August 06, 2018
Traveling is a joy. Experiencing other countries and cultures or even other states is eye opening and such a pleasure. There is so much to see and explore. Whether you are staying local on a “staycation” or traveling the globe, there are many ways to approach travel.
How Do You Travel?
Some people like to be completely spontaneous and other than booking hotels or house rentals, the entire trip is spur of the moment. There is something freeing about going with the flow, getting recommendations from locals, and staying off the beaten path. Life is a journey. As Yogi Berra once said: “When you see a fork in the road, take it.”
Others like to plan every detail. They pick specific airlines and flights, hotels, and the sites they want to see, and every day is planned down to the hour. Their itinerary is fully set and every minute is accounted for.
Some people even create theme trips, like hitting as many baseball stadiums and ballparks as they can. For foodies, restaurants and dining become a major focus, and reservations are a must. They also may plot out cooking classes and beer and wine tastings.
Plan For What You Can’t Plan For
Either way, the last thing we want is to have stomach issues and problems with our digestion. With every known element, there is always the unknown and things we could not have planned for. Keeping healthy when we travel can be a challenge. Jet lag and time changes can really mess with our sleep patterns and our internal clocks, as well as our bodies’ natural rhythm. We can go from being “regular” to being constipated way too easily. And eating the wrong things can wreak havoc on our stomachs. Diarrhea is way too common for travelers and nothing we want to have to deal with.
Here’s a simple eating/dining tip: If you are ordering food from a stand or restaurant with a walk up service counter, place your hands on the glass to make sure the food is being kept at cold temperatures. If it isn’t, walk away… fast!
Germs on planes, in hotels and public spaces can affect our immunity. Even if it’s a simple day trip, packing the right things is important. We remember our toothbrush for oral health, sunscreen to protect our skin, but what about our internal health?
Indigestion, stomachaches, and colds or flus cannot only wreak havoc on your body; they can totally destroy a vacation! Who wants to be lying in bed, while the rest of the group is off enjoying their time? While we may not be able to prevent everything, taking simple precautions is always your best bet.
Your Favorite New Traveling Companion
Probiotics are portable and simple to pack. They can boost your immunity and a Lactobacillus-based probiotic could help tone down indigestion. Certain Natren products contain Lactobacillus bulgaricus LB-51 super strain, which has been shown to be a beneficial bacteria that goes through the digestive tract and helps with digestion. Check out Natren’s Healthy Tummy.
Figure out the number of days you’ll be gone, including travel days, and put what you need in a baggie, or buy one of those pill/vitamin travel cases and make sure you have your daily supply all set out and ready to go. As you go through your packing list, make sure you remember the necessities:
Wallet, ID and tickets? Check.
Gut health? Check!!!
Make the most of your journey and keep yourself and your family safe. Don’t forget to pack the probiotics. Travel safe and enjoy every minute!
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