We all have, at some point or the other, have heard that maintaining ‘gut health’ is extremely vital. But what does it exactly mean? Well, having good gut health means that the organs of your gastrointestinal tract, like the oesophagus, stomach and intestines, are working together effectively to digest food without discomfort. However, when you are travelling, sometimes the gut health goes for a toss.
It happens so because most times during travel, the normal, healthy diet is not available. We all tend to eat out more, including consuming more processed foods, which puts an overall stress on the digestive system. In such cases, the upset stomach or digestive issues might bring your fun trip to a screeching halt, leading to symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, loose stools, constipation, heartburn, nausea or vomiting.
How to Maintain Gut Health When Traveling
Thankfully, there are many relatively easy measures you can take to ensure that your travels are not compromised by gut issues.
1. Eat Fruits
Whenever you are travelling, always have fruits for breakfast because it is a great way of investing in your gut microbes and also acclimatize to the local and the typographical region. Remember the thumb rules: Eat local, eat seasonal and live global.
2. Consume Fruit Juices
You can have a lot of fruit juices when you are travelling because it is a great way of hydrating yourself and keeping your energy levels up.
3. Avoid Raw Salads
Do not eat raw salads when you are travelling to a new country because these are gut microbes that might irritate your gut lining. Instead, have fruits, which are easier to digest. In cases when you really want to have those veggies, always make sure to ask for steamed salads.
4. Limit Your Carbs
Limit your carbs for breakfast, and keep them for lunch. You can eat as much junk as you want for lunch, but remember to eat only 80 percent of your total appetite.
5. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration stands for danger when it comes to one’s gut. Therefore, drinking lots of water is a must. Of course, we also have to ensure that the water being consumed is safe for drinking. The safest way to do so is of course to stick to bottled water or when in a pinch, boil the water before drinking.
So, go enjoy that holiday, relax and unwind while keeping your gut health intact.