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wellness Jet lag can take its toll on our bodies, minds and spirits in our fast-paced, travel-happy world, but luckily Haitham Khalid owner of Fitness With Food wants to help! Haitham has given us key tips to keeping yourself well while travelling.

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Hydrate Yourself! Haitham’s top tip is ensuring hydration and he says that it should be your top priority when dealing with jet lag. This means drinking lots of water and electrolyte drinks like coconut water during, before and after your flight. Also while on the flight, avoid those salty snacks; though the chips may look tempting the sodium contained in those chips will only add to your dehydration.

KEEP WELL WHEN YOU

TRAVEL By Haitham Khalid, Combination Trainer at Fitness with Food

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We all know how it goes with jet lag. You’re somewhere new and exciting, somewhere worth all of the hours and stress of travelling and… you’re exhausted. Or perhaps you’ve finally arrived home after a long vacation and instead of being able to dive back into your real life, your energy is sapped by fatigue or dehydration.

Feed Your Body & Your Skin Well

What goes into your body is obviously an important element in how you feel. Haitham suggests consuming nutrient-rich foods and drinks when fighting jet lag to help your body recover. Proteinrich food can often give you that extra kick you need to feel better. As a quick protein-rich meal try cooking chickpeas and dress with some lemon, garlic, olive oil and mint and serve with some grilled chicken breast that have been marinated in a little bit of saffron, chopped black olives and chili if you want to spice things up a bit. He also says concocting your own special “anti-jet lag juice” is helpful. Try a combination of kale, carrots, apples and pumpkin seeds - these ingredients are universally considered excellent jet lag fighters - for a super juice!

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Sleep Enough Most of us know that getting our “beauty sleep” is essential for feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning, but quality of sleep is also crucial for recovering from jet lag. Getting enough sleep (at least eight hours every night and slightly more when you have been deprived) will help you avoid the sluggishness and irritable feeling that you may have after travelling as a result of lack of sleep.

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