Hey, this is getting there with Mike and Amy. And we are a travel podcast for the health minded nomads and entrepreneurs.
Amy Nubson 0:20
How would you like to regain a day of travel by hacking jetlag? That’s what we’re going to be talking about today because everybody that goes more than a couple hours sometimes feel a little groggy, either there or back. And Mike has found some great ways that are free or almost free in order to get rid of that jet lag faster so you can enjoy your travel. So Mike, how how did you figure this out?
Mike Bruce 0:47
Well, so to be honest, I just stole it all from other people. That’s just how I figure out all my things. You know, I just, I listene to a million other podcast. I have a few people that I really trust. And when they say something works, I experiment with it myself and kind of do some tweaks here and there. But that’s generally, that’s generally my life as a, as an educator is just stealing what I learned from other people’s and
Amy Nubson 1:15
And then make that your own. I love it.
Mike Bruce 1:16
And making it my own. Yeah, so. So let’s just jump right in here. So one of the best ways to really reduce the amount of jet lag you have, especially going from, you know, overseas, crossing the pond. The best way is really start with a healthy diet. And so this isn’t like, you know, jump right in, I’m going to I’m going to make this healthy diet change in one day. This is something you can kind of plan on for a couple weeks. And if you’ve ever heard the term ketogenic diet, ketosis, it’s a way of eating that’s really low in sugar, but it allows your body to really reduce inflammation. So it’s, it’s a good tool. You don’t have to do this all the time, but it’s a good tool to remove the sugar out of your diet, you know, lean up for vacation, and then while you’re on your way to vacation, it actually helps to reduce your inflammation. So I don’t have to go into how to get into ketosis, but essentially, you just don’t eat any carbs and sugar, you eat a little higher fat and some protein, and you do that for upwards of a week and you’ll be ready to go. And, and that does so many different things from reducing inflammation to allowing you to skip meals. So when you travel, if you skip meals that can help you also reset your circadian rhythm. So there’s a number of things this really helps with but the biggest one is honestly the cankles. And no one wants cankles. They’re the worst. And, and I’ve told the story before and I’ll tell it again, Kim almost died in Ireland because she looked down her first day at her cankles and a big double decker bus almost took her head off because she was leaning forward to look at her cankles. So if you don’t want to die from cankles go keto.
Amy Nubson 3:01
Mike Bruce 3:02
The worst, and so, so that’s just the number one and it just makes number two easier for you. Number two on this list would be fasting while you fly. This also helps reduce the inflammation, but it also keeps you away from eating the terrible airline food, eating the the Auntie Anne’s pretzels at the airport and all the junk foods at the airport. If you just tell yourself, no, I’m fasting until I get to the location I’m going, then you avoid all of these terrible things, which reduces inflammation. But most importantly, when you eat at, say you land at 10am, and your first meal at your new location is is lunch. When you eat at lunchtime, that starts to reset your circadian rhythm to the new location you’re at. So just eating in time with the new location sets your circadian rhythm. And there’s people who will actually start that a day or two prior to leaving, but that’s a really difficult thing being that you know, you’re out of, your sleeps different and everything here. It’s hard to eat in alignment with another location. So, so yeah, get into ketosis number one. Number two, fast while you fly. That circadian rhythm thing is terrific. Not everybody can fast while you fly. So what I’ll do is I recommend people use some, you know, high fat or protein treats like nut butters or, even you can take a hard boiled egg or two with you, you can take some some jerkys that are low sugar, but my favorite thing actually to help me fast longer is I use, if you ever heard of bulletproof coffee. It’s just fat and like coconut oil or MCT oil, blended up. So I’ll drink that the morning of and that helps to curb hunger and it helps you get into ketosis. And the other thing I do is I take instant coffee with me on the plane, because coffee cuts your hunger. So that’s a big one to help you fast. And number three. This also helps with fasting on the plane or just helps in general, drink plenty of water, but don’t drink too much water. Do you know why you would not want to drink too much water?
Amy Nubson 5:13
Oh my gosh you wouldn’t want to go the bathroom. That’s my greatest fear is like having to go like three or four times on a plane.
Mike Bruce 5:20
Yeah so and that’s horrible who wants to be the person in the middle seat that has to crawl over someone every two seconds to go pee You know?
Amy Nubson 5:28
And every time you do you have to go there seems to be like a huge line here like seriously?
Mike Bruce 5:32
Yeah. Or you start to get up and they put the seatbelt sign on and you’re like son of a gun.
Amy Nubson 5:38
You’re just like okay, it’s like 20 minutes.
Mike Bruce 5:42
My Favorite is, they’re like, we’ll be landing soon and you’re like no, you’re landing in a half hour. Why can’t we just get up? So or like a landing in an hour and a half? I mean not you know.
Amy Nubson 5:51
Exactly. This is not a comfortable way to go to the bathroom.
Mike Bruce 5:55
Or you always hit the, you start hitting… it gets bumpy when you’re in bathroom and for a guy, that means you’re like holding onto the wall while you’re trying not to pee everywhere. It can be fun, it can be a game, but
Amy Nubson 6:10
Mike Bruce 6:10
So, so we drink more water so that we have, so we’re hydrated you know so that your body can deal with the toxins and damaging effects of traveling, because it’s high radiation in an airplane. That’s just that simple. And there’s bad air you’re breathing and other fumes from the exhaust and things. So drinking water helps with that. Plus you get, you do get dehydrated on a plane. And a trick I have, if I find that I’m just chugging water, chugging water and I can’t seem to get rid of that thirst. What I find that actually is is an electrolyte problem. So I always carry like sea salt with me, some kind of sea salt or Redmond Real Salt, and I’ll just throw a couple chunks in my mouth or sprinkle it in my water and almost immediately that thirst goes away. So keep your electrolytes up on a plane, as well, and you will feel so much better. And again, for some people, I know you’re different than me, but for some people, a lot of people, a little extra salt will help keep the cankles down as well. Not everybody though, so if you know you don’t handle salt well, then you don’t want to do a lot of salt.
Amy Nubson 7:16
Mike Bruce 7:16
Yes, yes. But it’s like, you got that choice to make though. You got the balance between like, I’m just so thirsty I’m gonna pee every two seconds or, man, I gotta cut this thirst down.
Amy Nubson 7:28
And there is something to it, like, you can always do a little bit of like liquid minerals. I do some electrolyte type minerals. Something like that would be just as beneficial.
Mike Bruce 7:39
Amy Nubson 7:40
Mike Bruce 7:41
Yeah, it really would so. So that’s a huge help. The one positive to getting up and pee every 20 minutes is my next step is to get up and stretch every hour or so. If it’s a nine hour flight, you want to be up and stretching probably four to five times. It seems like a lot. But if you’re sleeping, who cares, but you know as soon as you wake up get up, stretch. You can be that crazy yoga lady who’s, you know, like just facing away her, butt is facing everyone, she’s bending over being the weirdo. She’s like 90 and you’re like wow, she’s really fit but you could sit down now lady.
Amy Nubson 8:18
I know. I’m always impressed. There’s always that flight with that one person that’s like, doesn’t seem to notice there’s anybody else on the plane.
Mike Bruce 8:25
Yeah, it’s amazing.
Amy Nubson 8:27
Just that confidence, It’s awesome.
Mike Bruce 8:29
I know. I know I’m pretty confident nowadays compared to what I used to be but I am not that guy. So what my wife and I do is we go back to the back of the plane. The women in the back of the plane, the flight attendants, the, not just women, but you know, the flight attendants in the plane, they don’t care if you’re back there stretching. They don’t want you hanging out there for an hour, but they expect people to be back there stretching on long flights. So we go back and we spend about 10 to 15 minutes, Kim and I, my wife, just hanging out. We will squat down real low and push our hips out to the side. You know push our knees out to stretch our hips. We will stretch our arms, stretch our sides. We’ll twist, we’ll, you know, stretch our calves out a lot. Whatever we can, we make it a long, minimum five minutes, up to 10 or 15 of just getting some movement even. You don’t even have to stretch.
Amy Nubson 9:22
And the best thing is I was taught to do that prior to getting on just before the plane, like when it starts to load, to start stretching before getting on the plane. And it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to do it right after you get off to. Cause it’s always like a mad rush to the bag claim, right? But you still sit there and wait. And by that time you’re in a crowd of people so you couldn’t stretch so why not.
Mike Bruce 9:44
Yeah, yep, I agree
Amy Nubson 9:45
Get off, stretch a little bit and then go get your bags.
Mike Bruce 9:48
Yeah, yeah, certainly that I mean, like why not? Right. So it’s just really, a really big thing for for moving the limph We have limph in our bodies and the only way to get the limph to circulate, and the limph is what circulates fat and it circulates toxins and detoxes you. The only way that moves is when you move. It’s not like our blood circulation where it just pumps all the time. You actually have to move for your limp to go.
Amy Nubson 10:15
And if you’re like me every time I try to walk fast my legs cramp up. So running through the airport is usually a very uncomfortable situation for me. And so I typically try now the night before, the morning, like when I wake up I stretch. I stretch as much as I possibly can because I know I’m gonna like shin splints, and I’m like, yeah, it’s not fun.
Mike Bruce 10:39
We were talking right before we started, I just hate moving in an airport so I am practically running and you know I walk fast from when we are together. I run in an airport without actually running. I could be like an Olympic speed walker. And even Kim, my wife, who walks real fast, she does not keep up with well I just want to get where I’m going.
Amy Nubson 11:03
She could get one of those baby leashes and be like pulling you back like, wait for me.
Mike Bruce 11:08
Yeah, that’s not a bad idea.
Amy Nubson 11:10
Pull the reigns so you don’t get lost.
Mike Bruce 11:13
Yeah. So the next couple things, these are things that cost a couple bucks but like, it just helps you out on a plane. If you get motion sickness but you like to read, they make ginger tabs. So on this on this podcast we do our best to do all natural things. We try to stay away from medications and over the counter pills, however, ginger tablets, we all know ginger is great for motion sickness, so they make tablets that are ginger, might be a touch of molasses or honey. I’ve seen ones that use alternative sweeteners. Just a couple bucks online. You grab those, it’s like a lozenge and you just, you just put that in your mouth when you think you might be in a situation that you are getting, you know a little dizzy or whatever it may be, a little sick from from trying to read on the plane, and that does wonders and you’ve dealt with us to having you?
Amy Nubson 12:17
Yes, I do deal with a lot of travel sickness, I have since I was a kid. It’s gotten a little better as an adult, but if there’s any kind of turbulence I am not the one that looks great after that situation. And then I’m popping those ginger pills and I do sometimes, will have Dramamine with me, in case it’s really bad and I have to. Because I don’t want to be that person either that, you know,
Mike Bruce 12:46
yeah. You don’t want to have to use the bag in front.
Amy Nubson 12:49
Yeah, exactly like, that’s not gonna happen, if I can help it. I’ve never had to. But those ginger things are so great. And I do it on takeoff and landing as well, just to kind of get me set right away. And then usually I don’t need it again, unless there is turbulence.
Mike Bruce 13:07
Yeah. And they just taste good too. It’s like a nice little treat, that’s not going to knock you out of ketosis for the most part, even with that little bit of honey. So they’re really nice.
Amy Nubson 13:16
And they’re just easy to keep in your pocket, so you don’t have to be digging for them either.
Mike Bruce 13:19
Yeah, yeah. And another thing, because you are at 30,000 feet altitude, you know, our bodies, especially our gut bacteria, they don’t understand how to how to deal with that. And I’ve actually heard that, essentially, your gut bacteria can start exploding because, you know, it doesn’t understand, it doesn’t equal out on that pressure. So like, even though the planes pressurized, it still is worse pressure, it’s a different pressure than what our bodies are used to. So I don’t know if that’s accurate. We should probably look into that before I call it fact, but it’s a fun little myth to lie about.
Amy Nubson 13:59
Well and it’s amazing what it does to your ears, you know, so I imagined why not to your stomach? Another little thing that I do, because I do have sensitive ears, I have those earplugs that are made for planes. All I do is put them on for, again takeoff and landing, and it helps so much because I know some people can like chew gum and like pop their ears. That’s never really worked for me. But I know they’re supposed to be like one time use but I use them like multiple flights.
Mike Bruce 14:26
I had a pair of those for a long time. So
Amy Nubson 14:29
It’s just me so yeah, I wouldn’t share them with somebody. But yeah, they’re great and they’re inexpensive. Again, you stick them in your pocket, take it out when you need. Sometimes I leave them in too because the noise of the plane is so irritating. It’s just kind of nice to not have that hum the whole time.
Mike Bruce 14:46
Yeah, I agree. I agree. And what I was saying about the gut bacteria is one of the great ways to help mitigate, because you can get gassy, you can get crampy from being in a plane. If any of you’ve ever noticed you just don’t feel good in a plan, it may be the snacks you’re eating but very likely it’s because your body is just not handling things well and there’s die off of the gut bacteria. That’s not a good thing. And if you take activated charcoal, you can find almost any brand online for real cheap, activated charcoal every every hour so and then a probiotic of some sort every hour or so. You know, not at the same time. You want to take them separately. But those two things, and you don’t even have to take it that much, just once or twice during the flight, will really, really mitigate stomach discomfort that happens on a plane. So if that rings true to you give that a try and you will be so grateful that an $8 bottle of activated charcoal helps out. And then also when you get somewhere and if you’re drinking too much, or if you’re drinking anything or if you’re eating at a restaurant that might be, you know, some ingredients in the food that don’t really agree with you, activated charcoal helps a ton with that too. So you can use that for all sorts of things when you travel.
Amy Nubson 16:00
And then our last tip, isn’t it the putting your feet on the ground?
Mike Bruce 16:04
Yeah, my last two of my last tips are, it’s a kind of a two fold thing. These are my favorite. I do these on a daily basis, as much as I can. Put your feet on the ground, barefoot on the ground on, specifically, if you can get on grass, on dirt, or even in the ocean or water, as soon as you land, it will, it’ll help reset your circadian rhythm better than anything else on this list. It’s really crazy, but the earth has certain frequency for certain times of the day. So if you’re four o’clock in London or four o’clock in Pittsburgh, you’re going to have a very similar frequency. If it’s, you know, 8am in Pittsburgh and 4pm in London, that’s a different frequency. So when you land, you want your body to reset to that frequency as soon as possible. So touch The earth for at least 20 minutes, as best you can. If you can’t touch the earth, go try and find a tree and literally just lean up against the tree, put your hands on the tree, that’ll kind of do the same thing. That’s like part one of this one. And then part two is actually, first thing in the morning, as soon as you wake up, go and sit in the sunshine, that early morning sunshine, it actually hits the atmosphere differently, and it’ll block out some of the UV rays. And if it’s the first 40 minutes of sunlight, you can actually look into the sunlight for you know, 20 or 30 seconds at a time. And that will help reset your circadian rhythm as well. But you can do that anytime in the morning. Just get sunlight. And those two things along with eating when you get to the location at the time of your next meal. Those three things are some of the best things you can do for your circadian rhythm. So it’s just unbelievable that that they’re free. Everybody on the on the planet can do these things. And they make an amazing difference. And not just for, not just for travel and for jetlag, but this is for everyday life. You start doing, you start to put your feet on the ground for 20 or 30 minutes, every morning every night, and you start to get sunlight as best you can, you know, a couple times a day and you will notice huge changes in your health.
Amy Nubson 18:24
It’s one of my favorite things to do. I mean, I grew up in the country, so I always went barefoot everywhere. You know, as an adult, you kind of forget that you can still do that a little bit. I do remember a trip that I went to Hawaii and that was one of the first things I did in the next morning, because you fly in Hawaii, it’s always dark. So the next morning as a rooster wakes me up, you know, love that about Kuwait. You’re like, where am ? Yeah. So a rooster wakes you up and you know it’s time the sun’s coming up. It’s such a great way to just go outside, you know, go barefoot, see the sun and the ocean at the same time. It’s such a magical thing. My favorite things in Hawaii are, you know, seeing the bend of the earth and the sky at night and the early morning? That’s the best time in Hawaii. But yeah, it’s just enjoying nature again, but be careful. I do remember one time we talked about, you know, I had a trip down to Florida. My very first one, got out of the car and landed in some fire ants.
Mike Bruce 19:31
Amy Nubson 19:33
Those things really do hurt. Especially when you’re from the Midwest, you’re like, what is going on? You know? What did I do to piss these ants off? You don’t have to do anything. You literally just have to be by them.
Mike Bruce 19:46
If you are city folk, and you’ve touched dirt for a long time, you gotta make sure, and Amy’s not bad. That’s the funny part. That’s great
Amy Nubson 19:57
Just a totally different environment. So just make sure it’s safe as well, but typically it should be.
Mike Bruce 20:03
Yeah. And the fun thing is if you look at any culture, especially like indigenous cultures, the healing times of the day, are early morning and like, so dusk and dawn. Those are healing healing times of the day, and it’s because the earth is telling you to wake up, it’s telling you to go to bed. So it’s literally timing things for you. It’s just so neat. So even with those fire ants, even with that, that might ruin your sleep a little bit, but
Amy Nubson 20:32
I have to admit, I learned what fire ant mounds were and even when I go south now it’s like, oh, those are termite mounds. There’s just certain things to stay away from.
Mike Bruce 20:41
Yeah. And so one of my favorite ways to get people to realize if grounding really works significantly for you, is if somebody just has general pain all the time, and I asked them, how do you feel when you go to the beach and you just hang out in the water for an hour, you know, whatever. Whatever it is that you’re your pain is, Does it go away when you’re at the beach in the water? And almost everyone says yes, like I’m totally pain free when I’m in the water. That’s because the water is the most conductive thing, salt water, especially, is the most conductive thing we have on this planet, more so than just touching the earth even. And it’s touching, it’s not just touching the base of your feet, it’s touching up your legs, your whole body. It is grounding your entire body and letting your body exchange, so we actually steal negative electrons from the earth, which is how a battery charges. So that’s a really cool thing, right? So our battery charges by touching the earth, and it reduces the static electric that we have built up from walking with rubber shoes, and all these different things. And all of these things combined reduce inflammation, and it helps blood flow, increase blood flow. That’s incredible. That’s actually how our bodies heal.
Amy Nubson 21:48
And it’s kind of explains why all of us are naturally drawn to somewhere with water as a vacation. I mean, that’s usually where we want to go.
Mike Bruce 21:57
Yeah, sunlight, and water, right?
Amy Nubson 21:59
Yeah or a Lake or somewhere. We want to go by water.
Mike Bruce 22:04
Or the top of a mountain, like, just as close as you can get to the sun. You know, it’s it’s one of those things.
Amy Nubson 22:09
Exactly. It’s just those few things that you’re just always drawn to and it’s always magical when you get there. I know that for me, that’s why I love going to Alabama cuz their beaches are beautiful, and not very populated, so you get to enjoy it. And I’m always like, I know, I’m the crazy Northerner that’s sitting there with my socks off, and I’m like, in my shorts on in January, and I’m like, in the water, and they’re like, Oh my god, you’re insane. I’m like,
Mike Bruce 22:33
They’re in there in turtlenecks and your in…
Amy Nubson 22:36
Yeah, they’re in winter coats. And I’m like, Oh, no, this fine!
Mike Bruce 22:40
This is amazing.
Amy Nubson 22:42
Exactly. I don’t get this every day. You know? We enjoy the water whenever possible, and, like you said, we have our feet in the water, even if it’s just a little bit. It’s always there.
Mike Bruce 22:54
Yeah, what a difference.
Amy Nubson 22:56
Stress relieving, it’s great.
Mike Bruce 22:58
Yeah, yeah. And when our body reduces inflammation, when it reduces static charge, and it increases the energy that it has like a battery, your stress just starts, if it doesn’t go away, you’re able to handle it better because your body has more energy to handle the stress, which is. I mean, I could talk for two hours on touching the earth and how in love with it I am. So it’s a cool thing. But I think we’ve covered some great topics here that are mostly free and really do a great job. Amy, I think you are going to be putting together a list of things that both of us like to do that actually do cost some money for people along with, you know, the list that we have, that we went over here, but they’ll be able to find that on our website. And we’ll have that in the in the show notes. Correct?
Amy Nubson 23:45
Correct. Yeah, I’ll just have like a downloadable PDF created, just kind of recapping some of the things we talked about today. And some of the things that you do, Mike does a lot of research on these products and finds like the best quality he can, so thats why we wanted to share those with you if you want to buy the activated charcoal, which one does he recommend? Again, you can choose any one you want. This is just based on Mike’s research and I know how picky you are.
Mike Bruce 24:13
Amy Nubson 24:15
So we’re just going to share that just for you to be a little bit easier to find it.
Mike Bruce 24:20
And really exciting, today is the day before Thanksgiving that we’re recording this and there are a lot of Black Friday sales that start early, especially in the health industry. So I am dropping cash like crazy on all my favorite things. And then I buy enough of them that I don’t have to really worry about them for all my travel throughout the year. But I only use them for travel or for very special occasions. So that way i’m just set up for the rest of the year. It might cost me a couple hundred bucks for the whole year of travel, maybe even two years of travels. I’ll buy enough of enough of things. And it’s so cool to just walk in the pantry and be like, oh man, I’m so good for the next three trips, you know. So that’s always a good tip, you know buy things on sale.
Amy Nubson 25:04
Sale is always good.
Mike Bruce 25:05
Yeah. Well, let’s finish this up. Amy, it’s always great talking with you and you guys want to reach out to us. Our information is in the show notes and
Amy Nubson 25:18
and our website is travelwithmikeandamy.com, so if you ever want to get some of the additional information, that’s where you’ll find it.
Mike Bruce 25:27
Yep. And everybody, thank you so much for tuning in. And if you made it this far through the podcast, we really appreciate it and this is “Gettin There” with Mike and Amy
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