Travel Tips: Staying Regular
Are you looking forward to an upcoming trip? Before any kind of travel, it’s important to set the intention that you’ll arrive feeling energized and well. There are things you can do for your muscles and joints while on the trip -- see this cool video on yoga to prevent achiness on a long flight -- and you know it’s important to keep hydrated before, during and after your flight (at least 2 L of water per day - up to half your body weight in ounces is my general guideline).
A common, but not often discussed, travel-related ailment is traveler’s irregularity. There are a myriad of reasons for travel-related bowel changes: your daily schedule is disrupted, you’re eating unusual foods at odd times or perhaps you find yourself going to bed later than usual. Yep, it is completely annoying, but constipation or irregularity is a great opportunity to pause and re-assess how you can treat your body better.
The mainstream’s usual reaction to occasional constipation is “here, take a laxative!” or “just take a stool softener!” My approach is to figure out why things aren’t working and fix the root cause.
Here are some key ways to keep you happy and stay regular– especially when traveling:
If you are severely constipated, have a fever associated with constipation or are experiencing severe pain with your constipation see your doctor.
Otherwise, I hope these tips help you to stay regular on your next trip!
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Dr. Katie is a next-generation natural medicine doctor and proud dog mom living in the mountain west.