“Since jet lag comes from changes to the body’s circadian rhythms by crossing three or more time zones, the goal is to minimize the effects of these disruptions to the body’s biological clock,” says Craig Tanio, MD, co-founder of Rezilir Health and chairman of Maryland Healthcare Commission. Dr. Tanio points out that the pineal gland—located at the base of the brain—is what sets the circadian rhythms. It is extremely sensitive to light, especially from the outdoors. “Be sure to go outdoors after you land—in the afternoon when traveling west and in the morning when heading east— so the natural light can help your body clock adjust.”
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