Joy E. Love
One of the best – and arguably worst things about being an American is we often eat whatever we want, and wherever we want without thinking too hard about it.
For some, this overindulgence continues into the yearly vacation when all types foods are consumed. However, thoughtful planning about your daily meals, will save you pain and gastrointestinal embarrassment during your getaway.
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 be too intense to ignore, and can send you scrambling to the nearest bathroom.
Another “no-no” can be sodium, which is found in high levels of processed foods. Ingesting too much can cause you to feel bloated, and even lead to a feeling of urination even when you don’t necessarily have to. Pay attention to labels, and choose lower-sodium options.
Avoid food that can cause bloating and gas such as beans, broccoli, foods with high-fiber, high fat, and carbonated drinks when you anticipate sitting for long periods of time. Dairy products produce stomach discomfort in many people. It’s best to avoid them while traveling.
If you’ve already eaten something that may cause digestive 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. You can also opt to use chewable vitamin C tablets, or pills.
• Yogurt – The probiotics present in yogurt are extremely helpful for digesting meals of which your body be unaccustomed. Try probiotic supplements in the form of beads or tablets.
• Water – be sure to drink plenty of water, as dehydration masquerades as a whole host of different types of symptoms ranging from fatigue, stomach aches or headaches.
• Lean Protein – Try nuts as a snack, and order grilled meat for a more full feeling. Pass on the fried foods which can make you very uncomfortable, particularly if you’re sitting for long periods.
• Ginger Root – This natural remedy, either in capsule or tea form is excellent to settle the stomach.
• Peppermint Tea – A fantastic remedy for stomach cramps, pains, heartburn and other post food woes.
With just a few precautions, you can have a healthy and enjoyable trip.