Topic: How can I not be constipated when I travel?
May 20, 2019 / By Zoie Question:
I am going out of the country with a long plane ride ahead. Everytime I go on vacation I get real constipated, even if I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. I have to take suppositories, and anything else to help me. I don't want this to ruin another vacation for me or my traveling friends who don't have this problem.
What can I take for a two week period of time to be assured I won't have this terrible problem of stomach problems and all the rest that goes with this? I don't want to get dependent on something, but would it hurt for a two week period of time, it would be worth it not to ruin the vacation?
Sherley | 7 days ago
Use a fiber supplement twice a day like metamucil or benefiber. Also keep some milk of magnesia tablets handy to use if you do feel constipated. Take them at night for relief in the morning.
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1. Staten Island Ferry to Union Square.
Walk northwest along State St (keep park to your left), and take uptown (4)/(5) from Bowling Green to Union Square.
Stops at Wall St, Fulton St, Brooklyn Bridge, then 14th St.
2. Union Sq to Times Sq.
Take Queens-bound (N), (Q), (R) or (W) to Times Sq-42nd St (Weekend, (N) runs local on Broadway via Manhattan Bridge.
23rd, 28th Sts (local only)
34th St, Times Square.
3. Times Sq to Union Sq
Take Brooklyn-bound (N), (Q), (R) or (W) to 14th St-Union Sq.
28th, 23rd Sts (Local Only)
4. Union Sq to Staten Island Ferry
Take downtown (4) or (5) to Bowling Green. When you get off at Bowling Green, walk toward direction of your train and uses Battery Park exit, and you'll be near Staten Island Ferry.
Stops at Brooklyn Bridge, Fulton, Wall Sts, Bowling Green.
Also make sure to check Service Advisory at MTA Website.
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Statan Island Ferry to Union Square
R train from Whitehall or 4/5 from Bowling Green
Union Square to Times Square R/N/Q from Union Square to Times Square. >> all these going Uptown
Same trains going Downtown to go back to ferry.
People often become constipated when traveling, because their normal diet and daily routine are disrupted.
If you eat a high-fiber diet you will less likely to become constipated. The most common causes of constipation are a diet low in fiber or a diet high in fats, such as cheese, eggs, and meats.
Fiber—both soluble and insoluble—is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that the body cannot digest. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and takes on a soft, gel-like texture in the intestines. Insoluble fiber passes through the intestines almost unchanged. The bulk and soft texture of fiber help prevent hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass.
Americans eat an average of 5 to 14 grams of fiber daily, which is short of the 20 to 35 grams recommended by the American Dietetic Association. Both children and adults often eat too many refined and processed foods from which the natural fiber has been removed.
Research shows that although increased fluid intake does not necessarily help relieve constipation, many people report some relief from their constipation if they drink fluids such as water and juice and avoid dehydration. Liquids add fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. People who have problems with constipation should try to drink liquids every day. However, liquids that contain caffeine, such as coffee and cola drinks will worsen one’s symptoms by causing dehydration. Alcohol is another beverage that causes dehydration. It is important to drink fluids that hydrate the body, especially when consuming caffeine containing drinks or alcoholic beverages.
Also, people who ignore the urge to have a bowel movement may eventually stop feeling the need to have one, which can lead to constipation. Some people delay having a bowel movement because they do not want to use toilets outside the home. Be sure to go when you need too!
I hope this information helps!
Do NOT use Milk of Magnesia. This is NOT "gentle overnight relief". I had the runs for three days following one dose.
Take some benefiber with you. Drink lots of water. And "go" when you have to regardless of where you are. Don't wait until you get back to the hotel.
I have the same problem, although many times mine goes "the other way". Your doctor or maybe just a phone-nurse would have some good ideas too.
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