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 left me grounded. Now that the world is starting to open up again, it’s time to talk about our guts while travelling.

As a naturopath and avid traveller, I am also very aware of the effects of travelling on my gut. Everything from 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 our 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) probiotics can help prevent and treat traveller’s diarrhoea. 

If you are traveling to an area that is at increased risk for traveller’s diarrhoea as a preventative, you can start taking a probiotic 2 weeks before leaving and then for the duration of your trip. 

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 well.

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 or gets caught out, try a dairy or gluten digestive enzyme supplement. 

 

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 tea strainer so that I can have quality tea upon arrival. Having peppermint tea on hand is great as it is an antispasmodic, so it will help relieve digestive symptoms. 

My fav Peppermint Tea is Planet Organic which you can buy from supermarkets 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 are also 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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