It can be tempting to throw caution to the wind and indulge in all sorts of tasty treats full of fat, dairy, and other tough-on-stomach ingredients. However, when you’re traveling, you should always use caution to avoid ruining your trip with unpleasant digestive issues. To help you prevent digestive issues, here are a few common digestive problems and how to prevent them when you’re traveling.
Caused by eating food or drinking water that contains bacteria, diarrhea is a common problem among travelers. To keep it away and prevent it while on vacation, follow these tips.
- Make sure that any meat you consume is cooked thoroughly. Also ensure that it is hot and steaming when served to you, as this means that it is fresh and less likely to contain the bacteria that builds up when food goes cold.
- Drink bottled water and don’t add ice to it, unless the ice has been made with safe, distilled, water.
- Don’t eat food or drinks that are unpasteurized.
- If you’re suffering from diarrhea, avoid consuming greasy foods and foods that are high in fiber.
- Skip the caffeine- even if it means a slow start each morning.
It’s no fun to be in the bathroom due to diarrhea, but its no more fun being unable to have a bowel movement, either. Constipation can cause stomach ache, discomfort, and gas. To prevent it, here are a few tips.
- Stay hydrated. Water is the best thing for keeping a person regular as it keeps things moving and working properly- including the bowels.
- Avoid medications and mineral supplements that can trigger a case of constipation. Some minerals like iron and calcium can cause build-up, so be careful.
- Eat fiber. Foods that are high in fiber such as fruits and vegetables are perfect for keeping you regular.
Heartburn is another digestive issue that many travelers face. Heartburn can be managed, however, with the tips below.
- Eat small meals. When digestion is an issue and heartburn the symptom, it’s a good idea to eat small meals during the day instead of a large one at dinner.
- Stay upright for as long as you can after eating. Laying down after a meal increases the chances of heartburn.
- Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol can cause unbearable cases of heartburn and ruin your evening in a matter of seconds.
Gas and bloating.
Gas and bloating, although not harmful, are uncomfortable and often times, inconvenient. They are a result of the intake of extra air into the stomach, and can be associated with certain foods. To avoid gas and bloating, here are a few tips.
- Avoid foods such as beans and asparagus, as these foods are known to cause gas.
- Eat slowly. The faster we eat, the more air we take in, increasing our chances of getting gas.
- Avoid carbonated drinks such as soda and beer- these drinks contain carbon dioxide, which causes gas and bloating
- If you come down with gas or bloating, partake in light exercise such as squats and bending to pick things up off of the ground.