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Constipation

Why do I get constipated when I travel?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered

    Escaping to a sandy beach or traveling through Europe may seem like a relaxing way to spend your vacation, but there's one part of your body that may be on edge until you return home.

    Many people complain of constipation when they travel. This common problem is known as "safe-toilet syndrome." What happens is you go out on the road, and you get into an environment that's not as safe. To go to the bathroom, humans have to allow their autonomic system -- the autopilot of our body -- to go into relax mode. It's the only way that you can go to the bathroom. So when you leave the comfort of your home, you get into an uncomfortable situation where you just don't ever relax.

    Two other factors can contribute to vacation constipation: lack of fiber in your diet and not drinking enough water. That one-two punch really stops you up. If you're traveling to another time zone, a confused body clock might also be to blame.

    If you're experiencing chronic constipation, it could be a symptom of something more serious, like cancer or irritable bowel syndrome. The one most feared is cancer, because sometimes cancer can block off your intestinal track and you can't go to the bathroom.

    But the much more likely cause is something called irritable bowel syndrome.… If the gut doesn't speak to the brain correctly, then you have the syndrome called irritable bowel.

  • The most common reason you become constipated during travel is that you haven't drunk enough water and you've had a change from your regular diet. To prevent constipation, you should drink plenty of water. And that's water, not sodas or coffee. Staying well hydrated during travel is a good way to prevent both dehydration and constipation.
  • AGrannies on Safari answered

    Escaping to a sandy beach or traveling through Europe may seem like a relaxing way to spend your vacation, but there's one part of your body that may be on edge until you return home. Many people complain of constipation when they travel. This common complaint happens to all of us. A change in time and eating habits contributes to becoming constipated. Drink more liquids, eat fruit and stay active. If you have a problem if your health condition allows use a mild stool softener.

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