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Vacation Constipation

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM

This is embarrassing, but I definitely need some help here. I am in China and have harder access to all the variety and vegetables I get back home. Because of this, I haven't had a bowel movement in a week. There are vegetables and fruit available in small quantities, nothing dried though, and I have been drinking plenty of water. In addition, I have had little access to any fat like coconut oil and hve only been getting fat from foods where it's already present (eggs, fatty fish), instead of adding it on. I have probiotics and have been popping extras, but to no avail. What can I do to fix this? It is physically discomforting. Thanks in advance!

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

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on June 27, 2012
at 07:36 PM

I have the same problem too...even when I go visit my mom. My guess is that it's anxiety over traveling and being away from home. Still haven't figured out how to deal with it. :(

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on June 27, 2012
at 12:28 PM

Yes. I agree. Oxide is the least bioabsorbable form of magnesium which conversely may offer the highest laxative effect.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on June 27, 2012
at 11:26 AM

Yes I always have the same problem! Unfortunately I am in a rural area with access to nothing. The best supermarket is titled "Yu Rong Supermarket". So is it wrong to go in there? ;)

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on June 27, 2012
at 01:36 PM

You are in China, there must be some good quality teas, green & oolong. You can always visit a Chinese herbalist as a last resort. Don't underestimate the power of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)!

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on June 27, 2012
at 12:12 PM

Get your hands on some magnesium, that should help.

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on June 27, 2012
at 12:28 PM

Yes. I agree. Oxide is the least bioabsorbable form of magnesium which conversely may offer the highest laxative effect.

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on June 27, 2012
at 02:51 PM

Don't be afraid of the local fresh produce. It's not going to give you dysentery.

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on June 27, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Right now your options are limited. You can try enema or suppository, it is comfortable but it works. check out this article on constipation remedies

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on June 27, 2012
at 12:32 PM

It might be time for a gentle laxative... You could ask the concierge at your hotel to help you find one, or magnesium, or coconut oil... Edit: just saw in a comment that you are in a rural area - is there a pharmacy or anyone who you can ask to help you source magnesium or senna?

When I travel, I have the same issue, and I usually bring a couple of packets of Smoothe Move Tea just in case. I also have to pay very close attention to how much ester I drink- I find I typically drink more at my desk at work than when I'm in the real world, which can also cause issues. Are you properly hydrated now?

You can also try a warm bath, some body weight squats or while lying down, pull your right knee to your chest and take 12 deep breaths, then your left knee, then both together. This should help stimulate your upper and lower colon.

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on June 27, 2012
at 11:12 AM

This doesn't answer your question, but I always get constipated on vacation even eating the foods I normally eat. Not sure why. Maybe try a laxative...a week is pretty long/unhealthy.

B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

(1495)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:36 PM

I have the same problem too...even when I go visit my mom. My guess is that it's anxiety over traveling and being away from home. Still haven't figured out how to deal with it. :(

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on June 27, 2012
at 11:26 AM

Yes I always have the same problem! Unfortunately I am in a rural area with access to nothing. The best supermarket is titled "Yu Rong Supermarket". So is it wrong to go in there? ;)

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31381cfeb5d6da6fc75f80ab68e041ea

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on June 27, 2012
at 10:50 AM

i find that relaxing + coffee = much... happier me :)

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on June 27, 2012
at 10:40 AM

In the hotels you should have access to plenty of fruit, yogurt, avocado, EVOO (if not just ask, they are happy to get you what you need)....yes, they have different fruits/veggies, but you can some of the ones you are use to in the international hotels. (the 7-11's have lots of yogurts and sell fruits as well)

This might not be super helpful, sorry!

try:

apples and Kiwis

raisins/or prunes along with some hot green tea

dry coconut should be easy to find

movement, lots of exercise might help!!

Ask the hotel where the closest international grocery store is, they might have fiber products or dried fruit that you are use to....even an over the counter lax if no other choice.

Next time bring some Coconut oil with you!!

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