Ok so potty talk might not be acceptable for most families but around here it is perfectly acceptable! Personally I don’t think we talk enough about it.  

 

How many of you suffer from constipation when you travel? I’m guessing many of you are raising your hand.  Not being able to have a proper bowel movement while traveling can make you feel miserable right?!

 

Well here are a few things that you can try to help your next holiday travel not include constipation…..

 

 

Consume Fiber  image

Dietary fiber is not digested in the small intestine and can knock on the wall of the large intestine in a friendly way to say there is someone here who wants to be shown the way out. It is highly recommended to eat fruits and veggies to get your fiber but when you travel you might not have as much control over your food choices. So you should consider adding a fiber supplement to your daily routine. The best results are produced by psyllium seed husks. Psyllium contains not only fiber, but also agents that draw extra fluids into the gut—making the whole business smoother. You can purchase this in many forms. Find what works best for you. Some people just add psyllium seed husk powder to water and drink but others will chew tablets.

 

 

Drink lots of Water    

If the body gets too little fluid the gut reacts by extracting more water from the food passing through it. That makes your poop harder. For those of you that will be traveling by airplane for the holidays, air travel can cause the body to lose similar quantities of water, even without sweating. The air in the plane is so dry that it extracts fluid from our body without our even noticing. The first sign we have of it is an unusually dry nose. During air travel it is a good idea to try to drink more than normal to keep the water in your body at a normal level.

 

 

 Relax and go!  image

If you need to go to the toilet, just go! Especially if you are a creature of habit and usually go at an appointed time. If you normally go to the toilet in the morning but suppress the urge because you’re traveling, you are not being kind to your gut. Your gut likes to work according to routine.  Suppressing a bowel movement even just a couple of times strains nerves and muscles that can make it increasingly difficult to get things moving again. Another issue is that the longer the poop stays in your gut, the more time your body has to extract fluid from it, making “your  business” even harder. Everybody poops so be free! Carry some “Poopourri Spray” or similar if it will help you not be so self conscious of your special scent.

 

Probiotics/prebiotics

There is a lot of research being conducted these days on the impact probiotics can have on one’s gut and the help it can provide for constipation sufferers.  Some research is testing to see how to match a person to a particular strain. Fascinating! It is recommended to consume a high quality probiotic that contains around a billion CFUs.

 

Rocking Squat Technique
Sitting on the toilet, bend your upper body forward as far as possible toward your thighs, then straighten up to the sitting position again. Repeat this a few times  This action can sometimes help get things moving.

 

Essential Oil Abdominal Massage  

Essential oils are all the rage these days and for good reason…they work! One essential oil that is recommended to be in everyone’s natural medicine cabinet is Peppermint.  Some people say even placing a couple of drops in the toilet before trying to poop helps bring on a movement.  I haven’t personally tried this but I have used peppermint diluted with a base oil like sweet almond oil to massage my abdomen and that has worked.

 

I hope you find these tips to be helpful in preparing for your next holiday travels!

 

If you have any tips to share please comment below.

 

image