Stop Bloating While Traveling
Traveling and bloating always seem to go hand in hand, and bloating never shows up at a convenient time. Not like there’s ever a convenient time to feel bloated, but you know what I mean…for some reason bloating seems to show up when you’re about to put on a swim suit and look cute; it’s Murphy’s Law.
Bloating while traveling happens for a variety of reasons:
- We often eat high sodium, highly processed foods.
- It’s easy to become dehydrated while flying due to the cabin being pressurized, accessibility of water, salty snacks, and in-flight drinks.
- Dehydration makes it harder for your cells to eliminate waste which causes bloating.
A few tricks for reducing bloating while traveling:
- Drink lots of water before you board your flight.
- Experts suggest drinking at least 8 ounces of water per hour in flight.
- Pack fruits and veggies for the flight – preferably ones with high water content. These will help keep you hydrated and provide fiber which will help keep your digestive system working in tip top shape.
- Stay away from salty snacks such as salted nuts, chips, and other highly processed snacks.
- Choose water over V8 – high in sodium, carbonated drinks – can make your stomach feel not so great, alcoholic beverages – the effects of drinking are quadrupled while flying and cause further dehydration, caffeinated drinks – increases dehydration.
- Choose high fiber in-flight meals – whole grains, beans, veggies.
- Wear compression socks to help reduce ankle swelling – no one wants to get off the plane looking like the Michelin Man. I’ve been there, it sucks.
My Secret Weapon
The above listed tricks are awesome, and work well to reduce bloating while flying! However, sometimes I need a little extra help, so I turn to my secret weapon – dandelion root capsules.
Now before I continue I’d like to say that I’m not a doctor, and you should always consult your doctor before taking a new supplement. Dandelion root can interact with some medications that are broken down by your liver, and can intensify some allergies.
I first learned about using dandelion root capsules to reduce bloating from my pageant coach a few years ago. She suggested that I start taking these pills about two weeks before the Miss MN USA Pageant along with lots of water. Let me tell you, any bloating I had going on before the pageant was gone, and that included eating a bit too much at Thanksgiving dinner a few days before the pageant!
After the pageant I slowly stopped taking my dandelion pills. It wasn’t until I returned home from traveling in Thailand for four months that I started taking dandelion capsules again. I was incredibly bloated from eating out pretty much the entire time we were in Thailand, and eating way too many high sodium items.
For the life of me I couldn’t get the bloating to go away! I was getting so frustrated with my bouncy tummy, so I decided to start taking dandelion pills again. Within a week my bloating was significantly reduced! I wish I would have taken before and after pics, but sadly I didn’t. Now I take dandelion root capsules on a daily basis with my other supplements. Bye bye extreme bloating!
So how do dandelion root capsules help prevent bloating?
- Dandelion root is a diuretic and helps shed extra water weight.
- Dandelion root can be a mild laxative which helps relieve constipation.
- Dandelion root can help ease an upset stomach.
- Dandelion root contains liver-detoxifying properties.
- Dandelion root reduces inflammation throughout the body.
- Plus there are many other health benefits for taking dandelion root!
Since dandelion root capsules act as a diuretic and possibly a mild laxative – I haven’t experienced this from taking dandelion pills yet, but they will effect everyone differently – I wouldn’t suggest taking these while flying. However, these pills work well to help relieve post flying bloating as well as bloating caused by eating out during your vacation.
Where to Buy
So where does one find these amazing little pills? I found mine at Vitamin World, but they are also sold at GNC, Whole Foods, on Amazon, and at other vitamin stores. I haven’t had luck finding dandelion capsules at Target, Walmart, CVS, or local grocery stores. If you find them elsewhere, please let me know in the comments section below!
So long story short, if you have issues with bloating like I do, check out these dandelion root capsules and see how they work for you!
Until next time,