feeling tired during the day and alert at night. In a perfect world, we would all take preventative measures against the hurricane that is jet lag, but most of us spend our last few hours before we travel, frantic, trying to meet deadlines and not miss our flights. If you struggle with insomnia, the disruption can be catastrophic to your sleep patterns and can take what feels like a decade to correct.

The Fix

If possible, try to adjust your meal times and bed times towards the time zone you are travelling to a few days in advance. During the journey itself, magnesium is one supplement that will help keep body tension at bay and leave you feeling relaxed enough to sleep -- especially during stressful travel.

The chemical compound NADH occurs naturally in the body and is said to relieve drowsiness and restore balance to mental alertness, energy and even metabolic processes. In a doubleblind placebo trial, results showed that those taking NADH did significantly better in mental alertness tests than the placebo group.

Tired Eyes

Air conditioning can cause tired, dry and puffy eyes. Add the fact that we may actually be sleep deprived and/or tired and well, you get the picture. We look anything but fresh faced.

The Fix

Firstly, drink plenty of water. Skip the booze on long flights and try to get some shut eye. Apply an eye mask before you fly and massage in a good de-puffing cream. If all else fails, there's always concealer or brightening pens.

Poor Leg Circulation

One of the most alarming side-effects of travelling by plane is deep vein thrombosis. It is a serious condition involving blood clots in the legs. These clots can get loose and travel through the blood stream and cause acute health problems. Sitting in a moving object -- plane or car -- for extended periods in the same position puts you at risk.

The fix

Change your sitting position and move around as much as you can. Stretch your legs and feet periodically and get your fluids in. And we do not mean caffeinated or alcoholic fluids. Sorry!

Digestive Distress

When you're far away from home, whether it's for work or play, sticking to your normal routine isn't always a priority or even a possibility. Indulgence, convenience and sometimes expediency take priority and they can really put a spanner in the works. Significant changes in your habits, not drinking enough fluids, not getting enough sleep and just the stress of travel can cause issues -- from constipation to traveller's diarrhoea to the bloats, gas or even heartburn. Fun!

The Fix

One of the best ways to protect your gut when you travel is to take care of your gut flora (good bacteria) by taking probiotics before and during the trip. Upping your intake of fermented foods and drinks such as yogurt and kefir (non-dairy substitutes, if sensitive to dairy), kombucha and sauerkraut can go a long way, but probiotic supplements are easier, more portable and pack a bigger punch.

Having bottled water with you is critical to keeping things moving, staying hydrated and not putting stress on your gut. In some countries, it is wise to avoid drinking tap water at all costs. Digestive enzymes are also a good travel fix to pack. They can fight off intruding bacteria and ease digestive upset resulting from consuming foreign foods. Natural sources of digestive enzymes include pineapples and papaya or paw paw.

Wait! Don't zip up your luggage without these travel gems...

Ultimate Flora Super Critical

This potent probiotic formula can withstand not being refrigerated for up to five days. If you're new to probiotics, start with one much less potent, but definitely start before you travel.

Natural Vitality Calm

This can help release the stress and tension of travelling and restore normal magnesium levels.

Heaven Sent Naturals, Sublingual B12

Taken on daylight landings, this is absorbed through blood vessels under the tongue or in the cheek and bypasses digestion for quick results of mental clarity and long-lasting energy.

Party Smart

If there's a chance you will over-imbibe, this is a must. It'll make your morning better by removing the toxic by-products of alcohol from your body, maintaining a healthy liver function, keeping that hangover at bay.

Institut Esthederm Photo Reverse

This is an ultra-high protection formula that protects your skin by blocking almost all of the sun's radiation and reversing any pigmentation troubles. IE products have tested well on the toxicity scale.

Institut EsthedermUV Cellium

This water-like spray boosts the skin's natural defences, protecting it from environmental aggressors and preventing sun damage and ageing.

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Publication:New African Woman
Date:Aug 18, 2015
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