Woman bagDon’t be part of the 10 percent of travelers who suffer from travel-induced diarrhea this holiday. Whether you are visiting a nearby state or flying internationally, there is one item you must not forget to pack with your belongings.  In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, don’t leave the house without your probiotics in tow.

Why It’s Important

While nothing is conclusive, “A 2007 report found that probiotics lowered the risk of getting travelers’ diarrhea,” reported WebMD. Furthermore, in the compelling research conducted about the affects of probiotics on travelers’ diarrhea prevention, strains like S. boulardii, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Bifidobacteria bifidum had the strongest impact.  To further explain the importance of taking probiotics while traveling, consider the fact that with the fun memories and experiences that comprise vacation and travel, you face exposure to a wealth of foreign microbes. While some foreign microbes are bad – think parasites — other, less harmful varieties can still cause digestive distress. And although probiotics cannot guarantee protection from encounters with foreign microbes, arming your gut with good bacteria may reduce your chances of suffering from travelers’ diarrhea.

How to Maximize Benefits

For optimal protection, holiday travelers are encouraged to take the recommended dose of probiotics before, after, and during travel. More specifically, “You should begin taking probiotics at least one week before your trip, take them every day of your trip, and continue taking them one week after returning home,” reported the Natural Health Advisory. However, if you have never taken a probiotic before, or  have a specific concern, contact your physician for further instruction.

Best Probiotic for Travel

While some liquid probiotics need to be refrigerated, it is best to bring a liquid probiotic that does not require refrigeration. This way, you still get the benefits of the live probiotic strains that comprise a liquid probiotic, but you don’t have to be tied down to a refrigerator. And if you are flying, be sure that you respect airline restrictions on liquids. For example, the TSA allows travelers to carry liquids, creams, and/or gels in one quart-sized plastic bag. However, liquids must not exceed 3.4 ounces per container.

Need help selecting the perfect probiotic for travel? Look no further than the 3-ounce bottle of SCD Essential Probiotics ®. Its small size and pH-balanced liquid does not have to be refrigerated, making it perfect for holiday travelers.

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