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What Not to Eat When You're Flying

By Dr. Oz and Roizen
Monday, 17 Jul 2017 04:59 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In the often-hilarious 2006 movie "Snakes on a Plane," you discover just how tough it is to get rid of a load of poisonous snakes during a commercial flight.

However, there is one moment when a male flight attendant finds a possible solution: He puts a menacing reptile in a microwave and is very thankful to discover that there's a preset button on the machine marked "Snake."

Unfortunately, when you’re on a plane there's no push-button solution. So, to avoid flatulence and other such problems, here's what not to eat before you board:

Ditch foods that expand your intestines, leading to bloat and gas. Lower cabin pressures mean the gases in your body are already expanding; don't egg them on by eating onions, cauliflower, cabbage, or beans, or by drinking soda.

Avoid foods packed with sodium and saturated fat. Fast and fried foods are hard to digest, especially at high altitudes, and that can cause cramping and smells.

Plus, there's a risk for you: Saturated fat contributes to constricted blood flow in a matter of hours, which can lead to swollen feet and can increase the risk of a blood clot.

Skip alcohol: It's easy to get woozy at 35,000 feet, and the dry, recirculating air in the cabin can dehydrate you. Stick with 12 ounces of water per hour.

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