Travel digest: Gut friendly products to take on your travels
Something we’re asked about a lot is how to travel well (and travel healthy), particularly when it comes to gut health, and there are a few tips and tricks you can always call upon to keep your gut and digestion in tip-top condition when heading overseas.
Just pop one pill every morning with breakfast to keep the good bacteria thriving. Probiotics can help protect against stomach bugs and infection, and can improve the quality of your skin, meaning that any tan you pick up will last for longer.
Travel and sunnier climes can dehydrate you to such an extent your digestive system seizes up and becomes irregular, leading to bloating and a general feeling of ‘ugh’. Soak up the local culture by loading up on H2O.
EAT ACCORDING TO THE TIME-ZONE
Begin timing your meals according to wherever you’re visiting. The impact of syncronising your mealtimes in line with your destination helps your digestive system become accustomed to your new time zone, and has even been shown to improve the symptoms of jet lag.
TAKE YOUR OWN FOOD ON FLIGHTS
Airplane food is often processed, so if you have the time, take a packed lunch and some blood-sugar stabilising snacks with you in your hand luggage. You’ll feel a million times more together when you reach your destination. Here’s our pick of the best gut-loving products to pack this summer. Helpfully there are no liquids, so they’re suitable for those traveling with hand luggage, too.
This nutrient-dense, fibre-rich superfood formula is the perfect addition to hotel breakfast buffet muesli bowls. Containing chia and flax seeds, turmeric powder extract, as well as pre- and probiotics, if there’s an antidote to travellers’ sickness, this is it.
Perfect for mountain-top or beach-towel snacking, these new snack bars combine crunchy buckwheat with a smooth raw chocolate coating, while one billion biolive cultures keep your gut in tip-top shape. The bars tick all the boxes of the health-conscious holidayer, and come in three flavours.
Specifically formulated for travellers, Optibac have concocted a special blend of probiotic containing five billion live cultures with a superior quality natural bacteria blend designed to survive high temperatures. Ideal for those travelling to particularly hot countries this summer, as its efficacy is guaranteed.
Literally translated as ‘three fruits’ (the essential holy trinity of amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki), this natural supplement contains a concentrated combination of organic and FairWild certified herbs (like psyllium husk and linseed), and helps support the body by increasing regularity.