Our pantry is full of powerful healers. Before reaching in the medicine cabinet try dosing yourself with something from Mother Nature's pharmacy! For today's blog I thought I'd address a common complaint for on-th-go, popular motivational speakers (and other travelers): jet lag.
Pucker up! Tart cherries – not to be confused with sweet varieties like Bing – and their juice can help counteract one of the pitfalls of air travel (you're still on your own when it comes to fighting for the armrest). The fruit is an edible source of melantonin, a hormone that assists in resetting your sleep and wake cycles so you're tired when it gets dark and ready to crow when the sun rises.
How to: The day of your flight, eat a handful of dried tart cherries or down a 4 oz. glass of 100% tart cherry juice. Do the same after dark for the first couple of days at your destination. Bonus: The vitamin A in tart cherries can bolster your immune health, which is also beneficial when spending time on a plane. Other ways to dose yourself: Toss into yogurt, granola and pilafs; mix the juice into a smoothie or with club soda.
But don't think you have to wait until you're "leaving on a jet plane" (summer church camp, 1969) to enjoy these tart little benefits. Include them in your weekly meals and snacks as a delicious food booster! BTW, you can find tart cherries and juice in most major supermarkets, health food stores and on line.
Stay tuned for more pantry pharmacy tips!