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.
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!).
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:
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.
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