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5 ways to avoid constipation while travelling

In times of 'wanderlust' and global economy, nearly all of us travel for for work, or pleasure. But travelling often takes a toll on our body, especially stomach. One of the most common 'side-effects' of travelling is constipation.

Here are 5 ways to travel fuss-free:

1. A shot of apple cider vinegar a day keeps constipation away.

Apple cider vinegar improves digestion, and helps cutting down on calories as well.

You can put one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a little bit of water and drink it 15-30 minutes before each meal . This will help in better digestion and consequently, easier poop. It helps to stimulate the production of gastric juices, which are essential for breaking down food properly. This aids digestion by cutting down on bloating and abdominal cramping, and optimizing bowel movements.

2. Carry sachets of ginger tea when you travel.

Ginger removes stagnancy in the body, keeps you hydrated, boosts your circulation, minimizes swelling in your feet and legs, and keeps things moving in the body. But ginger tea doesn't mean your adrak wali milk tea.You will have to opt for the dip-sachet-in-hot-water version.

3. Take a hot shower.

A hot shower will not just help you feel fresh, but also help you poop well.

This one may be surprising. Taking a 20-minute hot shower before leaving and immediately once arriving allows our body to reset as well. Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are released upon the stimulus of heat, says Mona Dan, an acupuncturist. These protect our bodies against stress-inducing events. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can also add citrus essential oils to boost relaxation and digestion as well. Many hotels provide them as well.

4. Avoid airplane food.

Avoid airplane food if you think you have issues with constipation.

Many of us take flights for easy and speedy travel. And to dig in once the food arrives, served by a smiling air hostess or steward. But airplane food can be dehydrating, which means hard poop. So pack food for your flight. Yes, your ma was right about forcing you to take homemade food.

5. Time your poop.

Timing your poop helps in avoiding hassles while travelling.

We know that travelling means being outside for long stretches of time. That is all the more reason to time your poop or potty train yourself. A good poop before leaving, and regular hydration will ensure easy poop the next morning as well, and on time.

Follow these tips to avoid being stuck in the hotel, staring at bathroom wallpapers while your family or friends enjoy outside.

 

dr GeoDr George R Ruwwe BS Engineering, DDS, Lic Paramedical Examiner
(Dr Geo)
Univ Missouri USA DDS
US Naval Academy Annapolis Md. , BSE
Licensed in Mexico
Consultant for Centro Dental, Ajijic Mexico
Columnist for Ajijic News




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