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 wreak havoc on 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 yet sweet post, on “How to Stay Regular on the Road.”
1) Probiotics ~
How to Stay Regular on the Road
Probiotics accomplish three things essential for travelers: 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) They can fight food-borne illness & help prevent traveler’s diarrhea! It’s very common for the digestive system to get off track while traveling, particularly in developing countries. Probiotics are vital in keeping the stomach healthy, & thus, they definitely play a part in helping maintain regularity while on the road.
Typically, the more probiotics a supplement has, the more expensive & potent it is. For instance, some have 1 billion active cultures, which may work just fine for you ~ while others, like Green Vibrance (shown below), have 25 billion. The key is finding out which supplement works best for you.
**Read Dr. Christiane Northrup’s Thoughts on the Importance of Probiotics: HERE.
Best Probiotics for Travel
There are two different ways to get your probiotic on: as a powder or a pill. The most important thing to remember if you’re buying probiotics in pill form & you want to travel with them: make sure they don’t require refrigeration. Most probiotics lose potency if not refrigerated ~ which is why I recommend the Pearls shown below.
On the other hand, if you want more of an all-around health supplement, & are looking for more than how to stay regular on the road: go with Green Vibrance. It’s a green powder you can mix with juice, & it has TONS of nutrients & super foods in it + plus 25 BILLION probiotics ~ perfect for staying healthy on the road.
I carry this in a zip-lock bag when I travel. Has 25 BILLION probiotics, loads of vitamins & green powders. Keeps me healthy on the road & my immune system supported.
2) Triphala ~
How to Stay Regular on the Road
Second, in discussing how to stay regular on the road, we’ve got my true secret weapon ~ Triphala. And I bet you’ve never heard of it! So what is it?? Triphala is an Ayurvedic herb made of three fruits that 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 the digestive system, & are NOT good long-term solutions. Anyone who’s ever taken senna knows: it will make you pee out your asshole! NOT FUN. Triphala is the antithesis of senna ~ meaning you won’t be running to the bathroom, clenching your butt cheeks.
I’ve tried many different brands of Triphala, & my preferred brand is Planetary Herbs, shown below ~ quite simply because it works the best for me & there are no “bad” ingredients in it. Check with your doctor if you have any hesitations before trying, or are pregnant.
**Read Deepak Chopra’s Thoughts on Triphala: The Benefits of Triphala
Benefits of Triphala
- Assists internal cleansing without irritation
- Gently maintains regularity without causing diarrhea (or explosive poops)
- Works by toning & strengthening the gastrointestinal tract
- Supports healthy digestion & nutrient absorption
- Natural antioxidant
- Nourishes & rejuvenates internal tissues
- Does NOT cause dependence like laxatives can (laxatives can make your colon lazy ~ triphala helps your colon actually function better)