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Holiday? No, thanks!

TRAVEL GROUCH BOWEL

Holiday? No, thanks!
TRAVEL GROUCH BOWEL

THE HOLIDAY SEASON is approaching in leaps and bounds and it will soon be time for our long-awaited summer holiday. But there is one who would just love to stay at home: our bowel, the creature of habit.

At last - no appointments, no stress, being able to sleep long and do only fun things - that is our idea of a perfect holiday. In the summer, many of us are drawn to the warm south where good weather and sun are guaranteed. Also, many an adventure, educational or recreational trip takes us to exotic countries with a food culture that is very different from what we are used to. These are the moments when the bowel tells us what it thinks of our holiday plans: changed eating and drinking habits, the climate change, lack of exercise as well as the different daily rhythm are factors that cause many people to suffer from indigestion during their holiday, of all times. This is because our bowel loves regularity and “what is known”. Spices and dishes from foreign countries are unaccustomed and hard for our digestive system to digest. Moreover, the change of diet is usually very sudden rather than gradual. A feeling of fullness, bloating and constipation afflict holidaymakers at least as often as the well known diarrheal disorders. To make sure that digestive disorders will not disturb your holiday right from the start, nutrients that regulate the digestion can prove very useful.


PLANT ENZYMS SUPPORT THE DIGESTION

Certain fruits, such as pineapple and papaya, for instance, contain so-called proteolytic enzymes. The enzymes papain from papaya and bromelain from pineapple, in particular, help the body to break down protein in the bowel, thus preventing the formation of gases and the development of bloating and a feeling of fullness.

BASIC ELEKTROLYTES INSTEAD OF LAXATIVES

Basic electrolytes are the strongest weapon against constipation. They are the biological fuel that stimulates our digestive muscles. Most people who suffer from constipation have an increased demand for the mineral digestion stimulators magnesium and potassium. Laxatives are not a long-term solution in such cases. Their long-term use can even reduce the already sparse mineral reserves of the body even further and thus make the bowel even more sluggish.


PROBIOTIC CULTURES FOR THE BOWEL FLORA

Lactic acid bacteria, also called lactobacilli, are among the most important microorganisms in the human bowel flora. They contain the enzyme lactase and are thus involved in the breakdown of lactose.


VITAMINS AND TRACE ELEMENTS FOR STOMACH AND BOWEL

Vitamins and certain trace elements are also indispensable for optimal food conversion. The vitamins of the B complex, especially vitamin B6 and biotin, as well as the trace element zinc contribute significantly to breaking the ingested food into its individual components - proteins, fats, carbohydrates - and making them available for the body.


NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE SUPPORT WHEN TRAVELLING

The innovative nutritional medicine formula for optimal digestion comes from the research labs of the Austrian company Ökopharm: OviLac® capsules contain magnesium and potassium in need-adequate dosages, as well as plant digestive enzymes (amylase, protease, lipase, lactase) and micro-encapsulated, viable lactobacilli. OviLac® capsules thus serve as an ideal travel preparation for our digestive system.