Let’s talk about something we all really try to avoid in conversations… constipation. It’s uncomfortable, it’s painful, and it can sometimes be really embarrassing to explain. How can it be when the exact opposite is human nature? I don’t know about you, but as an avid traveler, its difficult to keep regular bowel movements while on the go. Between the airport, long flights, and change of time zones and of my daily routine, being regular can feel like a whole lotta’ work – while on vacation!
There are three things I live by when traveling: water, exercise and fiber. The combination of these three have helped me stay regular (and enjoy more my vacation) while breaking away from my routine.
Why water? Flying can really dehydrate your body, and dehydration often leads to constipation. Also, who doesn’t want a drink, or two, during a getaway? Alcohol leads to dehydration, which, once again, can lead to constipation. Drinking plenty of water throughout the trip can help keep you stay hydrated and make passing stools much easier.
Why exercise? It may seem totally unacceptable to workout while on vacation. However, moving your body either by walking, running, swimming, biking (or any other form of physical activity) can keep your digestive system moving. If going to the gym goes against your ethics (trust me, I know a lot of people who believe exercising on vacation is a crime), try doing something that involves sightseeing to keep it fun and interesting. Visiting Paris? Take a stroll through Champs-Élysées while doing some shopping. Going to San Francisco? Head up to Muir Woods for some hiking. Every place has its charm, might as well explore!
Why fiber? It is generally known that fiber helps us maintain bowel health. Eating foods high in fiber - like beans, nuts, strawberries, and broccoli – can help with digestion and *bonus points*they help you stay full. I don’t know about you but when I’m on vacation there is no such thing as a balanced diet. Pastries? Decadent chocolates? Mofongo? You name it. I always pack a fiber supplement just to make sure I meet my daily fiber requirements. While this occupies some space in my bag (not to mention I am not a light packer) it has been an effective resource when traveling.
Next time you go on an adventure, make sure you have the right tools to help you stay healthy and feel better. Plan ahead, pack smart, and keep your body hydrated and moving!