5 Easy Ways to Avoid Vacation Belly Bloat #Travel

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Vacation Belly Bloat #Travel
Sticking with a daily exercise routine can go a long way towards helping reduce the dreaded vacation belly bloat!

Traveling is so much fun…  until you get so bloated you can’t fit into your swimsuit!

It happens to the best of us. Some of it is from things that can’t be avoided. Different environments tend to cause changes in our digestive system simply because our bodies just aren’t used to it. For example, people traveling to other countries may have digestive issues due to the changes in water treatments and sometimes, water standards. Even something simple as having treated city water at home and then vacationing in a rural area with well water will cause a bit of discomfort.

So what can you do? Here are five actions you can take that will go a long way towards helping you to avoid vacation belly bloat: 
First, get plenty of rest. It’s easy to spend lots of time dancing into the night while on vacation, but your body still needs the same amount of sleep it got at home to function properly.

Avoid alcohol. I know – that one’s a bit of a bummer. However, excessive amounts of alcohol will cause some serious water retention. That doesn’t mean you can’t have one of those fancy cocktails with the umbrellas while on vacation – just drink them in moderation.

Step away from the cheesecake! Just like the fancy umbrella drinks, they pack on the bloat. While carbohydrate – laden foods are delicious vacation fare, you’ll likely be sorry later when the bloat turns to pounds because you’re not expending the same amount of energy you would at home. Of course, you can treat yourself a little bit. If you go to extremes and deprive yourself altogether, you’ll crave those carbs more, so it’s best to enjoy them in small doses.

This brings us to the next point – exercise. You don’t have to put in 3 hours on the hotel treadmill or anything, but an easy way to get some exercise in is to explore your new surroundings on foot whenever possible. Exercise keeps your digestive system moving (literally).

Drink water, and lots of it. Water helps to cleanse your system of all the toxins that make you bloat. Some doctors and nutritionists recommend taking in half your body weight in water ounces daily. (For example, if you weigh 150, you’d drink 75 ounces of water.) Others stick with the 8 glasses method. Regardless of the method you prefer to use, staying hydrated is a key ingredient to avoiding belly bloat.

Take a probiotic to aid with digestion. Probiotics help to balance the good and bad bacteria in your gut, making you much more comfortable on the inside and making you look better on the outside. Personally, I like Culturelle. It’s very simple to take. You take one pill a day (two if you’re having digestive issues), and that’s it.  Culturelle is also the only probiotic supplement made with 100% Lactobacillus GG—is one of the best ways to be rest assured that your readers will experience healthy holiday travels.

Another benefit to taking a probiotic is that according to research, a certain amount of immune cells are located in your gut. If you have a healthy gut, your body is more able to fend off all kinds of different ailments that you may come across during your travels. Probiotics aren’t just for traveling though – they’re a dietary supplement that will help you every day.

The bottom line is that if you take care of yourself while traveling as much as you do at home, you’ll be less uncomfortable. Your body may have changed locations, but it still needs the same things no matter where it is.

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Vacation Belly Bloat #Travel
Special thanks to Culturelle for sending along some samples of new products.  All thoughts, opinions and appreciation of this product are solely that of Rural Mom. 

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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  1. Reply

    Very good tips here. For me it’s hard to remember to curb those carbs!

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    We are going away in April, so I will keep this in mind. Especially since we will be eating out all week.

    • Candy
    • February 18, 2015

    Great tips for vacationers! I will definitely consider each of these tips when we go on vacay.

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    Step away from the cheesecake?! Nooooo!!! 😉 I do drink lots of water and take probiotics when I travel.

    • jaime
    • February 18, 2015

    I try to choose more salads for lunches when I’m traveling. And I always pack my workout gear. I love finding new places to run in new cities!

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    I’m sorry, I can’t stay away from cheesecake, especially on vacation ☺ Still, these are some great tips for vacationing families.

  5. Reply

    Ugh. Belly bloat. I know it so well. I just put up with it, because all of the foods that I let myself enjoy on vacations are all the foods that do it.

  6. Reply

    I HATE belly bloat, and I always get it on vacation. The problem is that everything that gives me belly bloat is so darn good. =/

  7. Reply

    Great tips! I hate getting bloated when I am on vacation! Ugh! Definitely get moving, that always seems to help me!

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    These are really great tips. I know I need to try to drink more water when we go on vacation.

    • Pam
    • February 18, 2015

    I hate getting bloated on vacation. It really happened on our last trip to an all inclusive resort. I try to get moving and explore my surroundings on foot whenever possible.

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    I agree, avoid the alcohol! But cheesecake is my favorite! 😉

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    It’s easy to forget about this when you go on a vacation. I’ll definitely be keeping these tips in mind. I can’t give up cheesecake though!

  11. Reply

    I could have used this when we had All You Can Eat Dining at Disney. It was so hard to say ‘no’ to all that good food.

  12. Reply

    I need to remember the water trick. I don’t travel often, but I hate water retention. It makes you feel miserable.

  13. Reply

    I need to check this out! We went on a mini-getaway and I’m definitely feeling the post-trip bloat, for sure.

  14. Reply

    It’s a good list to remember. It’s hard not to overeat on vacation, esp. if you’re somewhere exotic or unique. 🙂

  15. Reply

    Great tips! We don’t travel much but I’ll be glad to have read this when we do! Eek.

  16. Reply

    Totally guilty of this one! Would be a lifesaver to have this product

  17. Reply

    I do drink a lot of water when I travel. Lots of good tips.

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    These are fantastic tips, I would love to try the probiotics.

  19. Reply

    I always try to eat good when I go on vacation but you just want to try new things. Its also hard for me to stay away from cheesecake as that is my absolute favorite dessert.

  20. Reply

    Some great tips here! Sometimes it is too easy to lose control while on vacation.

  21. Reply

    Great tips. i usually tend to gain weight while on vacation because I can’t resist all the good food.

    • Ann B
    • February 19, 2015

    These are really great tips. I have been thinking of adding a probiotic to my diet.

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    Thanks for these tips. Ill remember them when we go to the beach.

  23. Reply

    I use this probiotic, I have yet to buy the little packets for adding into your water. I take the pills, great tips too, lots of water is really important.

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