5 Ways to Keep Your Gut Happy When Travelling
Because carrying constipation is excess baggage.
Happy digestive tract, happy life—isn’t that the saying? Well, it should be. Because few things ruin the ability to let loose and enjoy like constipation. Unfortunately, when it comes to stressful life events or changes in schedule and location (like that big vacation you’ve been dreaming about non-stop), it’s not an uncommon occurrence. Luckily, you don’t just have to sit back and take it. Whether you’re heading on the trip of a lifetime or simply need to make it through a long weekend at the in-laws, these tips for a healthy poo, will make for a happier, healthier you while travelling.
1. Bring a water bottle and fill it regularly.
More than 50 per cent of Canadians experience occasional constipation, and dehydration can be a trigger for dry, hard-to-pass poop. That’s why it’s important to keep your fluid intake up— by drinking plenty of water. You can always add a squeeze of lemon or a few slices of cucumber to make it more exciting to drink. And if you’re worried about water contamination in the country you’re visiting, stock up on bottled water.
2. Keep an eye on your fibre intake.
Changing up your diet while you’re out of town can have an impact on your bowel, especially if you’re eating at unusual times or leaning into low-fibre foods like meat, cheese and sweets. When you can, stick to your regular mealtimes and add fresh fruit and veggies into rotation. If you won’t have easy access to high-fibre foods, pack dried fruit to snack on throughout the day.
3. Break up long bouts of sitting.
A full eight hours stretched out on a beach chair may be good for your soul, but your digestive tract might disagree. Try to break up lounging with a bit of exercise like a walk, swim or—if you’re a real go-getter—workout class or gym session. Also aim for frequent standing and stretching breaks during long flights and car rides.
4. Start your mornings slowly.
If you usually do your number two in the morning when you wake up keep that window free for toilet time. It may take a while to adjust to a new environment and feeling stressed about your next activity could make it harder for you to go, so try not to pack your morning schedule. Being able to relax is important when it’s time to poop. Ask family members or friends to take a walk so you can poop in privacy.
5. Pack a gentle, effective laxative.
Surprisingly, 43 per cent of Canadians are afraid to use laxatives to relieve constipation. But that’s exactly what they’re made for: occasional use when you’re unable to go #2. When experiencing occasional constipation, try a gentle laxative like SENOKOT®, made from natural senna (a shrub-like plant whose leaves and pods have laxative properties). It’s a laxative that has been trusted by Canadian shoppers for over 60 years and is recommended by physicians and pharmacists.
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