“A few things are likely at fault,” explains Dr. Saunders. “First, we tend to change our diets when we travel, buying several bags of peanut M&Ms, Panda Express, McDonald’s, or whatever your travel treat of choice may be. As they say in Gastroenterology (and Calculus), ‘Garbage in, garbage out.’” Dr. Saunders also adds that sitting for hours on end, perhaps being too polite to wake up your neighbor, adds to the problem. “This slows down digestion and our metabolic rate.” And certainly ups the toots.
The solution is simple: Don’t eat that stuff. Sure, you want to treat yo’self on vacation, but you'll have plenty of time for indulging at your destination. Even though airport Sbarros is the best Sbarro.
“Get healthier stuff such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, raisins, etc. These are high in fiber, and a very good thing when it comes to constipation,” says Saunders. Boring.
“Drink water! Also, get up and move around in the cabin. We say that ‘Moving your body moves your bowels.’ This will stimulate digestion a bit and relieve or prevent some of the bloating and constipation.”