Digestive health changes can happen with ANY kind of travel…
September 25, 2017
It’s time for a vacation. The fall months are peak travel time and the perfect opportunity to share the joys of autumn with friends and loved ones. According to the American Automobile Association, this upcoming season is a “best kept travel secret” (with summer over, there are great deals for the taking—making October and November travel options especially attractive). Sixty two percent of families taking a fall trip will travel by highway – and by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, millions more (28 percent of all Americans) will have set off by air, road, boat or rail during the period between Labor Day and late November.
So, with weeks of travel still ahead of us for 2017, what toll does seasonal travel take on our bodies – and in particular on our immune and digestive systems? While many don’t want to talk about tummy troubles, it’s a fact that more than 2/3 of Americans surveyed deal with a sensitive stomach or digestive tract issues such as gas, bloating or diarrhea. And, it’s also no surprise that the rigors of a schedule-crazed trek from shore to shore – often with family in tow – can wreck havoc on our systems.
The reason is clear: Science experts point to a very real Travel-Tummy connection based on proven science. Dr. Jochen Kumm, one of the principals behind Goodgut®, a new prebiotic designed to nourish good digestive bacteria and fortify the eco-system in our “bellies,” cites a gold standard study from the MIT Committee that discusses the measurable impact that travel can take on our “microbiome” (the microorganisms in the human digestive tract that help us to digest food and keep our body working in top shape).
The study showed that within 48 hours of travel to foreign countries, our bodies often literally revolt (and according to AAA, one-third of all travel by Americans this fall season will be to international destinations). But Kumm said that microbiome changes can happen for any type of travel – especially when sleep schedules, type of food, and travel stress comes into play.
To help save the whole family…