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Travel & Digestion

Don’t let your stomach ruin your vacation!

An estimated 10 million international travelers get traveler’s diarrhea each year. But that doesn’t mean you need to let a bad case of constipation, gas, heartburn or Tourista get your gut in a twist. A bit of planning before your trip and safe practices during will ensure you spend more time relaxing and less time in the bathroom.

According to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation, there are 20 million Canadians who suffer from some form of digestive disorder – that’s two out of every three people.

Whether you’re a chronic or situational sufferer, your worst travel nightmare is having a well-earned vacation ruined by an unreliable gut. Here are some common causes of vacation stomach problems and some prevention tips:

1 – Changes in Routine

If you’re prone to a nervous stomach, a simple change in your everyday routine can wreak havoc on your tummy. While dehydration is a common vacation sin, not getting enough daily fluids automatically slows down the body’s detoxification function. Make sure to bring a bottle of water with you while sightseeing or relaxing on the beach.

2 – Overindulgence in Unfamiliar Foods

When vacationing, it can be tempting to overindulge in all sorts of exotic goodies or excessive alcohol. Unfortunately, your stomach and liver may not be able to keep up, with you, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Beware of unfamiliar food and tap water. When eating out, avoid ice, lemons, salad bars, and street vendor food. Ice may seem harmless enough but studies have shown that many ice machines are contaminated with viruses, parasites, mold, and fecal bacteria! Cultures of restaurant lemons have shown similar results because lemons are not washed and peeled like other produce. Salad bars are often questionable because so many people hover over them and handle the food.

3 – Parasitic Infection

A parasitic infection is another common cause of stomach problems on vacation. Parasites can be picked up not only in produce and ice cubes but also in water parks, hotel swimming pools (they survive chlorine). Be cautious as they cannot only ruin your vacation, it can lead to lasting health problems if left untreated.
When it comes to your health and wellbeing, listening to your gut isn’t a cliché. Be prepared!

Detox before and after your trip

Before leaving, your gut should be buzzing with good bacteria. They are the best barriers between you and harmful infections. One month prior to departure, start on a course of A.Vogel Molkosan and probiotics to prep your gut. After your trip, an easy 15-day detox can help give your tummy a little R&R of its own. In the morning prepare a 1.5L bottle of water, mixed with 45 drops of A.Vogel's Boldocynara, 45 drops of Stinging Nettle and a tablespoon of Molkosan to drink throughout the day.

Be ready if symptoms strike

A.Vogel’s new Artichoke-Milk Thistle Boldocynara Complex tabs are clinically proven to relieve symptoms such as, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramping and bloating. Be sure to take a bottle with you in your luggage. And of course - make sure you take a travel probiotic with you too!
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