How to Stay Regular on the Road!

No one wants to talk about it….but everyone does it.  What am I talking about?!  POOPING, of course!  Seriously, for those of us who are long-term travelers, or even if you’re just taking off for the weekend ~ any slight change in your routine can create havoc in your digestive system.  I have friends who can’t poop unless they’re home…which is CRAZY!!?!  And it’s why I’m writing this short but sweet post, on “How to Stay Regular on the Road.”  

I have two secret weapons when it comes to staying regular on the road: 1) Probiotics, & 2) Triphala.  

How to Stay Regular on the Road, Girl Who Travels the World

This photo was taken in Pisac, Peru at an elevation of about 11,000 feet. Your digestive system virtually comes to a halt at that elevation. Without Triphala, I would have gone DAYS without pooping!

Probiotics

Probiotics are a traveler’s best friend.  They accomplish three essential things: 1) They keep the immune system healthy by replenishing good bacteria in the gut, where 70% of our immune system lives; 2) They improve digestive function & reduce bloating; & 3) Certain strains of probiotics can even fight food-borne illness & help prevent traveler’s diarrhea. 

Typically, the more cultures the probiotic has, the more expensive & potent it will be.  For instance, some brands have 1 billion active cultures, which may work just fine for you.  Others, like Green Vibrance (shown below), have 25 billion.  The key is finding out which supplement works best for you.  If you’ve tried a cheaper brand of probiotic that made you feel bloated ~ dump it, & spend $5-10 extra to get a better one.  NOT ALL PROBIOTICS ARE CREATED EQUAL!!  Cheap ones can have extra “filler” ingredients that may cause bloating.

Best Probiotics for Travel

There are two different ways to get your probiotic on: via powder or pill form.  The most important thing to remember if you’re buying probiotics & want to travel with them: make sure they don’t require refrigeration.  All brands listed below are stable at room-temperature.

If you’re looking for more of an all-around health supplement ~ & more than just how to stay regular on the road: go with Green Vibrance.  It’s a green powder you can mix with juice or water, & it has TONS of nutrients & super foods in it, plus 25 BILLION probiotics.  Taking one quick shot of this every morning is a great way to stay healthy on the road.

I carry this in a zip-lock bag when I travel.  25 BILLION probiotics + loads of vitamins & green powders.

Jarrow is one of the oldest, most trusted brands in probiotics ~ & this specific one is meant for travel, as it doesn’t require refrigeration.

These pills are SO tiny ~ they’re incredibly easy to swallow.  If the Jarrow pills are too large, try these!

How to Stay Regular on the Road, Girl Who Travels the World

Triphala

In discussing how to stay regular on the road, we’ve now come to my true secret weapon ~ Triphala.  What is it?  Triphala is an Ayurvedic herb that’s been used for thousands of years in the East, made of three fruits that specifically support elimination: Amalaki, Bibhitaki, & Haritaki.  Triphala is NOT a laxative ~ but it does everything you wish a laxative would.  Meaning, it gives you good, solid poops!  

Laxatives, even herbal ones like senna, can irritate & dehydrate the colon, & are NOT good long-term solutions.  Anyone who’s ever taken senna knows: it’ll make you pee out your asshole!  NOT FUN.  Especially when you’re on a bus or plane!  Triphala is the antithesis of senna ~ meaning you won’t be running to the bathroom, clenching your butt cheeks.  It’s the anti-laxative laxative, as it simply helps “tone” your colon,” while improving regularity.

I’ve tried many different brands of triphala, & my favorite is Planetary Herbs (shown below) ~ quite simply because it works best for me, & there are no “bad” ingredients in it.

Benefits of Triphala
  1. Assists internal cleansing without irritation.
  2. Gently maintains regularity without causing diarrhea.
  3. Works by toning & strengthening the gastrointestinal tract.
  4. Supports healthy digestion & nutrient absorption.
  5. Natural antioxidant.
  6. Nourishes & rejuvenates internal tissues.
  7. Does NOT cause dependence like laxatives can (laxatives can make your colon lazy ~ triphala actually helps your colon function better).

How to Stay Regular on the Road

If you’re in a foreign country & forgot to stock up on supplements beforehand ~ grab some apple cider vinegar from a local market.  Apple cider vinegar assists with digestion & can definitely get the “juices flowing,” as well as help prevent food-borne illness.  Give that a try if all else fails! 

I hope these tips on how to stay regular on the road keep your stomach a little happier on your next big trip ~ or even a weekend getaway!  For that matter, they’ll keep your stomach happy at home too.  Happy stomach = happy life.

Have you tried any of these herbal remedies before?  What is your experience with them?  Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo Noelia 

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Noelle Bertram is a restaurant owner, former fitness coach, Huffington Post writer, & all-around entrepreneur who travels full-time now & writes all about it! Catch up with her on Instagram or @ her website about being the ultimate, fearless travel girl: GirlWhoTravelstheWorld.com.
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