Pack Your Probiotics and Prevent ‘Traveler’s Tummy’From Ruining Your Family’s Summer Vacation

Pack Your Probiotics and Prevent ‘Traveler’s Tummy’From Ruining Your Family’s Summer Vacation

By Ross Pelton

RPh, PhD, CCN
Scientific Director, Essential Formulas

Ross Pelton is a pharmacist, nutritionist, author and a health educator who is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on drug-induced nutrient depletions. He was named one of the top 50 most influential pharmacists in the United States by American Druggist magazine for his work in Natural Medicine.

As summer approaches, many people are planning their family vacations. A memory-making, family-bonding, picture-taking perfect vacation! But having a kid (or you) fall prey to the ‘potty plague’ can quickly turn your dream trip into a nightmare!

Most moms understand first-hand the risk of illness that comes with a change of scenery. Traveling, backpacking and even a simple camping trip can introduce foreign microbes to the digestive tract, resulting in mild to severe digestive problems that can wreak havoc on a hard-earned vacation.

These problems may manifest in constipation after sitting for a long time and immobility during travel, or in ‘travelers’ diarrhea due to changing the environment and water. Luckily, this problem can easily be prevented or relieved if you keep the beneficial bacteria colonies in your gut healthy and robust, thus minimizing the chance of becoming ill.

Tigers and Bears and Diarrhea… oh my!

Traveler’s diarrhea is known by various colorful names: Montezuma’s revenge, Delhi belly, and Aztec two-step. Whatever you call it, it can ruin your trip. Probiotics can be a safe and effective solution in dealing with the “tourist trots.”

Gastrointestinal distress can be attributed to some factors while on vacation, such as jet lag, stress, and contaminated food and water. American Family Physician states that food and beverages that contain bacteria are the most common causes of traveler’s diarrhea. Viruses and parasites can also be responsible in some cases.

“We spend so much time coordinating the details of our vacations that we often overlook planning to prevent any illness,” said Dr. Fred Pescatore, MD, a renowned natural health expert and author with a practice in New York City.

Dr. Pescatore recommends packing a high-quality probiotic as part of your vacation preparation, using it a week before you leave, and continuing to do so throughout your trip. Research has shown that probiotics can help boost your immunity, prevent traveler’s diarrhea caused by food-borne bacteria and lessen the symptoms of other digestive issues.

“Many people do not realize that 80 percent of gastrointestinal illnesses are caused by a bacterial infection and can often be avoided with proper supplements. Environmental stress and traveler’s bugs can lower the number of friendly bacteria, disrupting the balance and causing stomach issues,” said Dr. Pescatore. “I recommend taking 4 to 6 a day a week before the trip, then 2 to 3 a day during vacation and pack extra for the road.” Dr. Ohhira’s small capsule size makes it easy for even young kids to swallow, and the blister packs can be slipped into a purse or even a pocket.

Not all Probiotics are created equal.

“A good probiotic should be backed by scientific research, with live, viable bacteria containing numerous strains and provide a delivery system that assures the beneficial bacteria make it to the GI tract where they can do their job,” said Dr. Pescatore. But the most crucial criteria that distinguish the effectiveness of a probiotic supplement are the presence of Postbiotic Metabolites!

Postbiotics are a term that refers to the vast array of compounds that are produced by the metabolic activity of your probiotic bacteria. Science has now discovered that these postbiotic compounds play vital roles in regulating health and maintaining a healthy microbiome and are the MOST critical benefit of probiotic supplementation! And Dr. Ohhira’s are the ONLY probiotic that contains postbiotics due to the natural 3-year fermentation process.

Different strains of bacteria produce specific metabolites. This is why diversity, meaning many different types of probiotic bacteria, equates to a healthier microbiome and better health for the individual. Dr. Ohhira’s is a multi-strain probiotic, utilizing 12 strains of probiotic bacteria to support the production of a broad range of postbiotics.

Dr. Pescatore only recommends Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics to his patients. “It is a truly exceptional formula developed by award-winning microbiologist Iichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D. The various strains of lactic acid bacteria were scientifically selected for a specific purpose—the proprietary TH 10 is virulent against modern bacterial threats.” That means it kicks harmful bacteria’s butt. 

The nutritious plants used in the fermentation culture medium and the resulting organic acids benefit all the body’s beneficial strains of bacteria and are unlike anything in the probiotic industry. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are perfect for traveling because they are in blister packs and never need to be refrigerated. You can throw them in your suitcase, purse, or even a shirt pocket to help ensure a healthy holiday. Happy Travels!

For more information, go to: www.essentialformulas.com.

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By Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN
Scientific Director, Essential Formulas

Ross Pelton is a pharmacist, nutritionist, author and a health educator who is widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on drug-induced nutrient depletions. He was named one of the top 50 most influential pharmacists in the United States by American Druggist magazine for his work in Natural Medicine.

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