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When traveling by plane, there’s always a common theme of health-related problems that come with it.
Jetlag, bloating, and stomach issues, oh my.
If you never experienced any of this, tell me your secrets NOW.
For the rest of us, let’s take a look at what actually happens to our bodies when flying. Flying dehydrates us, AND we get bloated. Why does this happen?
It’s because the fluids in our blood, our veins, where it’s supposed to be travels to our tissues. This is why our bodies flare up and become bloated, and why some of us are more prone to blood clots than others.
Those that travel very often (for example, pilots and flight attendants.) say they feel their bodies change over time. Due to the compressing and decompressing that’s having an impact on the internal organs.
So. What can we do to help our bodies adjust?
1) Switch meal times to the timezone you will travel to.
Our bodies are very happy with the natural rhythm it creates with the day. Someone with healthy bowel movements will most likely go to the toilet around the same time every day. When we travel outside of our usual timezone, our internal clock gets thrown off. In order to gently transition into a new timezone, it’s a good idea to get your body moving on the new timezone. Especially if you are going to be away from home for an extended amount of time.
2) Eat lighter meals
It’s no secret that some foods are easier on our digestive system than others. Avoid heavy foods including meats, deep fried items and pizza a few days before your flight. Fill your plate with more fruits and vegetables than usual. Be sure to eat smaller portions throughout the day. Have a happier tummy.
3) Take a quality probiotic
What’s a probiotic? It’s living bacteria that’s good for your digestive system. Probiotics are in foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, natto and apple cider vinegar. Everything you eat and drink goes through your digestive system. This is where food is broken down and all the nutrients can be absorbed by the gut. Probiotics are an important part of a healthy diet. It’s especially important when you travel as it’s easy for your gut to be thrown off of its usual cycle. I like to take these with me on the road.
4) Stay hydrated without the bubbles
It’s no secret the air compression helps the gas move along. If your digestion is unhappy, then expect more gas. Planes are usually super dry, and hydration is important. By the time you feel thirsty, chances are you are already dehydrated. Avoid getting carbonated drinks and opt for flat water. Be sure to drink water even before you get on the plane.
5) PRO TIP: Bring your own water bottle
We all know staying hydrated is important. Bring your own water bottle and DO NOT fill it in the plane bathroom as it’s not fit for drinking. Ask the flight attendant to fill your bottle for you. I never had anyone say no. This way you can take your hydration breaks without relying on the flight attendants.
My digestion is not the strongest, and it gets especially out of control when I’m flying. These 5 tricks have helped me a lot, and I hope it makes your travel a little easier too.
Do you have any tips and tricks you use to keep your gut happy on the road? I’d love to hear from you! Please share them in the comments.
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