Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE teamed up with one of our resident dietitians Imogen Wolsey to share their words of wisdom when travelling with gut issues.
1. Prep for the flight
“If you know your gut is prone to playing up before a long-haul flight then cut back on fibre and ease off on the alcohol. Accept that things will be different when you’re away but try not to overthink. Easier said than done, I know.” Imogen Wolsey
2. Boil it, peel it, cook it, or forget it
“If you know you’re prone to gut issues then I always recommend that you consider the old mantra of boil it, peel it, cook it, or forget it.” Dr Sarah Jarvis
3. Go easy on the booze
“Think about your alcohol intake, because alcohol can make you prone to dehydration.” Dr Sarah Jarvis
4. Probiotic support
“Probiotic supplements aim to top up your good bacteria, you can start them before you go away.” Dr Sarah Jarvis
5. Prebiotic foods
“Prebiotics will feed those good bacteria and can be really helpful if you are having issues with your gut. You can find them in Jerusalem artichokes and asparagus, leeks, onions, tomatoes, a lot of fruit and oats.” Dr Sarah Jarvis
Finally, Imogen suggests bearing in mind that “because gut health is influenced by so many different factors, alongside dietary considerations, don’t forget to stay well hydrated, consider things like stress management, consider quality of sleep, how much movement you’re getting, time in fresh air and being around in nature.”
All that’s left for you to do is enjoy your travels. And send us a snap on Instagram @symproveyourlife.
Looking for more ways to support your gut on holiday? Head to our holiday hub for more expert tips and tricks.