We hear more about jet lag and even diarrhea than we do about traveler’s constipation. But when it comes to travel-related health issues, constipation probably is just as common. It’s not just annoying. It can make you so uncomfortable that it impacts your entire trip. That’s why constipation is something that you really should be prepared to manage.
Why are you suddenly irregular?
You can become constipated any time you travel, even if it’s just a short trip. Your body is reacting to changes in your routine and diet. You may also become dehydrated on long flights or hiking trips. For some people, just being away from their own bathroom is enough to cause issues!
Constipation can really put a damper on a trip. It can cause headaches, bloating, stomach pains and embarrassing gas. Whether you’re traveling to close a big business deal, or to meet your future in-laws for the first time, you want to avoid any of these symptoms.
Have a strategy in place before you travel
• Drink lots of water. A good strategy is to have a water bottle, or a glass of water, with you at all times. Drink water even when you don’t feel thirsty. As a side benefit, this will also help to hydrate your skin.
• Complement your fiber-rich diet with a good probiotic/prebiotic fiber supplement such as Regular Girl. The probiotics in this unique combination are especially important if you are traveling to a foreign country where you might be exposed to different microbes in the food and water that can upset the balance of your microflora. Sunfiber, the prebiotic/soluble fiber used in Regular Girl, mixes well with fluids (it doesn’t get thick and gritty) and it won’t lead to excess gas or bloating that is so common with other fibers. And because Sunfiber is a prebiotic, it will help to nourish both the probiotics within Regular Girl as well as the healthy microflora already in your digestive system.
Also, build time into your travel schedule for exercise. This is important because exercise improves digestive health and laxation by increasing blood flow, improving the transit time of food through the intestines and stimulating contractions of intestinal muscles. Brisk walks, swimming and stretching are all great activities to keep you regular and improve overall fitness while you are on the road.