Tips for Traveling With IBS
Don't let your IBS symptoms keep you from seeing the world or visiting relatives. With planning and perseverance, you can have a wonderful vacation.
During Your Trip continued...
She suggests IBS patients ask themselves, 'What kind of IBS
person am I?' Then try to learn something from the answers.
In addition, Gerson says vacation is the perfect time to
experiment with meditation and its healing properties. "If you start a
simple type of meditation a week before (vacation), you can shift into that
state at a moment's notice, even for 5 minutes somewhere, whether at a beach or
pool-side," she says.
Bonci recommends different foods, depending on the symptoms.
Chamomile tea has an antispasmodic effect for stomach cramping. For
constipation, she suggests traveling with fiber supplements or a box of ground
or milled flaxseed. 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
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