Long haul flights can play havoc with our intestines - and certain foods make this worse
Have you ever noticed how you're that little bit more bloated and sluggish after a long-haul flight?
Cruising in a pressurised cabin at 30,000 feet is not a particularly normal environment for us humans to be in, and there are ways in which this shows.
There is a science to this grotty feeling we get after a long flight. High altitude causes the gas in our bodies to expand , which in turn leads to bloating - and even an unpleasant bout of flatulence.
While it can be tempting to plump for comforting, indulgent foods either at the airport or on the plane, there are some items which are a lot better than others, and can reduce the unpleasant effects (and side-effects) of that bloating.
Foods to avoid
Netdoctor makes a good point about what happens to our gut when in the air.
"Think of how a water bottle expands in the plane, and explodes a little when you open it mid-flight - the same thing is happening in your gut!"
Here's what to give a miss both before and during your flight to avoid this delightful intestinal expansion.
That's not all though
Food-wise, there's temptation around every corner at a lot of airports, with a wealth of fast food options on offer.
However, try to resist deep-fried and fatty foods.
It can be tempting to drink or comfort eat when bore on a flight
These "are heavy on the digestive system, and can cause heartburn and indigestion, resulting in a very uncomfortable flight."
What not to drink
It's tempting to plump for a celebratory glass of something fizzy - or else a caffeinated drink to keep you going.
It's tempting - but try and stick to water
But Netdoctor says we should be sticking to just ONE pre-flight drink - and NO alcohol on board.
"Drinking prior to a flight, combined with the low cabin humidity, lowers your resistance to cold and flu germs, making you more susceptible to getting ill."
"For every hour you are flying, drink at least 250ml of water. Cabin pressure and dry, recirculated air can zap moisture from your skin, but drinking plenty of water can help to keep your skin naturally hydrated."
Three bottles of natural spring water with generic labeling
It can take a while to get water on a flight, so try to take some on with you if possible
So what should I be eating and drinking?
Firstly, water - lots of water!
Also, opt for the vegetarian option when on board your flight.
If you like them, take a selection of herbal tea bags in your hand luggage .
"Fennel and peppermint are good for digestion; ginger can ease nausea and motion sickness, and chamomile will help you rest and relax."
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