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July 25, 2019
Travelling around the world and going on holiday can be filled with rest and relaxation and fun in the sun (or snow)! But it can also put our minds and bodies under a lot of stress. Long-haul transits, time zone changes, lost passports or luggage and mysterious food and drink selections can often lead our digestive systems to suffer. Follow the below tips to keep your gut happy and healthy so you get back to the good bits of travelling!
1. Allow your gut some rest time and avoid snacking when bored
Waiting for planes, buses or trains and being in transit can often leave us a little bored. In these moments we tend to snack even though we aren't necessarily hungry. It's important to listen to your body and favour the signs of hunger rather than boredom. If you know you'll have trouble resisting the snack attack, try going for healthier snacks like fruit, nuts and seeds rather than chips, lollies and chocolate.
Whilst it's almost impossible to not crave a yummy dessert straight after dinner. Remember to try and space out your meals. You'll get way more pleasure from what you're eating, instead of feeling too full to function.
2. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is key to keeping things moving along in the body. Try to avoid sugary and artificial drinks when thirsty. These will only leave you feeling more dehydrated, often causing uncomfortable constipation (not a fun travelling companion!) Incorporate more water or fresh juices and smoothies. If you are unsure about the safety of the water where you are, try to stick to bottled or filtered water.
3. Do some gut-healthy stretching and yoga
Travelling can be stressful on the mind and body. Practising yoga is like giving a wonderful massage to your internal organs. Every time we practise yoga, we’re gifting ourselves an opportunity to enhance our health and there are specific poses which are wonderful for improving the health of your gut. If you have gut issues, do a few gentle yoga poses to help relax your belly, as if you are anxious this can inhibit you being able to digest your food properly. It's important to remember to breathe, breathe, breathe deep belly breaths! Try a couple of these easy stretches when you're in transit, at the hotel or by the pool.
4. Eat plenty of fruit and veggies or get smoothies for a boost
To keep your belly happy and your overall health boosted, you need to be getting enough essential vitamins and minerals. Make sure you're getting all the good things into your body by incorporating fresh fruit and vegetables into your everyday diet. An easy way to do this is by drinking fresh fruit and veg juice or smoothies. If you're travelling somewhere in a cooler climate, try eating hearty veggie soups (handmade rather than canned)!
5. Cut down on foods that create bloating
Whilst it is fun to indulge when travelling, try not to overdo eating things that can cause you bloating. Things like nut milk, onions, muesli bars, lentils, dried fruit and Brussel sprouts are common foods that contribute to bloating. Peppermint tea is a great go-to when you're feeling bloated and lethargic. Having warm water with lemon may also soothe bloating symptoms since lemons are a natural diuretic and gentle laxative.
5. Reconsider fake sugars or low carb product
Being on-the-go can often lead us to favour convenience over health. But try to limit your intake of processed, pre-packaged and fast food foods. This includes the beverage realm. These artificial products don’t actually quell cravings and have unpleasant side effects on the gut.
6. Shop at local stores buy fresh groceries
With fresh veggies, fruit and other food on hand, you'll be less likely to buy sugary or carb-loaded snack when out and about. Try whipping up something fun and fresh for your friends or family. This can be a nice break from eating out at restaurants and eating on the go.
7. Always wash your hands
To avoid spreading or catching germs and illness, remember to always wash your hands before you eat. Being on holiday can be the best, but being sick on holiday, well that's no one's cup of tea!
8. Try and walk everywhere especially after eating
Any exercise is good exercise. Walking around new cities and towns is a great way not just to see all the sights but to keep your body and mind in a happy state.
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Love Your Gut powder has a very simple and natural approach to gut health. It helps to cleanse the digestive tract and keep you free of waste, toxins, metals and muccous. It’s also anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, so it'll be your new best travel companion!
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