Don’t you hate it when you’re on vacation and uninvited guests decide to join in?
I’m not even talking about your annoying brother-in-law. I mean indigestion.
It is not uncommon for people to experience indigestion when traveling. The triad of diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion can crop up and put a damper on your trip.
Traveling can disrupt your body’s natural rhythms. Time changes and altered eating and sleeping schedules can throw your entire digestive system on a journey.
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 soothe your gut.
Diarrhea can be very common, especially when traveling abroad. 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’s sitting on a buffet.
Remember to wash your hands regularly and always wash or peel the fruit.
If diarrhea strikes, remember to increase your fluid intake and look to OTC remedies to help. If it persists, contact a doctor.
Constipation happens when your schedule is out of whack. Whether it’s caused by a long commute, the 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 during your trip and keep your water intake consistent. If you are constipated, try laxatives.
Indigestion, like bloating, can also be a regular occurrence while traveling. You can treat it by watching your alcohol consumption, avoiding foods that cause reactions, not eating massive portions, and slowing down when eating.
Many people like to pack on food while traveling, but just remember that there are likely to be some consequences!