Carbonated beverages, like soda and beer can cause flatulence, gastric problems and also give mouth odour. The carbonation might also cause you to belch or get heartburn. Picture the bubbles you’re swallowing as tiny balloons that will end up in your stomach—and then rapidly expand when the air pressure changes. Not a nice experience.
Avoid anything that can cause excess gas to build up in your stomach and Beans has a bad rap for being a major gas culprit. Many types of beans and other legumes naturally contain indigestible complex sugars that can lead to bloating. With bad Nigerian roads, you will feel uncomfortable throughout your travel. So avoid beans, baked beans and don’t be tempted to buy that hot Okpa (Bambara pudding) if you’re passing through eastern Nigeria.
The human digestive system already has trouble processing saturated fats, it is even harder for your body at 100km/h and that is if your driver is among the sane ones.The fats and oils in fried food can cause heartburn, which can lead to a very uncomfortable journey. Food high in trans fats and salt can also lead to fluid retention, which, in turn, can cause your feet to swell. Whenever you feel tempted, just imagine what will happen should you be stuck at the Lagos / Ibadan or Ore traffic.
Spicy food can cause stomach discomfort and bladder irritation; it can also cause bad breath and leave your mouth burning. You don’t want to deal with any of these things during a journey, even for short trips.
Alcohol naturally has a dehydrating effect. Since traveling may also leave you dehydrated, you set yourself up for an unmemorable experience. Plus, a stiff drink or two can leave you with bad breath. And if you’re flying, keep in mind that alcohol has a bigger effect on your body at higher altitudes.
This is my favourite. Fasting for about 12 hours before a long trip may actually help you have a comfortable journey. No unexpected bowel movement.