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How to Beat Jet Lag

So it's been a couple of days since you came back from your summer vacation on the other side of the world and you're having trouble getting back into the swing of things. You're groggy, not in the mood for your favorite chili cheese fries, and falling asleep during the day while staying wide awake at night... what's going on? Well, you've got jet lag. Find out what it is, why it happens and what you can do to beat it!

What Is It Jet Lag?

Jet lag is a temporary physical condition that's caused by traveling across time zones. Jet lag is usually why you feel tired and disoriented after you step off the plane.

What Causes Jet Lag?

Your body produces a hormone called melatonin, but it's only produced at night, so it's kind of like your body's way of telling you it's time to go to bed. When you travel across time zones, say from London to California, your circadian rhythm (your body's internal 24-hour clock) goes out of sync with the local time and gets confused with the light and dark cycles. So you could get tired and want to sleep during the day, and be wide-eyed and energetic at night when you should be sleeping. It usually takes a few days for your body to catch up and adjust to the new time zone, usually one day per time zone.

What Are the Symptoms?

How Can You Beat It?

Beat jet lag before it even has a chance to get you down by taking off your shoes as soon as you get on the plane. The low air pressure on board and the lack of circulation from sitting for long periods of time without moving will make your feet swell. So put on those new slippers that are provided underneath your seat, and walk around and stretch as much as possible. Also, skip the airplane food! It's usually high in fat, salt and sugar, and low in carbs. Stay away from caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea and pop, and stick to water, lots of water! Once you land and arrive home, you should try to force yourself to stay awake until your usual bedtime. If you sleep when it gets dark - and not when you get tired - your jet lag should go away by the next day.

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  • Do something active, like play sports.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Take a cold shower.
  • Nothing - it'll go away eventually.

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labimba
labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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