healthy gut when travelling

Maintaining a Healthy Gut While Travelling

Oh how I love travelling!

 

I probably didn’t truly realise how much of a hobby and love this was until COVID-19 left me grounded. Now the world is starting to open up again, it’s time to talk about our gut while travelling.

As a naturopath and avid traveller, I am also very aware of the effects of travelling on my gut. Everything from the long haul flights, recycled plane air, new foods, new organisms from different climates, jet lag and more. All these things wreak havoc on our gut, which in turn affects your immunity, energy and sleep – all essential for our travels. But the good news is there is so much we can do to support our gut while travelling. 

 

Travelling GUT rescuing kit essentials:

Probiotics

Being exposed to different foods and new organisms is often the cause of travellers’ diarrhoea. Research has shown Saccharomyces Bourlardii (SB) can help prevent and treat traveller’s diarrhoea. 

If travelling to an area that is at increased risk for traveller’s diarrhoea it’s best to start taking an SB probiotic 2 weeks prior to leaving and then for the duration of your trip for prevention. If diarrhoea occurs while travelling, or if your gut just doesn’t feel right, SB can be taken in high doses to help treat it.   

Digestive Enzymes

Last year I finally got to tick Italy off my bucket list. It was amazing, but between the overindulgence in pizza, pasta and gelato, let’s just say I was not so regular. Digestive enzymes are a lifesaver when it comes to digestion. Once again these can be taken preventatively with each meal to help support general digestion or when you feel like your digestion is just not working so great.

Digestive Enzymes are also perfect for long-haul flights when your digestion is usually disrupted due to inactivity and often highly refined, high carb and high salt meals.  

There are also specific digestive enzyme supplements for dairy and gluten so if you’re someone who usually needs to avoid these but wants to indulge you can without the severity of symptoms. 

Find out more about Digestive Enzymes.

Peppermint Tea

 I’m a tea lover and I must confess I’m a bit of a tea snob so I often travel with my own tea strainer so I can have quality tea upon arrival. Having peppermint tea on hand is great as it is an antispasmodic so it will help to relieve digestive symptoms. 

My fav Peppermint Tea is Planet Organic which you can buy from the supermarket and health food stores making it extra simple to grab and go.

 

Extra Tips
  • Keep caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks to a minimum while flying. They mess with your microbes and also are dehydrating. Keep up the water intake! 
  • Keep moving. Often after long flights and bad food our digestion can become very sluggish. Continuing to move your body in the airport, on the plane or when you land will help with digestion.

 

Love Alissa & Kristyn ❤

 

 

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