How to keep your gut on track when travelling

It is quite common that our digestion can go a bit skew-whiff when we travel and that can often mean altered activity when it comes to bowel movements.

Now with most of us eagerly whipping out the passport, sun tan lotion, bikinis (or speedos gents!) for that long awaiting holiday somewhere sunny and hot we may also think about shoving in a packet of pain killers for that night out that (ahem) turns into an extra few cocktails but there is also a real side effect for many of us and that can be our gut health.

It is quite common that our digestion can go a bit skew-whiff when we travel and that can often mean altered activity when it comes to bowel movements. That could be going more often or much less so than usual. Various factors can affect this, one is the journey itself that whilst brings excitement can also bring a heap of stress, particularly if you are managing the entire family logistics. Planes are also a great sucker of moisture and the air pressure alone once up in-flight mode can also knock the gut unfavourably, particularly for longer haul ones, and if you are someone that already has a propensity for bloating and wind. Then once at your chosen destination you might not naturally drink enough water that can leave your gut dehydrated as well as eating foods that you wouldn’t normally have in your diet. And depending on your preferred choice on the menu this can mean lacking in veggies and fibre that support the gut. On the flip side the majority of us do find plenty of time to relax when we are on our hols and the gut loves a bit of down time too but just try to keep in some kind of gentle daily movement such as swimming or walking as that also keeps things ticking along nicely.

Here’s a couple of my pointers on how you can keep your gut on track…