Don’t you hate it when you’re on vacation, and uninvited guests decide to join?
I’m not talking about your annoying brother-in-law, either. I mean indigestion.
It’s not uncommon for people to experience digestive troubles when they’re travelling. The trio of diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion can show up and put a damper on your trip.
Travel can disrupt your body’s natural rhythms. Time changes and altered eating and sleep schedules can all take your digestive system for a ride.
And it has the potential to ruin a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Here are some things that can help you get back on track and put your gut at ease.
Diarrhea can be very common, especially when travelling internationally. You can work to prevent it by staying well-hydrated and choosing what you eat and drink very carefully. Bottled water is an important decision, as is avoiding food that has been sitting out on a buffet.
Remember to wash your hands regularly and always wash or peel fruit.
If diarrhea hits, remember to increase fluid intake and look to OTC remedies to help. If it persists, contact a doctor.
Constipation happens when your schedule is out of wack. Whether it’s caused by a long trip, time change, or simply staying up later than normal, it can be a reality of travel.
You can limit its impact by eating plenty of fiber and drinking plenty of fluids before your trip. Also, try to make an effort to eat fiber-rich foods while on your trip, and keep water intake stable. If you become constipated, try laxatives.
Indigestion, like bloating, can also be a regular occurrence during travel. You can get a handle on it by watching alcohol consumption, avoiding food that trigger reactions, not eating massive portions, and slowing down while eating.
Many people like to go heavy on food while travelling, but just remember that it’s likely to come with some consequences!