Don’t let your trip become a pain in the gut

Holidays are always wonderful until yourself or someone you are travelling with gets sick.
Whether it is due to the water, food or something else out of your control, tummy bugs are common and can really put a downer on the holiday when you or your fellow traveller is sick and suffering from any type of gastro upset.

Here are some easy and effective preventative measures which are simple to do and can help reduce the likelihood of gut pain ruining your next trip.

Start by taking with you a good probiotic that has a protective strain of good bacteria in it. This helps to reduce the instances of bad bacteria getting into your gut.  

This can happen for any number of reasons, such as water quality, tainted foods (it only takes one little bite of food that has one tiny bad bacteria starting to grow in it, or being cooked in something that doesn’t agree with you, for this to happen).  

Bad bugs can come from any source picked up along the way in your travels.

Remember, not all probiotics do the same things and one probiotic’s action is different to another.  You just need to look at all the different strains that different brands and products have to know that they are all different, and this is for good reason.

The probiotic you need to arm yourself with to keep your gut defences up is one that has the Saccharomyces cerevisiae (bouldardii) strain in it.  

This strain supports the establishment of friendly bacteria in the gut and discourages the growth of harmful micro-organisms.  It is used extensively for the symptomatic relief of traveller’s diarrhea, antibiotic associated diarrhea and candidiasis (thrush).

Another herbal staple for preventative travelling measures for any gut/gastro discomfort is a bottle of what I call “Gastro Calm”.  

I ensure that my patients take a bottle with them for any unforeseen gut irritability, indigestion, cramping, bloating, nausea and any other general gut uncomfortableness.

It has a combination of marshmallow (herb acts as a lubricant and is calming to the gastrointestinal system), meadowsweet (acts as an antacid for burning, indigestion), fennel (to calm the bloat), chamomile (for any tension or constriction in the gut that occurs) ginger (for nausea) and peppermint along with maybe one or two other herbs (dependent upon individual requirements).

This little bottle of magic can help calm any unhappy gut and settle it quickly, leaving you to enjoy your holidays, upset free.  

I highly recommend these preventative measures for anyone considering travelling here or overseas to ensure your holiday is not spoilt because of gut problems.

By taking this strain of probiotic and variety of herbs you can cover all bases when it comes to possible gastro or gut upsets that make gut problems a pain in the gut!

Trudy Kither is a registered naturopath. Visit