There’s nothing quite like a holiday to melt your worries away. But in the excitement to get away from it all and dial up our self-care, we can forget to take good care of ourselves — including our gut health — which can be the very thing that undermines our break.
What happens to your gut health on holiday?
Unsurprisingly, holidays can cause gastrointestinal (GI) issues to flare up. This is often thanks to a combination of heat, change in routine, stress around travelling, and, of course, all the different foods and drinks you’re likely to treat yourself to.
There’s something about travel that makes us want to indulge. From the breakfast buffet to having one too many drinks in the bar, it’s easy to tip the scales and eat more than your stomach can handle.
But, it turns out your gut might not be quite as spontaneous as you’d like it to be. Packed schedules, holiday travel, and an abnormal diet can all affect gut health. Like female sleep and menstrual cycles, your gut works best when on a cycle and it can be impacted by unfamiliar foods or changing your routine. Even grabbing a bar of chocolate or a coffee to beat jet lag can raise sugar levels that play out in uncomfortable bloating or gas, dampening your fun.
How gut health works
Our gut microbiome is a collection of organisms and bacteria. There are good and potentially bad organisms; too many of the bad variety can lead to symptoms such as excessive bloating, gas and erratic bowel movements.
Stress levels are a huge factor in gut health, too. This can affect symptoms by changing the chemical messages passed along on the gut-brain axis. It can also impact our gut health because we often hold tension in our abdominal muscles, which tenses the gut, causing cramping, gas, constipation or irregular bowel movements.
Traveller’s diarrhoea, which can affect 20-50% of international travellers, is diarrhoea that develops during or shortly after travel abroad. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. In most cases, it causes a mild illness and symptoms clear within three to four days, but if your getaway’s only short, it can ruin your trip entirely.
So, what’s the answer?
With so much at stake, there are plenty of things you can do to stop gastro worries from ruining your well-deserved break. Number one on the list should be to give your gut some extra support with Bimuno Original.
This unique, high-in-fibre prebiotic supplement has been scientifically proven to feed and stimulate the growth of good gut bacteria in your gut, which is a good start. But it doesn’t stop there though, as Bimuno Original also supports the balance of your microbiome.
It comes in handy daily sachets (available from as little as 44p a day) and is a gluten-free, vegetarian, soluble powder that can be added to any food or drink. From sprinkling the taste-free soluble powder over eggs Benedict to carefully tipping the contents into your morning tea, coffee or juice, it’s a really simple way to support your gut health.
It’s worth knowing that Bimuno Original contains the most studied prebiotic of its kind and is shown to increase the levels of bifidobacteria, a good gut bacteria, in just seven days*. It’s the result of 20 years of scientific research and is recommended for daily use.
*Scientific data shows that daily use of Bimuno increases gut bifidobacteria levels within seven days, results may vary.