4 Natural Remedies for Summer Travel

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summer travelTraveling may look a little different for many of us this summer, but whether it is a staycation, taking short day trips or traveling across the country, there are a few natural remedies for summer travel that can help your vacation go smoothly.

Probiotics: Studies have shown that probiotics (beneficial bacteria) may help prevent travelers’ diarrhea in adults. Saccharomyces boulardii is a very good option for travelers as it does not require refrigeration. Aside from taking a probiotic, only drink water from sealed bottles, and watch out for swallowing pool water! Even the cleanest pool may have pathogens lurking. If you do succumb to diarrhea, stay hydrated and consume the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) while you recover.

Fiber: One in four travelers experience constipation. Changes in eating and drinking habits, stress, and even reluctance to use public restrooms can cause some to bind up. A fiber supplement like guar guam or psyllium can help move things along. Make sure to drink plenty of water with your fiber intake. A product like Clear Fiber can easily be mixed with water. If this doesn’t help, try magnesium citrate. Magnesium citrate is gentler than laxatives and works by bringing water into the colon, making bowel movements easier to pass. Take this in the evening, so it works overnight.

DGL: Deglycyrrhizinated licorice in a chewable form helps stimulate saliva, which in itself helps ease the discomfort of heartburn. Heartburn is a common travel malady because of the urge to overindulge in food and alcohol, and sampling new foods. If you are prone to heartburn, eat smaller portions and chew your food well. Try to avoid caffeine, spicy and acidic foods.

Ginger: Whether it be in a chewable form or as a tea, ginger may help nausea associated with motion sickness. If you are prone to motion sickness, avoid reading or watching a movie while you are on the move. Keeping your eyes on the road or horizon can also ease motion sickness.

Always consult your doctor or health care practitioner before taking any new supplements.

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