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Beat Jet Leg By Avoiding Meal

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Travelers and shift time workers can survive jet lag symptoms by avoiding meals.

Travelers usually have problems when traveling between different time-zone countries, and shift workers also have similar difficulties because of unsociable hours. They usually feel uncomfortable and jet legged. This new study comes with a discovery on how to ease these symptoms.

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Harvard University conducted a study on mice with Bmal1 gene missing, which is responsible for the main clock. By turning the gene on in different parts of brain one by one, the researchers detected the area of brain - dorsomedial nucleus - which is the 'feeding clock' holder.

The study suggests that they have a so-called 'feeding clock' - when animals are hungry, this clock turns the main clock down and animals go asleep only after finding food.

An area in brain - suprachiasmatic nucleus - holds the main biological clock controlling our daily activity of sleeping, eating, metabolism, and resting. This clock is being frequently affected by conditions, such as 'insomnia, depression, heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders'. The main clock is very sensitive to daylight. Feeding clock itself is sensible to food consumption.

Therefore, if 'jet lag' sufferers adjust their meal times to traveling and working hours, they can significantly improve the symptoms. For example, travelers can avoid meals during the flight and eat just after they arrive. The same can work for shift workers.