By Doctor Michael Murray, ND
Traveling will often lead many of us to deviate from our typical dietary routines. That can result in gut issues. Even the stress of traveling alone can throw off our digestion. Constipation, indigestion, gas, and traveler’s diarrhea are just some of the issues that may arise.
Let’s face it unless you plan, you may find yourself getting hungry and making poor food choices or simply eating foods that you normally would not eat. So, the first step is investing a little thought to develop a meal plan including snacks for the day. The more detail, the better, but do leave some flexibility as well. For example, if you are going to be on long flight you may want to bring your own healthy meal on board. As someone who has travelled extensive for over 30 years, I can tell you that food options at airports have improved dramatically. The same is true for the food on the airplane. Yet, I still bring my own snacks such as nutrition bars and fruit on the airplane with me.
Keeping it Moving while on the Go
The number one digestive complaint produced by travelling might surprise you. It is not some sort of traveler’s diarrhea, but rather constipation. Around 40% of travelers will experience constipation. One of the culprits contributing to constipation while traveling is not consuming enough water or eating enough high fiber, high water content fruit and vegetable.
Another factor is that physical movement stimulates the gut, so sitting on a plane or in a car for long periods of time can promote constipation. You have got to move to keep things moving in your GI tract. And, if you ignore the urge to go while in an airplane or in a car it can make it hard to go once you finally do try.
Feed the Microbiome
Traveling also leads to changes in the microbiome – the gut’s microbial flora. Since our gut bacteria plays a big part of colon function and fecal mass, it is important to feed the gut flora to relieve constipation as well as promote general bowel health. To support the microbiome as well support general digestion, I would recommend Digest Gold +Probiotics.
Digest Gold +Probiotics
Digest Gold +Probiotics provides exceptional support to overall digestion. Some of the digestive issues experienced during traveling could be the result of the effects of stress causing reduced secretion of digestive enzymes which may lead to a variety of digestive discomforts, including gas, bloating, irregularity and indigestion.
The combination of the enzymes and probiotics in Digest Gold +Probiotics provides the perfect digestive support while traveling.
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