When I travel I do my best to eat healthy and work out leading up to my trip. It always happens without fail, I feel absolutely fabulous the first couple of days of my trip and then the dreaded bloat arrives! Is it just me?
Here are some tips on how you can avoid that awful bloated feeling.
1. Drink plenty of water!
It might sound counter-productive to drink water to avoid feeling bloated; however, drinking a lot of water helps flush out your system from excess water and sodium. Sodium causes you to retain extra water so try to avoid adding extra salt to your meals. Aim for 1.5L of water a day.
2. Take probiotics.
An unbalanced gut can lead to gas and major bloating.
Gas produced by the bacteria in the intestine is a major contributor to bloating.
There are many different types of bacteria that reside in the gut and they can vary between individuals. Start taking a probiotic a couple of weeks before your trip as they might take some time to work!
I like Candida Cleanse because they are vegan, non-gmo and gluten free.
3. Alternate coffee and tea.
Black coffee can actually help with bloating; however, it’s all those yummy things like sugar and creamer that we add to it that makes us bloated. Also, if you’re sensitive to caffeine then coffee can actually make you bloated. If you cannot live without coffee opt for the black version. Tea is also a great substitute that helps with bloating, especially peppermint tea!
Magnesium fights fluid retention, relaxes your gastrointestinal tract and makes you go. Try taking 200mg day and night with plenty of water. You can also find magnesium in spinach, avocados and bananas! I take Nature Made Magnesium Citrate daily, which also helps me with muscle soreness.
5. Try to stick to your “at home” routine.
Girl...I know when you’re in France you want to eat crepes for breakfast, lunch and dinner (I know I did) and my body was so mad at me for it! Try to stick to your “at home” routine as much as possible. If you don’t want to order a full portion, make your hubby order it and then you can have a bite of his!