Digestive Health Supplementation for Better Travel Experiences

When you travel, you want to be at your best, including your gut health. Here’s more about prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes and healthy energy drinks. 

Prebiotics

You can think of prebiotics, also known as fermentable or functional fibers, as fuel that feeds the bacteria in your gut—and the presence of prebiotics is what allows probiotics to flourish and do their good work in your digestive system. There’s a particular type of prebiotics called resistant starch that specifically enhances good bacteria, while other types feed both good and bad gut bacteria. Food that contains resistant starch include the following: “oats, beans, legumes, green bananas, and cooked and cooled potatoes and rice.”


Because it’s not always as easy to control what you eat when you travel, or when you eat, it can make good sense to take prebiotic supplements. And, when you take them along with probiotics, they can work together to keep your digestive system in good shape, making your travels a more pleasant experience. 

Probiotics

Without good gut health, it can be hard to enjoy a trip. In fact, an upset colon can make your trip a nightmarish experience. Fortunately, probiotics are a form of digestive health supplementation that can help to maintain a healthy balance of good gut bacteria, and this is a “secret” that European travelers have known for years, according to WebMD.com


If you aren’t already taking probiotics, start them at least a week before you leave and continue for at least a week after you return (or don’t stop taking them!). 

Digestive Enzymes

Your digestive system takes the foods you eat and breaks them down into carbs, proteins, vitamins, fats and so forth. Nutrients then travel through your body and into your bloodstream so they can provide you with energy you need. There are three types of digestive enzymes playing a role in breaking down food into easily-absorbed molecules:

  • Proteases
  • Lipases
  • Amylases 

When food can’t be properly broken down, then digestive disorders can arise. 


You can get these enzymes naturally through foods such as fruits such as pineapple, papaya, mango and more, plus in fermented foods, including sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir. You can also take supplements to help in digestion and overall gut health, which may be especially important when you’re traveling to places where you’ll be eating foods that are new to you.

Healthy Energy Drinks

When you choose an energy drink, you’ll want to avoid those provide quick bursts of energy through lots of sugar and caffeine. Those are temporary fixes that can help you to put on the pounds, as well, with a pounding heart and nervous jitters a likely consequence of too much caffeine.


Healthy choices can include sparkling waters or beverages based on tea that are enhanced with vitamins and antioxidants. These won’t provide you with instant energy uplifts in the way that sugar- and caffeine-laden ones will, but they can keep you hydrated, help you to use energy found in your foods, and more.


You can find easy-to-travel energy drink packets to help you fight fatigue, ones you can easily slip into your suitcase. Stay hydrated!

Ready to feel your best while you travel? We recommend that you check out our free guide, Ten B3 Travel Tips: Body, Brain, Biome? Download today!

About Roger & Jane Hardy

Roger and Jane created Hardy Healthy Gut to show you that every problem in life is easier to solve when your mind and body are working properly.
And you don't have to be a health nut or fitness enthusiast to enjoy a mind & body that's firing on all cylinders.

All it takes are simple, daily habits that get easier and easier with practice.

The tips we teach are the same simple daily habits that helped us feel better in our 40's than we did in our 20's.
And these same daily habits have made our 50's and 60's a successful adventure!

Now we look forward to the future and we're enjoying getting older!

Which proves that age is just a number and that number isn't what's slowing you down.
Your age isn't the real cause of those aches, pains, and brain fog.

All of this is possible for you too, my friend!

So thank you for being here. I hope you use these tips to transform your life and enjoy retirement as much as we have!

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