Digestive problems can put a damper on your trip, but watching what you eat can help keep your digestive system on track. Indulging in foods when you are miles away from home without considering how they were cooked may get you into an experience of unwanted consequences. Don’t get stuck with diarrhea!
Step off the gas and prevent heartburn. They can make your travel miserable. Gas can be uncomfortable and quite painful. The discomfort it brings can be intolerable at times, especially when you are away from home.
Of course, when you are travelling, you may want to spend your time seeing more of your destinations than running and looking for local bathrooms. Make it a point to stay beautiful and calm while traveling by plane, car, train and even boat.
Try to stay away from eating high salt content snacks. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables to prevent puffiness and bloating. This will also keep you hydrated and give you the added boost of important antioxidants, fiber, and other nutrients.
A heavy, bloated stomach is most unwelcome when you travel or even if while you are at home. I hate the pain and the diarrhea that oftentimes comes with it. The stomach cramp is most unbearable!
A traveler’s diarrhea is a syndrome characterized by a twofold or greater increase in the frequency of unformed bowel movements. The commonly associated symptoms include abdominal cramps, nausea, bloating, urgency, fever, and malaise.
TD is acquired through ingestion of fecally contaminated food or water. Both cooked and uncooked foods may be implicated if improperly handled. Infectious agents are the primary cause of TD.
When you are crammed in a small space on a long haul flight, the last thing you want is to feel bloated and uncomfortable. Given the minimal physical activity and cabin pressure situation, there are foods that, while ordinarily good for you, don’t fly too well.
- Cruciferous vegetables tend to be high in carbohydrates that cannot be broken down in small intestines and becomes a source of discomfort once they hit the large intestines. This leads to bloating and possibly even cramps.
- Salty snacks can be tempting. Our taste buds get slightly numb at high altitudes and as a result, airlines tend to heavily season their foil packaged meals. This encourages water retention. Being sluggish, stiff and bloated are some of the dreaded symptoms associated with water retention.
Foods containing a high amount of unabsorbable carbohydrates include:
- Brussels sprouts
It can ruin your mood for the day while the painful stomach can make you feel very uncomfortable. Here are some of the symptoms
- Swelling ankles, feet and hands
- Bloated tummy
- Feeling stiffness
- Joints feel stiff
- Indentations in the skin similar to what you see on your fingers when you have been in the bath a long time
During travel, it would be expensive to get a foreign medical care, so you can step up and eat more bananas. They are rich in potassium that helps eliminate fluid retention.
Here is how you prevent bloating
Cut back on dehydrating drinks, such as tea, coffee, and alcohol.
Drink more water. Water retention comes from the lack of water, where your body does not know when it gets more water, which is the reason it retains the water.
Cut high sodium diets out of your diet. Salt absorbs water and causes water retention.
Lie down and sit with your feet elevated when resting and taking breaks. Standing or sitting all day causes fluids to drain into your feet and legs.
Avoid sugar. It is true that an excess salt in the diet can aggravate fluid retention, but sugar is more likely to cause the fluid retention in the first place. Sugar is a carbohydrate. All carbohydrates, when consumed in excess can promote fluid retention.
Avoid dairy products, because they cause a lot of lymphatic congestion for many people.
Eat and drink slowly by eating smaller and more frequent meals.
What about flatulence?
Flatulence is passing gas from the digestive system out of the back passage. It is more commonly referred as the passing wind or farting. Excessive flatulence can be embarrassing.
Symptoms of flatulence
- Passing wind often
- Smelly flatus
- Loud flatus
- Abdominal distension and discomfort
- Rumblings in the lower abdomen
Causes of flatulence
- Swallowed air
- Normal digestion
- Intestinal bacteria
- High fiber foods
- Lactose intolerance
- Intolerance of short chain carbohydrates
- Medicines or nutritional supplements
There are no medical guidelines defining the normal frequency or volume of flatulence. You can visit your doctor when you experience
- Persistent abdominal pain and bloating
- Recurring episodes and diarrhea or constipation
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bowel incontinence
- Blood in your stool
- Signs of an infection, such as high temperature, vomiting, chills, joint pain and muscle pain
These symptoms are an indicator of a more serious health problem that may require blood or stool tests to look for an infection. Burping and belching usually refer to gas that escapes from the mouth, while flatulence or farting is intestinal gas that escapes from the rectum.
Bloating is used to describe the sensation of excess stomach gas that has not yet been released. It is common to experience some gas after eating and to release it through belching or flatulence. It is normal to pass gas about 12 to 21 times a day.
Step off the plane feeling fabulous
Except perhaps for a blessed few, everyone is familiar with travel bloat. It is annoying and it definitely interferes with your vacation. Traveling to new environments and eating new foods is going to shock your body, no matter what.
It would be disappointing to work hard preparing to get that bikini body ready, only to find you are bloated once you arrive at the beach. Ever felt like you had a water balloon in your stomach?
Fly high and stop that dreaded float. Flying increases flatulence. You should release the gas or risk painful medical consequences. There is a clear medical rationale for releasing the gas.
Holding back flatulence can lead to discomfort and even pain, bloating, dyspepsia, and pyrosis. It is also a cause of developing a diverticular disease, which is a condition where pouches develop in the wall of the colon.
An “ops excuse me” can really draw unwanted attention. Do not say anything more, because it can create embarrassment and make the situation more difficult. Just keep your mouth shut, girl!