There are some health issues that many of us deal with frequently, but would not necessarily want to speak of in polite society – or even chat about with our closest friends. This can sometimes lead to not receiving helpful tips and information that might dispel the issue, resulting in some people suffering in silence. One of these issues is digestive health and, in particular, regularity.
Most people don’t necessarily like to discuss their bowel movements or daily fiber intake, but when regularity becomes an issue it can have a significant impact on your level of activity, overall wellness and enjoyment of life. When traveling, it can mean missing out on family activities or, at the very least, taking much of the joy out of them. While it is hugely beneficial to have a private bathroom just steps away from you at all times when digestive issues occur on the road, it would be even nicer if you could simply avoid regularity issues altogether. Whether your trips to the restroom are too frequent, not frequent enough, difficult or loose, there are simple lifestyle and dietary changes you can make to ease your discomfort and get your digestive health back on track.
One of the most important steps you can take towards improving regularity is examining your diet for possible culprits that could be causing your suffering. For example, if diarrhea or frequent, loose stools are an issue, you may want to investigate possible food sensitivities, the most common of which that sometimes cause this issue being dairy, gluten, corn and soy. To assist in determining whether or not you have these particular food sensitivities, consider cutting all of these items out of your diet for four to six weeks, and then introducing them back into your diet one at a time, while taking note of any changes after each re-introduction.
At the other end of the spectrum, constipation can often be caused by too much dairy or excessive amounts of heavy, fatty meats. Of course, these are not the only potential causes, but they are a good place to start. If you find that your digestive health issues become worse when on the road, determine the differences in your diet by comparing what you eat at home and what you eat when traveling. Do you consume more fast food or high fat restaurant meals when on the road? Highly processed foods, high fat foods and many fast food menu options commonly cause issues with regularity and should be limited as much as possible to improve your health and your comfort.
Keep in mind that a low-fat diet primarily built around whole grains, vegetables, fruits and lean protein sources is the optimal choice for good digestive health. Limiting the consumption of processed foods and fast food can also help significantly. If you or your doctor believe supplementing your diet with foods or natural supplements might be beneficial, there is a variety of fiber supplements available in pill or powdered forms, as well as specially formulated food items, such as certain yogurts and juices that can help. Last, but not least, drinking 6-8 cups of water every day will help keep you regular.
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