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How to Take Care of Your Stomach
and Digestion When Traveling
Among the most common health issues a traveler can have are stomach and digestion-related problems. But, a few humble measures can help a lot in preventing unpleasant sickness.
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The simplest measures can help a lot in preventing sickness, yet we tend not to pay attention to these...
#1 Warm liquids: soups, teas
Never leave warm liquids out of your menu, even when you're away on a trip.
They help digestion and relax the stomach and intestines and, contribute to emotional relaxation.
Buy a good soup from time to time or, substitute it with warm tea.
The simplest thing is to boil hot water and drink it while it's still warm.
Obviously, instant soups are not the best choice.
A natural warm tea will always be better.
#2 Minimize the intake of spices and onions
It's tempting to taste local cuisine and I adore spices.
But, a lot of chilli, peppers, salt and onions and cause irritation inside. And, too man spices will drain your energy away - you'll feel tired.
#3 Avoid packaged snacks like potato chips
The harmful effect of the combination of extreme amounts of salts and various spices, as well as artificial flavours and burnt oil requires no presentation.
You can buy a fresh apple and often several apples cost less than a pack of crisps.
#4 Fresh fruits and vegetables
Packaged salads are available at certain shops, but even fast food restaurants have some - for instance: I swap my menu-included fries for a small salad whenever it's possible.
You'll need vitamins and minerals, not just volume of food to stuff your belly.
#5 Beer is healthy!
Obviously, not truckloads of it...
It's said to be good for cleaning your kidneys, it even contains B-series vitamins and I feel it tends to reduce my hunger a bit.
If it's natural, then it's made of hops, yeast, grains. But some beers contain a bunch of additives - especially the flavoured-ones.
#6 Stand up vertically after having a major meal
The biggest mistake you can make is to lie down after a heavy meal.
It's best sitting or even taking a light walk.
#7 Never eat yourself full
You don't have to be 100 % full.
It's advised to eat enough, but not full. Not only because heavy eating is unhealthy, but because it can generate a habit and it can increase your stomach in volume.
Gradually your belly will grow and every time you'll need to eat, you'll require large amounts of food.
If you get used to moderate amounts of food, your organism will get used to that.
#8 Don't combine oily foods with water and alcohol
Yet, most of us do this all the time.
A greasy steak with a huge beer can easily get you horizontal and sick for hours or days even.
It's best to reduce the amount of one versus the other.
#9 Never combine warm food with ice-cold drinks
Yet, many do just that. And, fast foots have gotten used to this bad habit.
Pay attention to not consuming meals that with components having extreme temperatures.
A terrible combination would be to have hot oily versus ice-cold water-containing food and drinks. Add a beer and you've ruined your day.
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