Would You Try the Queen's Strange-Sounding Jet Lag Remedy? An Expert Reveals How it Works

Would You Try the Queen's Strange-Sounding Jet Lag Remedy? An Expert Reveals How it Works

Bonus: It's cheap and (maybe?) delicious.

By Karen Gardiner
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Many a jetsetter has his or her own preferred method for combatting the unpleasant side effects of crossing time zones — from Rhianna's IV drip to Naomi Harris' "absolute must" practice of "grounding" (i.e: walking barefoot). While Chrissy Teigen's choice of "bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sammy + [Below Deck]" gets a definite thumbs up from us, we're willing to entertain any alternative suggestions that promise to banish the unpleasant effects of long-distance travel, especially when they come from one of the best-traveled heads of state in history.

Queen Elizabeth II has visited more than 120 countries on more than 270 foreign trips, none of which allowed for much napping/bleary-eyed recovery time, so we're confident she knows a thing or two about keeping jet lag at bay. According to the Telegraph, which unearthed an old interview with her majesty, her method is a simple one: She takes unspecified "homeopathic medicines" and barley sugar.

While her preferred way of taking the barley sugar is not revealed, we're going to guess that she keeps a few barley sugar candies (an old-timey hard-boiled candy) in her handbag, but she may also choose to drink it from a bottle of Robinson's, the quintessential English fruit drink brand favored by Wimbledon tennis players.

But does it work, and if so, how? “Carrying out your daily habits like eating and sleeping in line with your new destination's time zone — both en-route and on arrival — helps re-synchronise our body clock to our new environment,” Dr. Nick Knight, who has a specialist interest in lifestyle medicine, told the Telegraph. “What the Queen is doing by having barley sugar is essentially using her body’s sugar metabolic pathways to help adjust her body clock.”

Which is really a more convenient and less time-consuming way of adjusting your meal times to match your destination before you get there by kickstarting the metabolism and helping you to get hungry at the right times of day, which, in turn, sets your body clock on track.

A jet lag cure that is cheap, sweet, easy, and endorsed by royalty? We'll happily give this one a shot.

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