We all have that one travel companion, right? The one who loves adventure while the other prefers a cozy spot at home. Well, it turns out, there’s a surprising twist to this tale. It’s called “gut lag,” and it’s a travel woe affecting more than 50% of us.
The Bloating Blues: A Personal Journey
For many of us, traveling can be a recipe for bloating and discomfort. Cassie Steer, who has had her share of travel-induced gut woes, shares her personal experience. From beach holidays to billowy dresses, her gut’s been on quite a journey.
The Science Behind Traveling Tummies
Ever wondered why your gut misbehaves as soon as you board that plane? Clinical nutritionist Stephanie J. Moore unravels the mystery. It all comes down to our gut microbes, which have their own daily rhythm. Traveling disrupts this rhythm, leading to digestive troubles and that general feeling of “ick.”
Blame It on the Booze, Food, and Stress
It’s not just time zones that throw our guts off balance. Alcohol, processed food, and the stresses of modern travel play their part too. And let’s not forget the “mile-high IBS” that some of us experience during flights.
Solving the Gut Lag Puzzle
Can we conquer gut lag? While it’s hard to completely eliminate these stressors, there are ways to fight back. Building a robust community of gut microbes, eating fermented foods, and adjusting to your destination’s time zone before you travel are some strategies.
Local Fare: A Gut-Saver
When you arrive at your destination, seek out local fermented foods. They’re not only delicious but also teeming with good microbes. So, hit the food markets and explore the culinary treasures your travel spot has to offer.
Gut Health: The New Travel Essential
As you prepare for your next adventure, remember to add one more item to your travel checklist: taking care of your gut health. Leave those sarongs behind; it’s time to focus on your inner well-being.
In a world where over 50% of travelers are battling gut lag, it’s essential to be armed with knowledge and strategies to ensure your tummy stays happy while you explore the world