Digestion problems are easy to face when you’re traveling. The food habits change, you get accustomed to new kinds of food and all the sitting while traveling by a car or a bus may lead to problems with the bowel movement. Not only does this make you feel bad, it also takes away the fun that’s associated with traveling and visiting places.
It’s quite common to face problems like diarrhoea and constipation. Also, people suffering from travel sickness can also face an upset stomach which may lead to vomiting. Drinking lots of water and trying to eat regularly can help with some of these problems.
So, it becomes very important to try to stay healthy while traveling. Here’s how you can stay healthy while traveling:
- Drink clear fluids
- Eat fibrous food
- Avoid greasy food
- Sleep well
- Don’t ignore the ‘nature calls’
- Schedule timely bathroom breaks
- Use medication
The main cause of stomach problems is dehydration. To keep yourself hydrated, use water or fruit juices. Even though sodas and caffeinated drinks quenches your thirst, it dehydrates the body further. Drinking alcohol also makes you dehydrated.
Also, drinking water just after you wake up recharges your organs and gives them the energy for the day. It also helps in relieving mild constipation.
It’s important to get high-fiber food to avoid stomach problems. Make sure you eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, cereals and sprouts or beans. The recommended amount of daily intake includes two cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables each day. Food such as cereals and flax seeds can be carried to get a high-fibre breakfast.
Greasy food, which looks quite tasty, doesn’t really do good for the body. The body isn’t able to digest it quickly and it may cause diarrhoea. Avoid food with high oil and grease content. Fast food must be strictly avoided.
Exercising and moving your body helps keep the digestive system moving. In a car, bus or train, make sure that you stretch your body at a fixed interval of time. Use a bike, go for a hike and swim whenever you can. Taking a walk or doing yoga in the morning, whenever you’re in a hotel can be useful for your body.
If you don’t sleep well, it can destabilize your system. Getting enough sleep is important as it gives you the energy to travel. It also makes your body work better. Even during a vacation, a proper rest is necessary.
Even if you’re in the middle of sightseeing or you’re public restroom shy, you shouldn’t ignore your body’s signals and use the bathroom. Controlling the urge can worsen your stomach problems and increase the constipation.
You should try to match the schedule of the bathroom, if you use it at a certain time of the day.
If you are concerned about the public restrooms, try to relax and make yourself comfortable. You can read a newspaper or a magazine, or just listen to music on your earphones. If you’re unable to have a bowel movement, try again when you feel the urge.
If you have constant problems of constipation or diarrhoea, you may want to prepare ahead and take prescribed medicines before you travel. However, don’t become overly dependent on the medicines as it may have a bad effect on your body.
The best advice to take during a trip is to drink lots of water (avoid contaminated water), eat healthy and exercise while traveling. A healthy body makes the trip more enjoyable, so make sure that you stay healthy throughout the journey. You should be more careful about your diet and the routine.