Posted by Carlos Velez (WisdomAndHealth) on February 04, 2014
Traveler's Constipation, also known as vacation constipation, is very common with travelers.
Now it's normal for all of us to experience some occasional constipation.
And it is quite common in other situations. Pregnant women, for example, experience constipation quite frequently.
But for travelers, constipation is also surprisingly common.
There are several reasons why we experience constipation when we travel.
The first, and perhaps most common, is the change in diet that usually takes place when we’re on the road.
When we travel, a few things happen to our diet:
- We tend to eat less healthy fruits and vegetables
- We eat more restaurant and junk food
- We tend to drink less water, and eat more processed soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Lastly, we can eat at different times of the day compared to our normal eating schedule.
All of these changes can result in less fiber, less water, and more processed foods in our diets…all of which can easily lead to constipation.
The second change which takes place when we travel is that we exercise less.
Regular exercise is a great way to prevent constipation, for two reasons.
First, regular exercise encourages water consumption, which is perfect for preventing constipation.
Second, exercise increases blood flow though out the body, including the small and large intestines.
This blood flow encourages our intestines to process food thoroughly and quickly, resulting in a smoother bowel movement.
The third reason why travel causes constipation is purely psychological.
Safe Toilet Syndrome (STS) is a phenomenon where we feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.
Say, for example, you are using the toilet in a hotel room.
The unfamiliar surroundings, even when pleasant, can cause our subconscious to prevent our doing anything that can place us in an vulnerable situation.
In other words, our brains are triggering constipation so that we can stay alert and ready to react to any “danger” that may come from the unfamiliar, potentially unsafe surroundings.
Is this rationale? No, but our minds can play tricks on us!
It’s the same thing that happens if we are in a friendlier environment, like a relatives house.
We can become conscious of the normal sounds and odors from our bowel movements.
So our brains shut this normal bodily function down.
What to do?
if you’re on the road, there are some very obvious things you can do to prevent travelers constipation.
Watching your diet and water intake is obvious. In fact, you should be doing that even if you don’t suffer from vacation constipation.
Second, if you have a normal exercise routine, such as jogging, it’s critical that you try to maintain this schedule.
So try to stay in hotels that have safe exercise facilities that mimic what you have at home.
As for the Safe Toilet Syndrome, one approach is to try to stay int he same hotel or hotel chain when you travel.
As you repeatedly stay in the same hotel or in very similar surroundings, your subconscious will let you relax, so you can avoid the problem in the first place.
As a final suggestion, pick up a bottle of our all-natural Tush MD.
This handy pills contain fiber and a few other ingredients to help you when your on the road.