Categories
Body icon
Body
We celebrate all shapes and sizes because we see nothing but beauty.
View Topic
Life icon
Life
GR8NESS isn’t something you do; it’s how you live.
View Topic
Mind icon
Mind
Infuse mindfulness and awareness into everything you do.
View Topic
Self Care icon
Self Care
Refresh, renew, and reconnect with your inner self to nurture your wellbeing.
View Topic
Soul icon
Soul
Connect with all of humanity and discover your true self.
View Topic
Body
We celebrate all shapes and sizes because we see nothing but beauty.
View More
Categories
A life in motion is a life well lived. Move. Discover. Grow.
View Topic
True health lies in finding the perfect balance of mind, body, and spirit.
View Topic
Chronic pain can be debilitating. Regain control of your body and mind.
View Topic
Remedies sourced from nature help heal pains, both seen and unseen.
View Topic
Feed your body properly and you’ll nurture more than just the physical.
View Topic
Life
GR8NESS isn’t something you do; it’s how you live.
View More
Categories
Ease the way you move through life with simplicity and intelligence.
View Topic
Strengthening your relationships helps you celebrate who you’ve become.
View Topic
Raising children is the job of a lifetime. And you never get to retire.
View Topic
Our planet is a marvelous gift. Become the change the world needs by helping it heal.
View Topic
They’re an extended part of your family. Care for them the way they deserve.
View Topic
Mind
Infuse mindfulness and awareness into everything you do.
View More
Categories
While you cannot escape the stresses of life, you can find shelter inside yourself.
View Topic
Calming anxiety, easing depression, and discovering peace of mind are within your grasp.
View Topic
Everyday tools, training, and techniques to convince your brain it can be so much more.
View Topic
From mantras for self-love to changing the way you look at wellness.
View Topic
category alt tag
Self Care
Refresh, renew, and reconnect with your inner self to nurture your wellbeing.
View More
Categories
The journey of self-discovery is never-ending. Embrace your journey.
View Topic
Feeling good about your outside impacts how you feel about your inside. Feel beautiful both ways.
View Topic
Soul
Connect with all of humanity and discover your true self.
View More
Categories
Dive into your practice and experience something new every day. Give your mind some space to grow.
View Topic
Feed your mind with powerful positive statements to help you believe in yourself.
View Topic
In a fast-paced world, sometimes the best thing you can do is to breathe.
View Topic
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Sign pointing to restrooms due to a bad gut while traveling
Image by Hafidz Alifuddin / Pexels
496 Views
2 Min Read Time
0 Shares

Traveling and Your Gut: What Can Go Wrong?

GR8NESS RATING
3
gr8 vote
GR8
0
meh vote
MEH
1
pass vote
PASS

If your initial thought after reading that headline was a lot, I don’t blame you. Despite our love for exploring new places and cultures, our gut is not too fond of the idea. From constipation to gas, gastrointestinal issues are common vacation woes. The feared traveler’s diarrhea gets up to 40 percent of travelers.

It seems like GI distress is an inevitable side effect of traveling. But, beyond the uncomfortable side effects, traveling affects your gut in ways many of us can’t see or feel.

Your Gut Microbiota May Change

It turns out. Our gut likes to stay home where it feels familiar. A small study looked at the microbiota of people who traveled. Throughout the study, the participants were asked to track their daily health, behavior, diet, and more.

One of the participants took a trip to Southeast Asia, and researchers found that two of the most dominant groups of bacteria in the human gut changed dramatically. What was more interesting was that the ratio came back to normal once the participant returned home.

You Could Experience “Gut Lag”

Jet lag affects every single inch of your body, including your gut. Our circadian rhythm, a fancy word for our internal body clock, determines many of our bodily functions and patterns. Whenever we travel, this inner clock goes crazy, affecting more than our sleep.

Gut lag is what some people describe as feeling hungry at the wrong times or having no appetite at normal eating times. Gut lag can result in constipation and diarrhea at its worst. Disrupting our inner clock can affect the gut microbiome and impair the immune function of the 100 trillion intestinal microbes that live in our gut.

What Can You Do before Traveling?

Gut issues while traveling should never stop you from exploring new places. Instead of being at the mercy of your gut next time you plan a vacation, try to prepare your gut for what’s about to happen. Just as you get ready by planning every outfit, make sure your gut is on your to-do list of things before departure.

Before your trip, try this:

  • Take a prebiotic and probiotic blend at least two weeks before your trip.
  • Start eating gut-healthy foods and more fiber.
  • Drink more water.
  • Eat a fiber-rich meal before you fly.

During your trip, try this:

  • Eat small portions whenever you can.
  • Avoid foods you already know irritate your gut.
  • Do your best to keep an eating schedule.
  • Get moving. Try to squeeze in some exercise.

In the end, what matters is that you enjoy your vacation time to its fullest. If you’re still feeling uncomfortable, try natural remedies like peppermint, fennel, ginger, and other anti-inflammatory herbs.

GR8NESS RATING
3
gr8 vote
GR8
0
meh vote
MEH
1
pass vote
PASS
Geraldine
GR8NESS Writer
Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
Learn More
Related Articles
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Luck Business / Shutterstock

What Is Gut Health and Why Is It Important

As science and time progress, we learn more about how the body works, what we’ve been doing wrong throughout history—and what we’ve been doing right. One thing we keep exploring is the health of one’s gut. According to record, the study of gut health began in the mid-1880s. Since then,...
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Şahin Yeşilyaprak / Unsplash

How to Kill Yeast Overgrowth and Treat Leaky Gut Naturally

Leaky gut, also known as intestinal permeability, results from yeast overgrowth in the digestive tract. When yeast grows in the intestines, it creates small cracks or holes in the intestinal walls, allowing toxins and harmful microorganisms to enter the circulatory system. The condition causes a range of unpleasant symptoms. However,...
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by P-fotography / Shutterstock

Is Kombucha Good for Gut Health? 

As we progress through life, we’re made aware of just how fragile the body is. It comes alongside the knowledge of just how strong it is, which we witness each day. This paradox is possible by the sophistication behind our bodily organs and systems. It is only when they are...
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed

How Gut Health Affects Your Body 

At first glance, the digestive tract is generally understood as a part of the body that does just that: help you to digest your food. While this is true, your gut is the center of operations to a myriad of systems that essentially run your body. The Anatomy of the...
The URL has been copied