Nearly 171 million travelers got on a plane in the United States last summer. This may be the season of mandatory relaxing, yet air travel -- with all its attendant stresses -- can be anything but. And once you reach your destination, your journey to vacation bliss could be held up by stomach bugs and jet lag.
To get you flying the friendly skies as calmly and easily as George Clooney in "Up in the Air," we interviewed several experts about what they recommend -- from supplements to relaxation techniques -- for a more peaceful, healthful journey.
Roberta Lee, M.D., vice chair, Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center
Alison Sinatra, senior yoga teacher at Kula Yoga Project in New York City
Katherine Tallmadge, registered dietitian in Washington, D.C., and author of "Diet Simple"
If you change time zones, Lee says, you can reset your body clock by taking 1 to 3 milligrams of melatonin -- a hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycle -- 30 minutes before bedtime. When you wake up, look at the sun for 10 minutes. This will send a message to the part of the brain that coordinates the body's rhythms through changes in lighting detected by the eyes.