Around 40 percent of us get travel constipation.
According to Connecticut-based gastroenterologist Ed Levine, MD, one big reason has to do with changes in your routine. Different meal times, a shifted sleeping schedule, or jet lag can throw off your body’s circadian rhythm and affect your digestive process. Another factor is the so-called “safe toilet syndrome”—not being able to relax enough to use an unfamiliar bathroom. Depending on the severity of symptoms and the length of your trip, travel constipation can simply be annoying or extremely uncomfortable. Use these natural constipation relief tips to get back on track. Make sure you’re aware of these other reasons you may be constipated besides travel.
Walk when you wake up
Exercise increases the motility of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, says Dr. Levine. (That’s why hospital bed rest causes constipation—you’re much less mobile than usual.) Take a morning stroll to sneak in at least a little activity while you’re away, especially if you’re at a beach or lake where there’s not a lot of sightseeing on your itinerary.