Constipation While Travelling:
While travelling, the wrong foods, inactivity and not drinking enough water can lead to constipation.
Often when travelling people become constipated because they veer off their normal diet and because their daily routine is disrupted. (3)
Common causes of constipation while travelling: (3)
- Not enough fibre in the diet
- Lack of physical activity
- Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
Here are some tips for relieving travellers’ constipation: (3,4)
When snacking, stick to healthy snacks, like wholegrain crackers, fresh or dried fruit and fresh vegetables. Because you are more prone to eat a delicious croissant than cereal when on holiday you must take in some fibre during your day. Not taking in enough fibre leads to constipation.
Limit yourself to one treat a day. All the wrong foods eaten on vacation can make constipation worse, e.g. pizza, sweets, cheese, chips, processed foods and ice cream to name but a few.
Dehydration is another cause of constipation. While travelling, don’t get so busy that you forget to drink some water. Carry a water bottle with you and keep it full. In the absence of clean drinking water, buy bottled water, fruit juice and non-caffeinated drinks. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Both of which can cause dehydration. If you are having a drink, make sure you drink lots of water as well to keep you hydrated.
Most vacations consist of long periods of travelling by car, train, boat, or plane. Take frequent breaks to move around and stretch your legs. Once you reach your destination, do something that will get your body moving, e.g. a long walk or bike ride.
Don’t ignore the urge
Whether you feel uncomfortable going to a public restroom or just don’t have the time in between sightseeing, it is not good to ignore the urge to go. This leads to constipation. It is important that you use the restroom when you feel the need to.
Plan to go
Plan to use the restroom at a certain time of day, every day. This gets your body into a rhythm. Schedule this at a time when you are still at the hotel or holiday destination. If nothing happens, try again in 10 minutes’ time or after you’ve had a meal.
Agiolax® can be safely used during your travels as it does not lead to loose watery stools.