Traveling This Summer? Dont Get Derailed By Digestive Distress
Summer is here — and for many, long weekends and sweltering temps inspire wanderlust and a sudden urge to relax on a far-away beach with a frosty beverage. While traveling is a great way to renew and recharge, the long flights, time zone changes, and disruption of typical diet and exercise schedules can be anything but relaxing, and can even cause digestive discomfort.
“It is tempting to throw routine out the window while traveling, whether it is to sleep in and skip a morning workout, to choose dehydrating beverages over water, or to grab fast food or a high-calorie dinner out instead of what you’d normally choose,” says leading gastroenterologist Cynthia Yoshida, MD. “Unfortunately, doing this can cause unpleasant digestive problems, from bikini bloat to occasional constipation.”
Fortunately, there are some easy tricks that travelers can use to help keep digestive distress from ruining a trip.
Dehydration can quickly throw your system out of sorts, so be sure to drink sufficient fluids when on the road. Take a reusable water bottle with you, and fill it with a non-carbonated and nonalcoholic beverage such as water or unsweetened iced tea that is caffeine free.
Dine Before You Depart
From greasy airport pizza to mayo-laden in-flight sandwiches, air travel can be the most difficult time to get a decent meal. Many airports are now adding natural food stores to the concourse. Try to find one and pick up a selection of healthy, high-fiber snacks before boarding to stave off temptation. Try whole-grain granola bars.
Get A Move On
Even if you are pressed for time, try to find a way to incorporate light to moderate exercise into your routine. If you are experiencing digestive discomfort, jump-start your metabolism before heading out to start your day with a short burst of exercise, such as a walk around your hotel or jumping jacks before heading into the shower in the morning.
Carry On Some OTC Relief
If you still find yourself suffering from occasional digestive issues, you can still salvage your trip with an over-the-counter remedy. Use a remedy that you know works well for you without any harsh side effects. ARA CONTENT