Being constipated while on trip can be a very unpleasant experience! The situation is often due to disruption of normal eating habits and not being able to access your usual bathroom facilities. Here are a few natural ways to deal with constipation while traveling:
- Stay Well Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water will keep your stools soft and make bowel movements Avoid too much alcohol or caffeinated beverages as they tend to cause dehydration and stick to water, fruit juices, or other clear fluids instead.
- Eat More of Fiber-Rich Foods: Fiber is a friend to the constipated Have at least 2-3 helpings each of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
- Avoid High-Calorie Processed Foods: Don’t indulge too much in candy, cakes, chips, and other types of nutritionally deficient foods as they tend to worsen constipation symptoms.
- Find Ways to Stay Physically Active: Staying in one position for a long time like when you are on a road trip may make it harder to move your bowels. Take regular breaks when driving to stretch your legs or get up and walk along the aisle when on a long flight. Move your body to move your bowels.
- Try to Get Enough Sleep: Taking in the sights and sounds of new places can very exciting but neglecting sleep to do so can throw off your body functions leading to digestive system shutdown.
- Don’t Ignore Body Signals: Don’t suppress the urge to go to the bathroom because you want to avoid using a public restroom. Delaying a bowel movement can result in harder stools increasing the likelihood of constipation.
How often an individual has a bowel movement varies from 3 times a day to once very 3 days. The above tips will help promote normal bowel movements.
If you experience constipation on a regular basis while traveling, visit the specialists at Greater Houston Gastroenterology for an evaluation and treatment recommendation.
Greater Houston Gastroenterology is the largest full-service gastroenterology group in the Houston metropolitan area, bringing high quality, cost-effective personalized care to patients from The Woodlands and North Houston to Sugar Land, Richmond, Pearland, and Angleton. Please reach out of us if you have questions or would like additional information.