After a winter that seemed like it would never end, I’m thrilled to say that summer—and the long-awaited travel plans that go with it—is finally here! Whether you’re headed out in the car for a family road trip, on a plane for an overseas adventure or on a train for some scenic cross-country views, one thing is certain: When you are on the road, there are plenty of germs around and common traps that could derail your digestive health. One way to help you stay well when traveling is by adding probiotics to your packing list.*
Why Pack Probiotics?
Immune Health. The gut accounts for at least 70% of our immune system and is home to trillions of live microorganisms that need to be in balance for us to be healthy. Studies suggest that the good bacteria in the gut may contribute to a fully functioning immune system and, in turn, can help protect against infections. In other words, adding a source of probiotics to your travel bag is an important way to support your body’s germ-fighting abilities.*
Occasional Constipation. When deviating from your everyday eating and drinking routine on vacation, it’s easy to become irregular. Perhaps you drink a little less water than usual or eat fewer fiber-rich foods, both of which may contribute to occasional constipation. A meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that taking a probiotic supplement could help with stool frequency and consistency.* Take advantage of probiotics early on to help support regularity throughout the season and all year long.*
Occasional Diarrhea. If you’re traveling to a far-off locale with unfamiliar food or less-than-sanitary conditions, you may increase your risk of occasional diarrhea. Research suggests that probiotics may help by promoting a healthy gut balance.* If you do experience occasional diarrhea, taking a probiotic supplement may support a quicker return to regularity.*
Be sure to pack a few sources of probiotics as well as prebiotics (the fiber that probiotics thrive on in the gut), which work together synergistically to keep you feeling good on your travels.* Here are some easy-to-carry options that you may already have in your kitchen:
- Probiotic Supplements. Since the amount of probiotics in foods can vary widely and it can be hard to get enough probiotic-rich food each day, a daily supplement can help keep your gut in balance and support optimal digestion and health.* Renew Life Ultimate Flora™ Extra Care Probiotic Go Pack 50 Billion is a portable, high-quality daily supplement that has billions of live cultures and multiple strains, along with prebiotic fiber—and it doesn’t need refrigeration.
- Yogurt or Kefir.Bringing a cooler on the road? Yogurt and kefir both contain active cultures (aka probiotics) and protein that can keep your family healthy and satiated!
- This fermented tea drink is available at most supermarkets and is a tasty and hydrating gut-friendly beverage. Look for brands that say “live active cultures” on the label.
- Ripe (pun intended) with prebiotics, bananas are a great addition to any travel bag and a family-favorite energy food.
- For those who like savory, crunchy snacks, pickles make the perfect addition to your carry-on, and fermented pickles contain probiotics. Make sure you buy the kind in the refrigerator case that specify that they are fermented/contain active cultures.
Summer vacations should be a carefree time, filled with family, friends, food, laughter and cheer. Wherever your travel plans take you this year, be sure to add probiotics to your packing list to help you enjoy it to the fullest.*
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