Many of us make digestive mistakes, especially when traveling. These mistakes cost us a lot because we do not fully achieve the objectives or enjoy the benefits of our trip. Nevertheless, you can avoid these mistakes by knowing them before you make that trip. The main causes of digestive problems when traveling are the things that travelers eat and do. So learn about these digestive mistakes and avoid them when traveling
Digestive mistakes that travelers should avoid
Not carrying enough drinking water
Dehydration is one of the biggest risk factors for digestive problems, particularly constipation. Some people do not carry enough water while traveling. When they reach their destinations, they are not sure about the quality of water, and so they drink less water. If you are traveling, especially to a drier or hotter place, you need to carry and drink more water. Being dehydrated will reduce the effectiveness of fiber in stabilizing bowel movements thus causing digestive problems.
Forgetting their probiotics
These dietary supplements maintain a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract. Failure to take probiotics will increase chances of unbalancing bacteria thus increasing your chances of developing yeast infections, antibiotic diarrhea or traveler’s diarrhea. This is because you don’t know the likelihood of coming in contact with bad bacteria where you are traveling to. It is recommended to start taking probiotics a week before you travel and continue until a week after the trip.
Drinking excess alcohol
Alcohol stimulates constipation and distresses the whole digestive system. It is a big risk factor for dehydration, which solidifies your stools. Even though you may feel that it is time to indulge in drinking while on your trip, avoid drinking excess alcohol.
Trying every new food
Trying local cuisines is one of the most exciting activities to do while on your trip. However, eating the foods you have never tried before is a big risk for digestive problems. The foods may not suit your digestive system and so may upset it. Generally, reduce intake of low-fiber foods, such processed foods, chips, ice creams, candies, and pizzas. If you want to try new meals, go for those rich in fiber because they will improve your digestive system function.
It is a big mistake to reach your destination and just sit around. You should do some exercises, such as walking, jogging or biking, so as to increase motility of your gastrointestinal tract and clear bowels.