Beat the bloat, from check in to touchdown.
Travel is great - the side effects of flying (nausea, fatigue, germs, BLOATING) are not.
We've already got the suss on how to tackle packing like a pro, but if you're someone who routinely lands at their destination feeling both shook and sluggish, then we've got some details that are almost as helpful as the inflight safety routine.
'Jet Belly' is very real, people. Peter Hackett, Director of the Institute for Altitude Medicine, explained that the 'cabin altitude' of most planes is equivalent to about 7,000 feet - and just like the law of physics, all gases, including those in your gut, will expand as altitude increases. The doc said that "gas in the intestines will expand about 30 percent with a cabin altitude of 7,000 feet.” Gulp.
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Here's how to arrive in the best possible shape.
Fill your empty reusable beaker/bottle/flask with some sliced lemons before leaving home; once you're through security, fill it up and take your lemon water on the plane. This citrus fruit is second-to-none when it comes to its ability to de-bloat. According to Fitness Magazine, this is because lemons are both a natural diuretic and a gentle laxative when added to water and they can also help reduce the amount of salt retained in the body. As per the experts, you should be drinking at least 250ml of water for every hour you are flying - lemons or not.
While not a new concept, the 16:8 diet has been steadily gaining more and more popularity this year. (The premise is to eat for an eight hour window, and allow your body to fast for the following 16 hours.) Those who travel frequently often abide by this, and allow their fasting window to take place during their long or short haul flight. This helps the body re-synch its circadian rhythm and adapt to your new surroundings.
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Avoid Plane Food
While the notion of intermittent fasting can sound too extreme (and isn't applicable for pregnant women or those with blood sugar issues), simply avoiding your inflight meal is another option. Plane food is notoriously high in sodium, which is a major culprit when it comes to a bloated belly. Pack smart, and bring your snacks on board.
Long stints in the cabin can lead to funky breath, but think twice before you pop a stick of gum. Breath-freshener 'chewwies' are notorious for bloating as they cause you to swallow so much extra air while chomping on them. Save your tum (and your seat neighbour) by opting for a portable toothbrush/toothpaste combo instead.
While we're of the opinion that there's little a good workout can't cure - sometimes it's the last thing on your agenda on day one of your hollibops. Yet, hear us out. Engaging in even the most low-impact of exercises when you land will help eh...'motivate' your intestines to adjust after a flight.
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