Travel–whether for work or pleasure–can provide numerous benefits, from exploring new cultures and environments, to trying new foods and meeting new people.
However, along with the many positive elements that travel can provide, like many things in life, there are a few downsides to the process.
For example, for those of you with sensitive digestive systems, travel can throw you for a loop.
The stress, change in diet, shift in routine, inactivity, dehydration, lack of sleep, and jet lag can create the perfect storm and lead to digestive irregularity.
That’s why I’m sharing five tips for you to keep in mind for your next trip that will ensure your system remains as regular as possible–and your discomfort minimal…
#1 Herbal Tea
As an all-natural solution to digestive upset, herbal teas can promote better digestion of foods and decrease bloating and excessive gas.
Teas such as ginger, lemon, and mint are significantly better alternatives to synthetic laxatives–so be sure to stock up on enough packets for your trip!
High-fiber foods such as dried or fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, beans, and whole grain cereals and bread are great meal components when traveling.
This is because fiber is a surefire way to ease up any constipation you may experience on the road.
Breakfast is a particularly ideal time to consume high-fiber foods such as flax seeds or certain cereals because they help get your system cleaned out and your day started on the right foot.
Try to pack a few of these items in case they are hard to find where you will be traveling.
Magnesium, which you can take as a supplement in pill form, helps to calm the nervous system and reduces stress.
This is important because, often, stress is a big factor in causing a system backup, resulting in constipation.
As magnesium is a muscle relaxant, the intestinal muscles are more easily able to help waste move through your system swiftly–leaving you feeling more comfortable and your system more regular.
When you’re dehydrated, your body has a difficult time removing waste from your colon. This is because extra fluids help keep stool soft and easy to pass.
It’s recommended that you drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. When traveling, try to pack a refillable water bottle that can hold as much water as possible.
As a bonus recommendation–adding a pinch or two of salt into the water will enhance absorption and add a healthy dose of minerals.
#5 Yin Yoga
As a gentler form of yoga, certain Yin postures are great for promoting healthy digestion.
You can purchase easy-to-pack travel mats that you can use in your hotel room wherever you travel for a good 20-minute yoga session.
For additional natural digestive aids, check out my post about natural supplements to ease digestion.