So you’re 35,000 feet in the air and you’re getting ready to sleep or maybe you’re sleeping and you get a whiff of something foul. You know immediately what it is ’cause you’re not flying past a swamp. Yes, it’s either someone next to, in front of or behind you easing him or herself of flatulence.
So why does flatulence seem to magnify when flying? Believe it or not, it is quite common on flights. As the air pressure in the plane drops, the air in the intestinal tract expands causing bloating, discomfort, and yes, the desire to release it.
I know. We’re all human, and when we’re miles high in the friendly sky, you gotta do what you gotta do. But if it smells awful, I won’t appreciate your presence next to me, and the person sitting behind or in front of you won’t appreciate you either. What’s more, I’m sure you won’t like it if you were on the receiving end of the gaseous molecules.
Therefore, it all boils down to consideration. So lean in and listen. Consider your fellow passengers and these 5 tips to fight flatulence when you’re are flying.
Be mindful of what you eat. Consume foods that won’t trigger bloating and gas. Foods high in fat and carbs can cause a build up of gas in your intestinal tract. Avoid fried foods, bananas, beans, peas, onions, dairy, sodas, and cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli.
Get Rid Of The Gum
Yes, it’s great for clearing your ear during takeoff and landing, but that’s it. Constant chewing will cause excess gas to accumulate in your body. So chew for takeoff. Chew for landing then get rid of the gum.
Get A Gas Aid
Purchase over the counter gas aids. They work beautifully to break down the gas molecules and ease discomfort. However, if you’re like me and prefer the natural solutions you can try, probiotic supplements, charcoal supplement, caraway seeds, or dandelion tea.
Get up and move your body. Walking around will help get rid of the gases. Whereas sitting can the food to ferment, which causes further discomfort.
Dehydration may very well be the reason for your in-flight discomfort. The lack of humidity at such high altitudes can cause a decrease in bodily fluids, which can lead to bloating and constipation. Drink lots of water and avoid beverages like alcohol (yes, alcohol), which causes dehydration.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, health and wellbeing consultant and Qigong instructor. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo and more. She is the founder of Inside Outer Beauty Market, a multi-cultutal retailer curating and creating products to support the body inside and out. Visit the site at www.iobeautymarket.com