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Have you ever noticed how traveling can occasionally bring on constipation? It is not just coincidental. There are reasons this happens.
Sometimes it's hard to keep to your daily routine when you travel. You change your diet. You change your schedule. Your usual timing of meals is thrown off. You get jet lag. You may have limited access to restrooms. You become dehydrated – all these things can lead to occasional constipation.
So here are a few tips to help keep your occasional constipation at bay while traveling:
- Drink water — Traveling can dehydrate, especially on the plane. When traveling by bus, car, or train, some travelers may fear visiting the bathroom too often and thus may not drink enough. Your body needs adequate fluids for proper bowel movements.5 Drink before you feel thirsty.
- Increase fiber — try to do this a few days prior to traveling. For adults under 50, women need 25 grams of fiber a day and men need 38 grams.5 Many Americans only consume half of this amount.
- Listen to your body — Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full. Don't overeat.
- Refrain from alcohol for a couple of days before your trip — Alcohol can dehydrate your body.
- Bring healthy snack food along — Packing your own snacks or making your own sandwich will keep you from eating unhealthy “fast” food. Pack convenient snacks like carrots, dried fruit, nuts, apples, oranges and instant oatmeal. Many of these foods, like oatmeal, contain fiber that can help promote regularity.5
- Relax and enjoy yourself — Since occasional constipation can also be a result of feeling tense or stressed, any measure to soothe the body can help keep your body functioning normally, including your digestive system.
- Pack Senokot® Tablets — Sometimes occasional constipation occurs despite our best efforts. Senokot® Tablets provide gentle, overnight relief from occasional constipation – so travelers like you can get back to regularity – and get the most out of your travels.