To Beat Jet Lag, Skip Airline Food

Fasting can help reset your internal clock, study says
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2008 7:05 AM CDT
To Beat Jet Lag, Skip Airline Food
New research suggests in-flight meals contribute to jet lag and it's better to fast on board and eat on landing.   (Getty Images)

Jet lag can be beaten—if passengers avoid airline food, new research suggests. The timing of meals has a profound effect on the body's internal rhythms, and passengers who go without for a while—keeping the body's "food-related clock" in check—can dodge much of the exhausting effects of jet lag, reports the Daily Telegraph.

"A period of fasting for about 16 hours is enough to engage this new clock," said the lead researcher. "Simply avoiding any food on the plane, and then eating as soon as you land, should help you to adjust—and avoid some of the uncomfortable feelings of jet lag." (More jet lag stories.)

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