Abbey’s Kitchen – Tips To Ditch Tummy Troubles On Your Vacation
Everyone enjoys taking a well-deserved vacation. Just hopping in a car, train or plane and leaving it all behind is one of the most fun things in life!
Unfortunately, where there’s fun to be had, digestive issues like gas, bloating and diarrhea are an all-to-common threat.
In fact, findings from a recent survey suggested that 36% of Canadians have had their vacation spoiled because of diarrhea, an experience that’s not limited to cheap all-inclusive resorts down south.
Changes to normal eating routines, stress, sleep disruption, and a greater reliance on restaurant fare can all contribute to digestive woes.
Don’t let these issues disrupt your precious time off — get the most out of your vacation with these easy steps!
Kick The Coffee
Action-packed vacations are often fueled by double-doubles, but for many, coffee can have a laxative effect. This is often exacerbated by added milk or cream as more than 7 million Canadians suffer from lactose intolerance.
Swap your morning joe for a ginger, peppermint or chamomile tea to help reduce bloating, gas and diarrhea.
Take A Probiotic Supplement
Get into the habit of taking a daily probiotic supplement starting at least a week before, during, and ideally, when you’re home as well.
There are hundreds of different strains of probiotic bacteria, however, so it’s important to choose a supplement with the specific strain to address your specific need.
For example, if tummy troubles are impacting your fun, the probiotic strain Probi Digestis found in Jamieson Digestive Care Daily Relief capsules is clinically proven to help reduce gas and bloating.
If travelling upsets your digestive system, or you mow through a bad round of tacos, you need to take a probiotic like Jamieson’s Diarrhea Relief with the Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG strain which is clinically proven to help ease diarrhea.
Go Simple To Cut Salt & Fat
During those long flights or car rides, avoid heavily processed snacks or meals that are high in fat or sodium, which can lead to bloating and abdominal discomfort.
Avoid sneaky sources of fat and sodium by choosing items that are simply prepared (grilled, baked, broiled, or fresh) without added sauces or dressings.
Drink, Don’t Sip
Avoid carbonated drinks like pop, sparkling water or beer, and always drink straight from the cup rather than a straw.
Both carbonation and straw sipping can lead to excess air in the belly, which can make for a gassy and uncomfortable ride.
Choose Your Produce Wisely
You may notice when cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage cause a rumbling belly, but the fruit you grab on the go can cause digestive issues, as well.
Fruits like apples, pears and peaches contain sorbitol and fructose, natural sugars that can be difficult to digest.
Get your fibre in without the bloat by reaching for berries, oranges or bananas, instead.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian and spokesperson for various health products like Jamieson Vitamins.