Traveling to a new time zone is rough, and holidays are not about being wide awake in the middle of the night, or forcing your eyelids to stay open when you've got a whole day ahead of you. If you want to maximize your time, you need to beat your jet-lag ASAP—these foods will help get you on track.
To help reset your biological clock and adjust to a new time zone, you need to keep your insulin levels elevated. Foods that are rich in carbohydrates can induce insulin secretion, so if you're landing around breakfast time, choose a healthy source of carbs, like oats.
Conversely, if you're arriving around lunch or dinner time, you're going to want to carb-load as well, but keep it healthy by choosing a whole grain, low-GI carb, like quinoa, brown rice, or sweet potatoes.
Cherries are one of the only natural sources of the hormone melatonin, which will help reset your body's clock.
Before you go to sleep, snack on goji berries. They can enhance the quality of your sleep, which is crucial if you want to beat jet lag ASAP.
Ginger is another source of melatonin, so travel with a few bags of ginger tea when adjusting to a new time zone.
Thanks to the potassium and natural sugar in bananas, you can get a boost of energy and help sustain your blood sugar if you're crashing.
Your body needs protein, along with carbs, to keep your energy levels stable, but the type of protein you choose is key. Fatty proteins will drain your energy and make you sleepy, so stick to leaner meats, like chicken and fish.
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One of the most important things you can do to beat jet lag is stay hydrated, so opt for hydrating, water-rich foods like celery, watermelon, strawberries, and cucumbers.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
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