After a relaxing vacation filled with indulgent meals, exotic foods, and perhaps a bit of stress as you rush from activity to activity, it's common to return home with a less-than-happy gut.
The effects of travel, changes in routine, and exposure to new foods can wreak havoc on your digestive system.
If you're wondering how to reset your gut after vacation and give it the care it deserves, you're in the right place. Let’s explore how to address your post-vacation gut health with a few natural remedies.
Build Up the Good Bacteria In Your Gut
Between fast food and exciting new cuisines, traveling and changes in diet while on vacation can disrupt your digestive tract and the balance of beneficial bacteria in your gut.
To restore this balance, certain probiotic-rich foods and gut health supplements can be incredibly helpful.
Probiotic-rich foods — such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha — are a great place to start. These foods introduce beneficial bacteria that can aid in digestion and boost your immune system.
That said, diet alone may not be enough. That’s where Somaya Life comes in.
Go Beyond Probiotics with Somaya Life
Many probiotic supplements today have added ingredients that can actually make digestive issues worse for some. And some are simply too broad or not potent enough to make much of a difference.
Somaya Life is the world’s first “anthrobiotic.” We go beyond a typical probiotic with 10 targeted Smart StrainsTM of good bacteria. These strains are specifically chosen to improve the gut-brain connection and regulate the immune and digestive systems.
The gut health supplement also includes a prebiotic, which helps make sure you get the most out of each dose.
Drink Water & Rehydrate
For many of us, we’re busy taking in the sights when traveling so we forget or don’t have time to take in water. And it’s not uncommon to drink more soda, coffee, and alcohol when relaxing on vacation too, all of which are common contributors to dehydration.
One of the first steps to reset your gut after vacation is to increase your water intake to rehydrate your body.
All in all, water and hydration is key to overall gut health.
We recommend boosting your water intake after your vacation to stimulate digestion. Not a huge water drinker? Infuse your water with slices of fresh lemon or cucumber for some extra vitamins, minerals, and flavor.
Try Gentle Movement & Exercise
Once vacation is over, it’s time to go back to work and daily routines. Between family obligations, household chores, and work — where many of us sit at a desk for 8+ hours a day — it can be hard to find time for physical activity.
With that in mind, make an effort to get some movement throughout your day. Physical activity has been shown to help stimulate the digestive system and boost gut microbiota and reduce stress, both of which can impact gut health
Consider gentle and family-friendly activities — like walking, dancing, stretching, or playing catch in the yard. They’re easy to work into your daily routine, help you bond as a family post-vacation, and encourage healthy digestion and overall well-being.
Manage Sleep & Stress
Between jet lag, unfamiliar surroundings, and trying to squeeze in as much fun as possible, vacations can definitely impact our sleep patterns. Sleep has been shown to impact gut health and overall well-being.
Travel, coordination, and vacation itself can be a bit stressful. And after taking some time away from the pressures of work and everyday life, post-vacation life can feel a bit overwhelming too. All this extra stress can cause chaos with your gut.
Once we return home, it’s important to get back into those natural rhythms and manage stress as much as possible.
Work with your family to establish a regular sleep schedule and create a calming bedtime routine to improve sleep quality. If you have littles in the house, you may have to go over the bedtime rules a few times again.
Calming practices like meditation, deep breathing, journaling, warm baths, and reading before bed can also be beneficial.
While there’s nothing wrong with indulging a bit and enjoying delicious foods on vacation, give your gut a break from processed foods, refined sugars, and artificial additives once you return home.
Studies have shown that these processed foods, sugars, and artificial additives can negatively affect gut health. Typical “junk foods” can disrupt the balance of your gut microbiota and trigger inflammation and digestive issues.
On the other hand, fresh fruits and vegetables, and legumes promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, contributing to a diverse and healthy gut microbiota. Focus on fresh produce and whole, nutrient-dense foods that provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support your gut's recovery.
We also recommend eating slowly and giving your body plenty of time to process foods.
While vacation was fun, we want you to live a happy, healthy life all the time. Your gut health plays a significant role in your overall well-being, and giving it the care it needs after vacation is essential.
By following these natural tips on how to detox after vacation, you'll be on your way to restoring your digestive balance, promoting optimal health, and feeling your best.
Still have questions about adding Somaya Life to your daily routine? Contact us.
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