Looking forward to vacation? Having time off, relaxing, seeing new sites are all reasons to love vacation- constipation is not. It is said that 40% of people suffer from constipation while traveling or being on vacation.
Regardless of the rest and relaxation, vacation constipation is attributed mostly to anxiety and stress. Your gut is known as the “second brain” and responds to increased stress or anxiety the same way your brain does. There are neurons embedded in the walls of the gut which allow senses and emotions to manifest though the stomach, Scientific American explains. The planning, packing and schedule demands of travel cause stress and anxiety slowing down your healthy bowel movements.
Also linked to ‘vacation constipation’ is diet, dehydration and changes in your schedule. More often than not when we travel or spend time on vacation we hold in our bowel movements when we normally wouldn’t, eat new foods (usually less healthy than our normal routines) and tend to over do on the caffeine and alcohol and under do on the water. All of these vacation habits can lead to less bowel movements making you feel sluggish, bloated and uncomfortable during your highly anticipated trip.
Dr. Margarita Murphy at Colon Surgeons of Charleston recommends during travel to drink plenty of water and pack healthy snacks to keep your normal movements in line. Watch the indulging and use stress relief aids such as deep breathing or yoga to relax the mind, stomach and spirit!
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