Getting away from the same-old-same-old can be an exciting and enriching experience. We spend time and money putting together trips so we can experience different locations, time zones, foods, beverages, sights, sounds, and smells. Oh, and sometimes travel-related stress, and a lack of sleep.

Because of those things, sometimes our stomachs don’t cooperate and, occasionally, our travel experience can be made less enjoyable. With that in mind, here are some thoughts from our Master Supplements Team that can help you avoid Travel Tummy:

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Your Digestive Tract is Like Your Lawn

Your digestive tract is colonized by trillions of bacteria – some “good” and some “bad." Maintaining a balance between them is like keeping your lawn healthy. Some of us use “weed and feed” to help the good grass and reduce the bad weeds. Yet, as hard as we may try, sometimes our lawns can get away from us and a couple of weeds can take over in a short period of time. The same holds true with the bacteria throughout your G.I. tract.

Good Bacteria

Two of the most common types of good bacteria (also known as probiotics) are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Each type plays a role in supporting regularity, immunity, and the absorption of vital nutrients which keep us healthy and feeling great.

Bad Bacteria

We also have small amounts of bad bacteria that, when out of balance, can “take over”, especially when we eat something questionable. When bad bacteria take over, the results can be discomforting and may spell disaster when travelling.

What can you do to reduce the risk of getting Travel Tummy?

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Take Probiotics Before Your Trip

Taking probiotics before your trip can bolster up the good bacteria in your gut and prepare you for your travels. Take Theralac® each day for two weeks prior to your trip. Theralac contains 30 billion Colony Forming Units (CFU) of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria probiotic cultures for complete intestinal coverage. The strains synergize and work together to promote digestive health, wellness, and regularity. We also have Granular Theralac® for kids. Now, you are ready to travel!

Take Probiotics During Your Trip

Feel a case of Travel Tummy coming on? Probiotic use during your trip will ensure digestive support. Try TruFlora®. It pairs 15 billion CFU of probiotic bacteria with 2 digestive enzymes to help your body purge undesirable, non-pathogenic microorganisms, yeast, and waste from your digestive tract. The probiotics and enzymes work together to cleanse your digestive tract, leaving you with increased energy to continue your travels.

Take Enzymes During Your Trip

Of course, sometimes we over-indulge. When that happens, we suggest taking Enzalase®. Enzalase contains twelve different enzymes which aid your body in breaking down carbohydrates, fiber, proteins, and fats, helping you and your good bacteria derive more nutrition from the food you (over)eat as well as providing relief from gas and bloating.

What To Do When You Return

Take Theralac® for two weeks when you return to help recolonize and rebalance your good bacteria. That, and a little extra sleep, will ensure support during and after your vacation!