How To Stay Regular on the Road

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.”  

I have two secret weapons when it comes to how to stay 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!

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.

How to Stay Regular on the Road

The best way to keep a flat tummy on the road is to bring along probiotics & some triphala…

These pills are SO tiny ~ they’re incredibly easy to swallow, & will easily fit in your purse or backpack.  Great for relieving gas, bloating, & keeping the tummy flat!

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
  1. Assists internal cleansing without irritation
  2. Gently maintains regularity without causing diarrhea (or explosive poops)
  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 helps your colon actually function better)

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