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This Is Why You’re Always Bloated During Travel – Here’s How to Fix It Before Your Next Trip

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This Is Why You’re Always Bloated During Travel – Here’s How to Fix It Before Your Next Trip

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The process of traveling – especially during the holidays – can be extremely stressful due to traffic, flight delays, and trip cancellations. Besides testing your patience, travel can also disrupt how your body functions. Nope, we aren’t talking about tight hamstrings because airlines have reduced how much leg room you have to accommodate more seats; we’re talking about your digestive system.

Not exactly the icebreaker conversation you’ll want to have with your seatmates, but it’s important to know how travel impacts your digestion. To understand how that cross-country flight is messing with your stomach, making you bloated, gassy, and constipated, POPSUGAR spoke to Samantha Nazareth, a double board-certified gastroenterologist in New York City.

Related: The 1 Thing I Never Board an Airplane Without (Hint: It’ll Minimize the Germs)

"Most people are traveling for hours on end, and not really moving a whole lot. As soon as we sit and don’t move, that slows down the movements inside of us called peristalsis," Dr. Nazareth said. Peristalsis is wave-like muscle contractions that are responsible for moving the food you eat from your esophagus to your stomach and your intestines, and eventually, you’ve got to go number two.

Getting up throughout your flight or stopping at a rest stop to shake out your legs may help slightly, but if you really want to avoid constipation and other stomach discomfort, Dr. Nazareth recommends the following three pieces of advice – and they’re easy to do.

Related: These Are the 5 Parts of the Airplane to Avoid, According to Experts

December 14, 2018 at 02:39AM

New Year, New Sports Bras: These Are the 12 Picks We’re Loving Right Now

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New Year, New Sports Bras: These Are the 12 Picks We’re Loving Right Now

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Ask any woman who works out about sports bras, and be prepared for a short monologue about her favorite brand or a horror story about the one that broke mid-sprint. People are passionate when it comes to sports bras because they’re the most critical piece of our workout wardrobe. So we’ve done a little digging and come up with our favorite picks that are available right now. Think high-support cult favorites and adorable strappy styles perfect for yoga. Now all you have to do is shop!

December 14, 2018 at 02:20AM

I Spent $48 on a Sleep Mask, and It’s Better Than Sleeping With Blackout Curtains and Ear Plugs

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I Spent $48 on a Sleep Mask, and It’s Better Than Sleeping With Blackout Curtains and Ear Plugs

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When you wake up almost every day at 4:45 a.m., sleep becomes a necessity, but also a luxury. Most days, I get around five to six hours of sleep – that is if I can fall asleep. At night, I find myself listening to the noises outside my window (because there’s always something going on in New York City), running through my to-do list for the next day, week, month, and year (I think a LOT), and worrying about my training and work schedules.

Although I try my hardest not to scroll through Instagram in bed, and follow these expert tips for better sleep, I still struggle to get a quality night’s rest most of the time.

I’ve heard a ton about weighted blankets improving sleep, but I really like my comforter, and the way my studio apartment is set up, I just don’t have enough room for another item (unless it sneakers). Because space is limited and I don’t have the funds to renovate a brownstone in Harlem, I decided to try a sleep mask.

I wish I had some great story as to how I came across the Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask ($48), but knowing me, I was probably shopping online at 2 a.m. Not going to lie, the price point had me feeling some kind of way, but after reading 49 reviews, I felt more confident in my purchase.

After wearing this mask every night for a couple of weeks, I know this for sure: I never want to go to bed again without it. Dramatic? It depends on who you ask, but it’s 100 percent true. So what makes this mask better than a $10 one I can find at Target? It’s machine-washable, it’s silk (which means I’m fighting off wrinkles and protecting my skin), it muffles noise, it’s better than blackout curtains, and it doesn’t leave dents on my face or hair.

A few months ago they changed the lights on my street, and ever since I’ve been dealing with obnoxious light coming through my window at night. I considered blackout curtains, but decided against them because the light is nice overall (just not when I’m trying to sleep). After a few nights of wearing this mask, I noticed I was able to sleep through the entire night (except waking up to go to the bathroom), which is very rare. The annoying people who party outside while everyone else is sleeping? Couldn’t hear them.

I also have a habit of waking up and checking every clock in sight (microwave, stove, and cable box because I live in a studio apartment) throughout the night because I’m paranoid about sleeping through my multiple alarms. Since wearing this mask at night, I’ve woken up once or twice to check the time. That’s what I call progress, people.

Investing in this eye mask was a great decision on my end, and I’m obviously not the only one who feels this way. Lunya offers six silk sleep masks, and currently, five out of six colors are sold out. Fortunately, I spoke with the team at Lunya, and they said they will be restocking and releasing new colors of the silk masks in mid-January. That gives you enough time to save up all your holiday money to get one.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on their silk mask, check out the brand’s Pima cotton Restore Mask ($48).

December 14, 2018 at 01:40AM

26 Healthy Recipes That Will Make Everyone at the Dinner Table Merry This Holiday Season

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26 Healthy Recipes That Will Make Everyone at the Dinner Table Merry This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is amazing for so many reasons, the biggest one probably being all. the. food! From peppermint bark to gingerbread, treats are all around. And while we fully support indulging in moderation, you can certainly whip up a lighter and healthier recipes that still celebrate the season.

Cutting back on a little bit of sugar, avoiding refined carbs, and just adding some more vegetables here and there can go a long way. These next 26 recipes can prove to you just how delicious having a healthy holiday can be.

Related: Raise a Glass This Season With These 13 Lightened-Up Cocktail Recipes

December 14, 2018 at 12:59AM

I’m a Dietitian, and This Is How I Avoid Gaining Weight at the Holidays

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I’m a Dietitian, and This Is How I Avoid Gaining Weight at the Holidays

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The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but with your calendar double- and triple-booked with parties, booze flowing freely, and tempting treats at every turn, it’s also the most challenging time to stay on track with your fitness goals. That’s why most people gain one to two pounds over the last several weeks of the year. While that’s not excessive, it’s not a gift you can easily return with a sales receipt. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to forgo the festivities in order to avoid that holiday weight gain – instead, try these strategies that have always worked for me.

December 14, 2018 at 12:40AM

22 Coffee Mugs For the Fitness-Lover in Your Life Who’d Rather Be “Sore Than Sorry”

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22 Coffee Mugs For the Fitness-Lover in Your Life Who’d Rather Be “Sore Than Sorry”

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Picture this: it’s 6:30 am, it’s pitch dark out in the dead of Winter, and you’re dreading that early morning indoor cycling class you booked the night before when it sounded like a much better idea. You look around your apartment and let out a deep sigh. Since it’s not physically possible to plug yourself in and juice up with some energy, you go for the next best thing: coffee. The human charger. While Amazon’s giant 64-ounce coffee mug sounds appropriate for that hour, we’d like to be able to get through the class without leaving to pee every three minutes, so what we really need is something that’s going to motivate us to get to the class and be excited about it.

A coffee mug with the words, "Wake up beauty, it’s time to beast," is exactly what we’re talking about. Ahead, find 22 coffee mugs for the fitness-lover in your life who really just wants to "drink coffee, lift weights, and play with my dog," or the friend who lives and breathes "Coffee. Cardio. Cocktails."

December 14, 2018 at 12:40AM

All the Leggings You Need to Add to Your Collection in 2019

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All the Leggings You Need to Add to Your Collection in 2019

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No matter how impressive our workout wardrobe may be, we’ve always got room for more leggings. And this year, there have been quite a few pairs that made it into our Hall of Fame. If you’re going to crush your New Year’s goals, treat yourself to a great new pair of leggings. Of all the styles you could possibly choose, these are our 14 favorites. Now all you have to do is get moving.

December 13, 2018 at 11:59PM

18 Healthy Ways to Wow Guests at Your Next Holiday Potluck

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18 Healthy Ways to Wow Guests at Your Next Holiday Potluck

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There are two types of people in this world: the ones who hate potlucks because that means they have to cook something and the ones who love it because they get to share a dish they treasure. After browsing through these next recipes, anyone in the first category might just flip.

Forget the calorie-heavy potato salad and casseroles that will put you to sleep after a few bites. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed around loved ones, and just because you’re watching what you eat, that doesn’t mean you can’t partake in the festivities or share a great meal with friends and family. For your next potluck, try whipping up one of these 18 healthy dishes for cheer all around.

December 13, 2018 at 11:59PM

2019 Is Looking Pretty Good – We Found the 20 Coolest Sneakers on the Internet

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2019 Is Looking Pretty Good – We Found the 20 Coolest Sneakers on the Internet

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To say we’re obsessed with sneakers would be an understatement. They occupy a large portion of our fitness-loving brains pretty much all the time. Whether you’re hitting the gym, going for a run, taking a class, or just doing errands, having a decent pair of kicks is important. We created a guide to the very best sneakers to get in 2019, so get your hands on them fast. Hot commodities like these don’t stick around for very long.

December 13, 2018 at 11:23PM

2019 Is the Year We’re Finally Getting a Good Night’s Sleep – Here’s How

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2019 Is the Year We’re Finally Getting a Good Night’s Sleep – Here’s How

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Trends in wellness ebb and flow, but getting rejuvenating sleep has now moved beyond the fad stage and into a full-on movement. Everyone we talk to is obsessed with their sleep quality, getting to sleep faster, and making the most of their downtime. If you’re as committed to getting your rest in as we are, but seem to be having trouble, you’ve got to pick up these products. Happy shopping, or should we say, sleep well!

December 13, 2018 at 10:59PM

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