Two things we love to travel: indulge in new treatments and take a few days (or weeks) away from the gym. The rest is wondering, giving your mind and body a much needed break, but neglecting healthy foods and exercise can also take its toll on your body. All of this leads to digestive problems and things like bloating and constipation that are really not what you need on your tropical vacation or city break.
Is the travel cause softening?
It is no coincidence that we tend to be bloated when we travel – but why does that happen? Part of that is thinking, says registered dietician Anna Kippen, MS, LDN, from Cleveland Clinic Wellness. "Going on holiday is exciting and I think we all know the catch phrase:" It's a holiday, eat what you want! "She said to POPSUGAR." Too often, it leads to overindulging in alcohol and a variety of foods that are rich in carbohydrates, fat and refined sugars. "
And while exploring new flavors and foods, one of The best part of going somewhere new, this experiment can also lead you to discover food allergies and intolerances that can lead to bloating, Anna said. Plus, it's the fact that you're probably not moving or training so much Rest and rest are important, but as Anna told POPSUGAR, "this decrease in physical activity adversely affects our digestive hygiene, which increases the chance that we get flushed."
And what about air travel? Sitting on a plane, especially for a long time, can actually increase your chances of feeling bloated, Anna said. "For one thing, the tight seats are not always left with the option of exercise or a good ride" that can relieve bloating symptoms R, she told POPSUGAR.You can also be exposed to plane meals or snacks that you are not used to and can cause bloating or digestive problems. And above all, you are also in a dry environment with low air pressure. Drinking carbonated beverages such as sodas in that situation can easily lead to bloating, Anna said. "When we go higher in the atmosphere, gas will expand and cause an increase in air in our digestive system," she explained. "This can be very unpleasant and a common cause of bloating on airplanes."
How to get rid of the flare when traveling
Anna suggested a few simple things to do if the flare causes discomfort, whether you are on the plane, in the car or sitting by the beach.
- Take trips on the plane. Would you like to relieve the flare on the plane? Get up, stretch your legs, and take short walks to help. Anna only recommended to go to the toilet a few extra times to relieve discomfort.
- Pack healthy snacks for flights and car trips. "Giving healthy snacks like unsalted nuts, a crushing apple or some fried chickpeas can go a long way," Anna POPSUGAR said. They help you become full so you don't have to reach for salt, potentially unhealthy flying snacks that can cause dehydration and bloating.
- Take probiotics. "Getting enough probiotics can be very useful to make sure your digestive system works smoothly before boarding a flight," Anna said. Her favorite way of doing this is to drink kefir, a fermented milk drink that looks like a thin yogurt, but you can also use probiotic supplements like these or eat some other probiotic stuffed foods like yogurt.
- Avoid carbonated, alcoholic or caffeinated beverages on the plane. Hydrocarbons can cause bloating, while caffeinated and alcoholic beverages dehydrate you, none of which are good when traveling by plane, Anna POPSUGAR said. Pass them on for at least a few hours before you get on your plane as well.
- Eat veggie-filled snacks. Anna's tip for ensuring veggie consumption: "The purpose of trying new things during meals and saving snacks for your favorite fresh vegetables." Vegetables are high in fiber and filling, which can help prevent overeating of indulgent foods while promoting healthy digestion, Anna said. She recommended convenient snacks such as carrots or mini cucumbers.
- Get hydrated. "Dehydration is one of the leading causes of constipation that I see in my patients every day," Anna said. Keep a glass of water or a full bottle nearby at all times, especially if you are dealing with heat, humidity or air dry air. And Anna reminded us that alcohol can also dehydrate. You can still have the margarita, but she recommended pairing it with a glass of lemon water "to prevent dehydration, constipation and ultimately bloating."
- Practice when (and how) you can. "Exercise is really important for our digestive hygiene and can help with regularity as many people experience constipation on vacation," Anna said. You don't have to go to the gym every day of your vacation; Get some physical activity all day. Take a walk or hike or jump over the car and see a few sights on foot to keep your digestive system feeling good.
If you experience prolonged periods of bloating or want to have a negative impact on your life, Anna recommended seeing a doctor or dietician to identify your triggers and find a healthy lifestyle that works for you, whether you are on travel or at home. Do you want more tips to relieve flare? We have lots. Check out these 10 gastroenterologist-approved strategies you can try right now.
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