Tips for Traveling With IBS

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Visions of vacations dance in many heads at this time of year. But if you’re one of the estimated 58 million people in the U.S. with irritable bowel syndrome (digestive system may be so finicky that any changes in routine may aggravate symptoms.

Such worries prevent many people from taking out-of-town trips. In a survey of 1,000 Americans, 28% of respondents with enough sleep and exercise, meditation, and doing something enjoyable.

Reducing stress may, indeed, be one of the crucial elements to a good retreat.

“There’s definitely a benefit to taking a vacation, but people need to plan it so that it’s not too stressful,” says Sheila Crowe, MD, a gastroenterologist and spokeswoman for the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). “Don’t feel like you have to see all the sights in the city. Maybe just enjoy a leisurely psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. He says a frenetic, multicity tour of Europe might be more difficult for IBS patients.

  • Check travel advisories for different parts of the world. This is a smart thing to do even if you don’t have IBS. The CDC web site (www.cdc.gov) has a traveler’s health section. It contains information about disease risks (such as travelers’ medications, fiber antispasmodic effect for stomach cramping. For constipation, she suggests traveling with fiber supplements or a box of ground or milled . The dietary supplement can be sprinkled on salads, cooked vegetables, or cereals.

    To ease diarrhea, try fruit pectins such as Sure-Jell or Certo. “Fruit pectins are used to make jelly – to make jelly gel – but they also have a wonderful effect of slowing the emptying from the gut,” says Bonci.

    Oatmeal can apparently do the same thing. The good news is that both oatmeal and fruit pectins come in small, easily transportable packets.

  • While on vacation, it is, indeed, important to look out for your personal needs with IBS. After that, just try to take whatever comes your way in stride.

    Remember, traveling with any ailment takes some effort, but with IBS, it is entirely possible to take an out-of-town journey, and have fun. But make sure you first check in with your doctor for appropriate treatments.

    Bon voyage!