By Joy E. Love
One of the best – and arguably worst things about being an American is we often eat whatever we want, wherever we want, without much thought.
For some, this overindulgence is most prevalent during vacation when all types foods are consumed. However, a little thought regarding what you’re putting in your mouth may save you gastrointestinal discomfort and embarrassment.
First, consider spicy foods. If your body is unaccustomed to peppers, curries, or hot sauces, the resulting pain of indigestion, heartburn or irritable stomach can become intense and can send you scrambling to the nearest bathroom.
Another “no-no” is sodium, which is especially prevalent in processed foods. Ingesting too much can cause bloating and even lead to a feeling of urination. Elect for lower-sodium options and fresh foods.
Other foods, such as beans, broccoli, high-fiber, fatty foods, and carbonated drinks can wreak havoc, especially when sitting for long periods of time. Dairy products produces stomach discomfort in many people, and it’s best to avoid them while traveling.
If you’ve already eaten something that may cause issues, these remedies and preventive methods can help keep annoying symptoms at bay:
- Oranges – Oranges contain a healthy dose of vitamin C, which is a great way to boost your immune system. If you don’t care for the taste, opt to use chewable vitamin C tablets or pills.
- Yogurt – The probiotics present in yogurt are extremely helpful for digestion. Don’t like yogurt? No worry, You can find probiotic supplements in the form of beads or tablets
- Water – Drink plenty of water, as dehydration masquerades as a whole host of different symptoms ranging from stomachaches to headaches.
- Lean Protein – Nuts make the perfect protein snack and will lead to a feeling of fullness. Opt to grill rather than fry your meat. This will keep you full longer. Pass on the fried foods which can cause gas and discomfort.
- Ginger Root – This is perfect for motion sickness or nausea. It can be found in capsules, tea and even ginger candy.
- Peppermint Tea – This age-old remedy is great for stomach cramps, pains, heartburn and other post food woes.
Enjoy yourself while traveling, just don’t over indulge.