Contributing Editor: Vivian Nweze
We’ve all experienced it, but we rarely talk about it! Constipation is one of the most common causes for discomfort when you’re on vacation. No one likes to feel heavy, bloated, and sluggish when they’re supposed to be seeing the sights or relaxing! That’s why we’ve compiled the food, drinks, and activities you can use to prevent it or get through it with ease!
There are a lot of different reasons we got clogged up while on vacay. Dehydration is a cause that can be counteracted by making a conscious effort to drink a ton of water. You can carry a water bottle, use a water counting app, or even set a timer every 2-3 hours to remind you to drink water. If plain water isn’t your favorite, here’s our list of 6 Drinks To Keep You Hydrated This Summer.
Other reasons for vacation constipation include: consuming less fiber, dealing with stress, breaking your normal sleep pattern, and even sitting for long periods of time! Between getting jet lagged and a long journey, it’s easy to see why our bowel movements are quickly affected. So let’s be proactive with prevention!
Eat these fiber rich foods right before and during your trip :
If you’re already constipated, try these to help increase bowel movements:
- Clear broth soups
- Fruit Smoothies
- Veggies that pack a big crunch like broccoli, bell peppers, and cucumbers
- Coffee or hot tea first thing in the morning
- Beachbody Fiber Boost
Don’t forget to get physical! Cardio for any amount of time at any intensity can kickstart bowel movements. Go for a run or brisk walk, do some jumping jacks or burpees, dance around…even if you feel bloated a little goes along way!
Be careful if you choose to use stool softeners and laxatives. You don’t want your body to become dependent on them. You also want to avoid overuse that could lead to diarrhea!
Show us where you’re traveling to and how you’re staying healthy this summer by tagging @AutumnCalabrese and #TeamAC!