Feeling Hungover but didn’t Drink Alcohol?

Inspired by a recent Instagram story by @thebirdspapaya & thousands of patients in my clinic. 

I had one drink last night.  How can this be?  I woke up with a cluster headache, foggy brain and feeling like total sh*t.  One drink?  Apple cider (substitute with any drink here).  One drink!  What’s up with that?!  This never used to happen to my body before.  I mean come on’, it was just ONE drink!!!!!

The Alcohol-Less Hangover

Or what about when you don’t even drink and wake up the next morning feeling hungover?  How can this be?  This makes absolutely NO SENSE!!!

At least to you, but to me it makes perfect sense, because I’ve seen this so often in clinical practice and experienced it myself as well.  I’m going to explain to you what it means and what you can do about it. 

We don’t often realize these little signs and what they tell us about our bodies.  You all know me well for talking about poop, but there are so many more clues about what our body says about us.  This “alcohol-less hangover” is one of them, and this one actually shows a lot about what is going on in our gut. 

What does not being able to tolerate a drink, or feeling hungover after food, tell us about our body?

One hint? It has everything to do with our microbiome! Read on to learn more. 

The Telenovela In Our Guts

Whenever you are afflicted by symptoms, think of them like the drama in a Mexican telenovela.   The symptoms add turmoil, turbulence and some painful excitement to our lives.  Something to talk about with our friends and figure out like a detective, because these are the signs that show us the tune our basic biochemistry is singing.

Like all songs, it must be harmonious, like when the clouds open up and the angels begin to sing.  If you’re not feeling this, and rather a storm breaks through the sky and the tune is replaced by a dissonant song, this is the full expression of distress in our bodies!

Feeling hungover after minimal amounts of alcohol or food is clearly not the norm, but when it becomes your norm, it gives us valuable information about WHY your biochemical song is out of tune.

It All Comes Down to Sugar

Here are the basics. All food or drink we intake turns into one basic molecule, eventually.  That molecule is sugar. 

Starches, alcohol, fruits and vegetables, unlike fats and proteins, are immediate forms of sugar for our bodies, whereas the fat and protein needs to first be modified into a different form and this takes longer. 

Alcohol, sugary pop, milk, pastries, fruits and certain foods like high starch breads, basically anything that has sugar in it… is already sugar in your intestines.

Starches, alcohol, fruits and vegetables are immediate forms of sugar for our bodies

When We Eat, Our Bacteria Eats Too

In our bodies, and highly concentrated in our gut, we house trillions of bacteria and yeasts that all feed on the foodstuff that we intake. 

Yeast, otherwise known as Candida albicans, can overgrow quite easily.  If you’ve had a history of being on antibiotics, have taken the birth control pill or have estrogen dominance, you’re already at a higher risk of this.  Hmm, sounds like almost every woman that I know! 

So these critters are all hanging around in the closed system known as your gut.  Now imagine feeding sugar into a bottle with yeast.  What happens?  Fermentation happens and fermentation creates alcohol and acetylaldehydes that inhibit our body’s ability to detoxify and cleanse.  It creates the dreaded symptoms of a hangover!

Alcohol Factory Within Our Gut

When you have a big buildup of yeast in your body, you are already what I like to call your very own personal alcohol factory A.K.A. Super Fermenter (insert your name here).  So for people that are hungover after just one drink or food, it’s because they’re already internally producing alcohol, and then by drinking alcohol or consuming high sugar food/drinks, they quickly create more alcohol, pushing them over the edge!  This is correlated to drinking two bottles of wine, all on your own! 

Basically, we are one big biochemical factory.  Surprising, don’t you think, when you look at it like this?

So what to do? 

Balancing the Microbiome 

It’s always about working on your microbiome, the bacteria and yeast balance in your body. 

Here are the key things you can do:

  • Take a good quality probiotic supplement
  • Eat a low sugar, low starch diet – similar to a paleo diet 
  • Avoid alcohol until you get things under control 

And now for my secret weapon when it comes to yeast overgrowth in the gut… the Castor Oil pack.  

Yeast grows in a gut environment that is hospitable to it, such as one with slow moving intestines, low nutrient levels, high inflammation, stress and bad bacteria. 

The castor oil pack works on all of these factors to make our gut an inhospitable place for yeasts to grow.  Bye-bye one drink hangovers!

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™ help to balance de microbiomeSlow Moving Intestines

Castor oil packs improve digestion, absorption and elimination processes by supporting healthy colonic transit time1 and improving smooth muscle function of the gut2.

Low Nutrient Levels 

Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ is a topical nutrient providing Omega 6, 9 and vitamin E3.  It provides nitric oxide which has been shown to reduce Candida albicans4 and it also preserves our body’s top-dog antioxidant, glutathione5, which is essential for detoxification and cleansing processes.

High Inflammation 

Castor oil reduces substance P in the body, a mediator of pain.  It gives the body PGE3, which is the same end product we get from taking fish oils, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory6 and making our gut a safe space for GOOD bacteria.

Stress 

The castor oil pack treatment promotes dopamine7 and oxytocin8 production, helping to move our bodies from a stressed-out state into a mellow-yellow mood.  This is where the compress part of the treatment is essential, as it is the compression that helps accomplish this outstanding benefit.

Bad Bacteria 

When bad bacteria is present in our gut, it’s easy for yeast to sneak its way in and flourish.  Bad bacteria, or as I call them conbiotics™, can create this mucous-like film called biofilm around them to protect themselves.  Not many substances are able to break down this yucky layer but fortunately, castor oil is one of them9 10 11!  This is essential to be able to clear them out and make space for healthy probiotics.

Balance IS Possible!

When all of these factors are supported, balance can be achieved in our microbiome.  And vice versa – when not supported, unbalance is sure to happen.  The other bonus is that all the issues that caused the yeast in the first place, such as burden from birth control pills, loss of bacteria from antibiotics, and estrogen dominance will all get better too.

feeling hangover without drinking is a symptom of microbiome imbalances

So my friends, if you’re feeling hungover with any of these symptoms… 

  • A cluster or migraine headache that feels like you spent all night banging your head against a wall 
  • Lethargy so bad it feels you’re carrying the world on your shoulders and can barely move 
  • Dark circles under your eyes that would win in the raccoon category at your local beastly pageant
  • A brain so foggy after only one drink (or none!)

don’t dismay!

There really is a natural biological cause, it’s not your fault and there is something that you can do about i! 

To get your very own super easy, less-mess Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

It’s time to reset your biology, so you can feel better, live your best life, not be restrictive and have fun! 

So there you go, with regular practice, over time, it is POSSIBLE to reset your gut!

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Disclaimer: Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors. Neither Queen of the Thrones® nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. This communication does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Information provided does not replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you happen to purchase anything we promote, in this or any of our communications, it’s likely Queen of the Thrones® will receive some kind of affiliate compensation. Still, we only promote content and products that we truly believe in and share with our friends, family and patients. If you ever have a concern with anything we share, please let us know at care@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.

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2 Sorin Tunaru,a Till F. Althoff,a Rolf M. Nüsing,b Martin Diener,c and Stefan Offermannsa,d,1 Castor oil induces laxation and uterus contraction via ricinoleic acid activating prostaglandin EP3 receptorsProc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 5; 109(23): 9179–9184.Published online 2012 May 21. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201627109PMID: 22615395

3 Marwat SK, Rehman F, Khan EA, Baloch MS, Sadiq M, Ullah I, Javaria S, Shaheen S. Review – Ricinus cmmunis – Ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological activities.Pak J Pharm Sci. 2017 Sep;30(5):1815-1827.

4 Mascolo N1, Izzo AAAutore GBarbato FCapasso F.Nitric oxide and castor oil-induced diarrhea.J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1994 Jan;268(1):291-5.

5 Holm TBrøgger-Jensen MRJohnson LKessel L.Glutathione preservation during storage of rat lenses in optisol-GS and castor oil. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 19;8(11):e79620. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079620. eCollection 2013.

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Rolls ET et all. Representations of pleasant and painful touch in the human orbitofrontal and cingulate cortices. Cereb Cortex. 2003 Mar;13(3):308-17.

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10 Badaró MM, Salles MM, Leite VMF, Arruda CNF, Oliveira VC, Nascimento CD, Souza RF, Paranhos HFO, Silva-Lovato CH. Clinical trial for evaluation of Ricinus communis and sodium hypochlorite as denture cleanser.J Appl Oral Sci. 2017 May-Jun; 25(3):324-334.

11 Salles MM, Badaró MM, Arruda CN, Leite VM, Silva CH, Watanabe E, Oliveira Vde C, Paranhos Hde F. Antimicrobial activity of complete denture cleanser solutions based on sodium hypochlorite and Ricinus communis – a randomized clinical study.J Appl Oral Sci. 2015 Nov-Dec; 23(6):637-42.

Troubleshooting with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

Dr. Marisol ND wearing Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™

Our Queendom has been buzz, buzz, buzzin’ with everyone sharing their awesome experiences with their Castor Oil packs! There’s also been a few bumps in the road along the way, but no worries – we’ve got you covered! This is why I wanted to take the time to share some troubleshooting tips with you for our amazing Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™.

 

Castor Oil Pack Leaking

 

Has leaking been a problem for you? Oil getting through to the outer layer and staining your clothes and bedsheets? Here are the most common reasons this happens with the Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Packs™.

 

Oil Application

Make sure to use a small amount of oil (1-2 tbsp, you can eyeball it) and use the sides of your pack to gently blot it around in the MIDDLE of the pack, avoiding the seams at all costs! When oil reaches the seams it will leak through to the outer layer. Another option is to put the Castor Oil directly on your body and rub it in, then place your pack over top.

 

Storage

Your Castor Oil Pack should be stored with the inner layer facing upwards or with all of the sides facing upwards.

 

 

Heat

Adding heat can cause the oil to become more runny, leaking towards the seams and onto the outside of the pack. Heat is used in natural medicine to slow things down, so if you have a tendency more toward constipation, heat isn’t the best option, whereas with diarrhea and cramping it can be a nice compliment to your treatment.

 

Stains

Castor oil is an incredible substance that does so many wonderful things in the body. It’s been affectionately named the ‘divine oil’ and the ‘magical oil’ over the centuries, but as amazing as it is, it is unfortunately very sticky and WILL STAIN FABRICS.

Oily mess is part of the package when it comes to doing Castor Oil Packs. For this reason our packs are not completely mess-free, they are LESS messy than the traditional DIY way. Which, if you’ve ever tried packs the old way, I’m sure you can attest to! In fact this is one of the most common things we hear from our Queendom, is that people are just amazed by how much easier our packs are and how they’ve revolutionized this sacred health practice for them.

 

We always recommend wearing an old T-shirt when doing your pack just to be safe. And if you want to be extra careful, lay down a towel in bed. This beautiful oil loves to make a mess, but it loves to help your body even more!

 

Castor Oil Pack™ Fit

 

The Queen of the Thrones® packs have been in the works for over 10 years. I’ve tried many different designs and different materials, and tested them all on myself and some with patients. The Queen of the Thrones® pack is a culmination of all of these years of developing the best pack possible, carefully designed with only the healthiest and best quality materials to make the treatment quick, easy, less-messy and toxin-free.

Our Castor Oil Pack™ is designed in the shape of an infinity symbol, because this was the best shape to allow the pack to caress the natural curves of the body. (Plus it’s totally symbolic of infinite health!) All bodies are beautifully unique shapes and sizes – so if you’re finding that the pack isn’t fitting you quite right, here’s some troubleshooting tips.

 

Too Big

For people with a very tiny torso, the strings can be wrapped around the back of the body and tied over top of the outer layer of the pack to make it fit more snug.

 

Too Small

For people who find the pack a bit too snug, 2 packs can be used, and the straps can be tied over top of each other. This covers more internal organs, making the treatment more comprehensive!


 

Castor Oil Pack Cleaning

 

As mentioned above, castor oil is a very penetrating substance that is difficult (if not impossible) to get out of fabrics. According to the bedside healer Edgar Cayce who popularized castor oil packs in the early 1900s, a pack need not ever be washed. As you’ve probably noticed, with regular use of your Queen of the Thrones® Castor Oil Pack™ it will become fairly saturated with oil after about 7-15 uses and this can cause it to feel heavy or leak to the outer layer, in which case most people choose to wash their pack.

If you haven’t seen my edutainment video on how to clean your pack, check it out below. My fairy godmother will show you how! 😉

 

A common question we get about the packs after cleaning is below.

 

Sticky Oil Shimmer on the Outside After Cleaning

This is absolutely normal after washing. I’ve personally found the dishwasher to be the most effective method of cleaning to get as much oil out as possible, but the key is to always use an old tea towel to roll up the pack and really blot and wring out the oil on the outer layer.

 

With daily use, your castor oil pack will have a life span of about 3 months, sometimes more, sometimes less. Over time, it will naturally start to discolor and eventually break down. When it’s time for a new pack, just head on over to our website for a Refill Castor Oil Pack Compress 

If you have any other troubleshooting questions, comment below or email our customer service team at care@drmarisol.com and we’ll do our best to help! I’m so proud of this amazing royal community we’ve created, and this movement for everyone to have improvement! Together we are changing the world and revolutionizing this sacred health practice! Lots of love!

 

Disclaimer: Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, are those of the respective authors or distributors. Neither Queen of the Thrones® nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content. This communication does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Information provided does not replace the advice of your health care practitioner. If you happen to purchase anything we promote, in this or any of our communications, it’s likely Queen of the Thrones® will receive some kind of affiliate compensation. Still, we only promote content and products that we truly believe in and share with our friends, family and patients. If you ever have a concern with anything we share, please let us know at care@drmarisol.com. We want to make sure we are always serving Our Queendom at the highest level.

Top 5 Things to Help You Poo When Traveling – Constipation and Travel, is it a Sign of Jet Lag?

Planes, trains, and automobiles. Why is it that when we travel, our guts go GAGA on us?! Not Lady Gaga, just out of the ordinary, unpredictable. Well, I guess when I put it that way, kind of like Lady Gaga! Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s the same dilemma. This blog is for you if you’ve experienced the following:

You sit on the toilet, hoping to clear out before you enjoy and explore your final destination. But to your dismay, your warming, delicious morning coffee that you hoped would unplug you failed to work. It normally does the job, so what gives?

Getting ready to enjoy an island paradise, business meeting or event, you slip into your bikini or business suit with a belly that feels like your 4 months pregnant, ok well maybe 5… You think to yourself, “Why do I always get so constipated when I travel?” 

You know about the lack of abundance of vegetables at the airport, in the airplane and the restaurants. Food is partly to blame. Maybe you’re not drinking enough water too, or you stayed up late and didn’t get a good night’s sleep. You can’t pinpoint the cause, all you know is you’re having problems and you’re not going.

When we’re displaced out of our natural environment and routine, our body temples can go haywire. Our systems need rhythms and routines, and these are dictated by cues in our environment. New environment equals new cues. These new cues are unnatural to you and can derange your day night cycle, known as circadian rhythm. One of the many results of this is constipation.

However, adopting the health practices below will help to balance your sleep, wake (and I’m adding) your POOP cycle. Did you really expect me not to add poop? You will “flow” through your work trip or holidays with a flat belly and be pooping like a champ! So you can have fun and enjoy your trip, feeling great and not feeling like sh*t!

Here you will learn my best tips on how to keep your healthy flow while traveling. You’ll learn how to improve jet lag and keep your rhythms in balance so you’re not suffering before, during or on the return home from your trip.

Changes in Your Environment that Cue your Body Balance

Whenever you go from one place to another, you are exposed to everything new and different. Exposures include new bacteria in the food and air, new foods, new sounds, new smells, new social interactions, the list goes on and on. Your sleep, wake, and poop cycle (it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?) is cued by what you have in your environment. When it all changes it becomes a literal sh*t show and the functions of your body are thrown out of whack, not only your #2s.

Symptoms of Jet Lag – Ways Your Body Gets Thrown Off

My body gets thrown off a lot. I’m human and because I do a lot of travel for both business and pleasure, I know all too well the experience of jet lag. It actually comes in 2 phases for all travelers1. The initial symptoms are really more of a sensation of feeling disorientated with time, foggy brain, memory lapses, task performance isn’t the greatest and you have a strong feeling of fatigue, or what I call heaviness. It is often quite out of proportion to the amount of time traveled. The basic overall sensation is that you feel, well, “off”.

Later is when you start to feel the physical effects of jet lag and travel. Constipation and bowel changes are super common, digestion in general is off, your appetite may increase or decrease, restless nights predominant and insomnia is a theme. Some people may even experience more severe symptoms like headaches, migraines and vision changes. In this late phase you feel really, really “off”.

So What is to Blame for Changing our Rhythm?

The Cues in your Time Zone

External cues that influence what our bodies do are called Zeitgebers. I love this word, a good ‘ole German word. I love, love, love travelling to Germany! It basically describes the cues in our environments and bodies that dictate our functioning.

Zeitgebers include light, food, exercise and anything that stimulates our senses and nervous system. Common foodstuff that we take lightly are actually very strong Zeitgebers. Coffee, tea, chocolate and pop (I know, I sound like I’m from the Midwest!) are all stimulants that strongly dictate what our bodies do. Knowing this, we can use these to our advantage to reset ourselves. Stay tuned for more on this later. 

Look, it’s not a surprise to you. Every day you manipulate your time zone by waking up and having a cup of coffee, sitting in your bed, staring at your cell phone, eating and exercising at certain times, social interactions and more. All of these choices are impacting whether or not your body is functioning optimally.

We highly manipulate our natural rhythms in today’s society with our 24/7 lifestyle. All of our technology, handheld, and computer devices that we’re addicted to, shift work, and of course trans-meridian travel really challenge our bodies to keep their balance and circadian rhythms.

It’s said that these cues entrain our bodies into the natural rhythms to maintain balance. Ideally, these natural rhythms are driven by mother nature’s cues. I speak in depth about this in my book ‘Oh, Sh*t! – 3 Stress-Less Steps to Connect, Clear and Calm Digestion’

These cues are necessary for us to live well and for our digestive and regulatory systems to function. Hormones, immunity and the nervous system are so dependant on these cues to know what to do! Without them, we would be lost in time, literally.

The Best Ways to Deal with Jet Lag and the Constipation That Results

It is actually suggested that the best way to deal with time zone travel is to modify environmental cues before, during and after a flight. This includes light, food, coffee, tea, chocolate, physical and mental activity, alcohol, and social interactions. These all affect bodily rhythms significantly, which in turn affects our quality of life and the altering symptoms we get when we travel. Here’s what to do to make it better.

Crossing Timezones

When you travel, you could likely be changing timezones. I remember one month, I had traveled every weekend from Thursday to Monday, from the east coast to the west coast. What a ride. From Toronto, to Arizona, to San Diego, to Seattle, to Spokane. My husband remarked, “You should just stay there!” In hindsight that probably would have been best.

The result was I was feeling pretty messed up, even with practising all the right things. The reality is that changing time zones is a transient disruption of your natural sleep wake cycle which can take time to reset2. For me, this really hit me in my weak spot, my gut. Talk about an irritable bowel flare-up.

So it was up to me to get time zone savvy, and beat the stress that comes along with travel. Also, learning how to create an environment that is safe for me when I travel, to get me back into my healthy routine as quickly as possible. It’s not only the transient effect of jet lag, but if you’re traveling a lot like me, it can quickly age you. I definitely don’t want that, I know you don’t either. So here are my best tips and practices.

1. Get Time Zone Savvy – Connect to your Time Zone

Go barefoot if possible when you get to your location, or do like I do and wear your cowboy boots. Since cowboy boots are made with full leather (make sure yours aren’t plastic) they are grounding. They connect you to the earth. The barefoot will connect you to the polarity of the area, this is according to Chinese Medicine principles. I remember my teacher in school sharing this with us. I don’t know the true effectiveness of it, but do I care? No, because I figure anything that I can do to stack things in my favor is worth it! Plus, I love my cowboy boots!

2. Sleep Soundly

Sleep is our sanctuary of healing. We must do whatever possible for us to have an incredible, restful sleep, especially when traveling. Nothing but sleep and sex in your bed. Keep the room dark and cool, stick to your nightly routine.

Wear an Eye Mask

Before, during and after your travels, wear an eye mask to bed. Get into the habit of wearing it every night, it’s very good for you! An eye mask isn’t only for beauty but serves two purposes. It can become an excellent environmental cue to tell your body it’s time for bed. Plus, simply wearing an eye mask naturally increases your melatonin.

Melatonin has been shown to be excellent at improving jet lag and resetting sleep-wake rhythms3 4. If the eye mask is a very soft plush material like the one in the Queen of the Thrones™ Beauty Sleep Eye Kit™ it will also help with promoting the connection and love molecule, oxytocin5. How ‘bout them apples. Pretty easy to do and super beneficial, why wouldn’t you want to get your ‘best sleep’ on every night?

Castor Oil Packs to Balance Stress and Inflammation

 Finding yourself on the opposite side of the world can cause lots of stress hormone to pump through your body. The feeling of being unsettled isn’t nice. Travel with your castor oil pack! It will serve as another cue for a good night’s sleep, especially if you are used to practicing it nightly. Castor oil packs support the 5 Pillars of Feeling Great.

These are the foundations of health. Wear your castor oil pack an hour before bed and overnight. When it comes to sleep this is how it helps:

  • Calms your body down to prepare you for a good night’s sleep6 7.
  • Keeps your immune system strong, protecting you from other people’s colds8 9. During sleep is when your immune system is most active. 
  • Reduces inflammation10 and supports antioxidant status11 12 protecting you from stress and the exposure to radiation from flying. When you sleep, you are actively cleaning up your body. We need balanced-inflammation and high antioxidant status during this time.

If you don’t have a castor oil pack yet, click here to get your Queen of the Thrones™ Castor Oil Pack and 500ml Castor Oil Bundle today; it is great for home and travel!

Dump the Digital or Get Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Blue light from technology such as computers, handheld devices and LED light blocks our bodies’ natural ability to create melatonin. Research shows that it significantly affects sleep, making it harder to get to bed at a decent hour13, leaving you restless, tossing and turning and sleepless. Improper sleep has been linked to attention deficit, increased appetite, and mood derangement. Look, light is a very strong environmental cue for our body rhythms. When the sun goes down:

  • Wear your blue light blocking glasses to improve your sleep14
  • Stop using your technology, especially in bed – Your bed is for SLEEP and SEX only!

3. Water – Drink, Drink, Drink!

Do Not Let Yourself Get Dehydrated!

The more dehydrated you are, the more fatigued you will be. The airplane is the first place you risk getting dehydrated, plus the change in environment will affect you. The stewardesses are very friendly and have no problem giving you more water.

Don’t drink hotel water from the tap!!!! OMG, this makes me wanna cringe. I remember my first trip to Arizona. I didn’t realize that it’s a dessert. I was so thirsty, I felt like I couldn’t hydrate. I kept on buying bottled water from the hotel. I spent 150$ on WATER!!!! OMG, never again. Water keeps us in flow. It keeps our digestion right and it supports all functions of our system.

When you arrive at your destination, aim to go shopping and get yourself water. Some hotels and resorts include all the water, but when they don’t I buy myself 4 gallons of water for a 3-4 day stay. I make my morning teas in the coffee pots, boiling the water and drinking water all day during my travels.

Aim to not drink too much coffee, alcohol and other dehydrating drinks. An easy-to-do electrolyte drink is to take sparkling water, add salt and squeeze in a bunch of fresh lemon or lime. An electrolyte drink like this can help your tissues to better absorb water and keep you hydrated for longer. In Mexico they call this drink “SUERO”. Something that nurtures the body and helps us to keep the water in!

4. Food, Digestion, and Pooping

What to consume? To help avoid jet lag and constipation, nutrition plays an incredible role15.  Don’t be shy, you need your vegetables! I know it’s hard to find them in airports and restaurants, and the foods you typically eat while traveling are notorious for causing bloating, giving you a food hangover and making you constipated. You’re also being exposed to new bacteria in the foods that you eat and this can upset the gentle balance of your gut.

Hit Up the Local Health Food Store

To combat this, everywhere I go I stop at the local health food store. I buy various easy to eat veggies like celery, peppers, cucumbers, snap peas, baby carrots, apples, nut butter, and some nuts and seeds. This means I’ll get some good healthy fiber and roughage to get me through when I don’t have access to super produce. Clearly when you’re getting no fiber, no fresh nutrients, no functioning of your caboose! 

New places means new bacteria in your food that your body isn’t used to. This is another huge factor that can set off your gut of and create constipation. Make sure to do your castor oil pack nightly as this helps to keep your gut bacteria in a good state 16 17 18. Taking a probiotic daily is also a good idea!

Relax your Body Before you Eat

Don’t forget to wear your Grateful Dung Bracelet and to do your ‘Grateful Dung Dining Practice’ before you eat. This practice helps to calm down your system and your gut before you eat. This alone can really help with keeping you regular because the calming your nervous system before eating helps keep your digestion in check.

Don’t forget to CHEW your food!

This improves your digestion and pooping. With the excitement of being in a new place, we can forget to be mindful and just inhale our foods. Use your Grateful Dung Bracelet and count the beads for the number of times you need to chew. This is just an easy way to remember to chew your food until it becomes a paste in your mouth, making it so much easier on your body to digest.

Keep your bowels moving19 with your castor oil pack done nightly. If you are super, super constipated (as in more than 4-5 days) then taking castor oil orally will have a stimulant laxative effect. This is a worst-case scenario solution and should always be done under the supervision of a medical professional. I remember the first time I took it orally, I was in South America and with the 15 hour flight, food, time and weather change, everything was off. It didn’t taste the greatest but it sure helped things to move! 

5. Exercise While you Travel

Exercise and movement are well-known cues to keep your sleep, wake & pooping cycles timed right. Movement makes you move, no two ways about it! Timing of your exercise is important to support your best circadian rhythms20. I prefer morning exercise to start your day off with good energy.

I know that very few of you take the time to exercise while on holidays or work trips. How do I know this? Because I’m not seeing anyone in the gym! Conference after conference, trip after trip, I see very few people in the gym. Frankly, I’m surprised. I just love exercise! It makes me feel good, keeps my sleep in check, and helps me poop! So I don’t get why more people aren’t doing it.

The Lazy Way to Exercise While Travelling

Less can be more! You don’t need to work out for an hour. I just get to the gym and do 10-15 minutes of intense exercise and a bit of stretching and that’s it! A little run and some weights. The purpose is just to get the blood flowing, your muscles moving and your diaphragm pumping. This pumping of the diaphragm helps to put pressure against the intestine, stimulating movement.

Exercise can be as easy as taking the staircase to your hotel room every time instead of the elevator. I always commit to that in order to just get a bit more motion in.

Bacteria is EVERYWHERE! Especially when you Travel

While traveling we are exposed to new bacteria everywhere. Tight spaces of airplanes and trains, conferences and amusement park lineups. You’ll hear people sniffling, sneezing and coughing. Never a good sign. Airplanes are like infection factories and the fact that so many people are in a small place augments the infection rate. Don’t be surprised if you land in your tropical paradise with the sniffles or you’re ready for your big presentation with a scratchy throat.

Infections that bug the upper membrane of the nasal cavity and throat affect your gut too. After all, our digestive tract runs from our gums to bums! It’s the same bacteria throughout our bodies, and when one part of the microbiome is affected, the whole microbiome is affected. We are exposed to new bacteria in every NEW environment we go into and it’s no surprise that gastrointestinal infections are common with travel21.

If you’re in the tropics, there’s a whole other level of angst about eating your vegetables. The worry exists of parasites or strange bacteria. It may be something as innocent as the washing of your vegetables with water that hasn’t been purified.

Parasites can very much keep you blocked up and constipated, and a gastrointestinal infection is a precursor to living with IBS. Women who are on antibiotics and under stress have the highest likelihood of being affected22. Hmm, sounds like most of us, doesn’t it?

It’s not Only about the Bacteria; Parasites are an Entirely Other Problem

Countries of the Caribbean, tropics, and India practice a weekly purgation in order to prevent parasites. This purgation is done with castor oil. “It was a Sunday practice, just a tbsp full of castor oil, down the hatch just like that. Sometimes it made you go fast and other times, just better”. I can’t tell you how many patients of mine have discussed this weekly cleansing Sunday practice with me.

It makes sense that the initial reaction of a parasitical infection is diarrhea, but sometimes our bodies are so out of tune, that instead of eliminating we get bunged up. This leaves the bacteria to procreate. The best way to reset is to eliminate properly. Stimulating it with castor oil packs are an excellent tool.

Protect your Body from the Bad Bugs

Watch the food you are eating, but don’t stay away from vegetables because you’re worried about the water that they are washed in or not. It’s safer to eat them slightly cooked or steamed – or ask for a stir fry! 

Drink bottled water and bottled beer. Stay away from drafts and fountain pops. Don’t use ice cubes unless you know they are filtered. Castor oil packs are a great addition on holidays to help support your digestion, supporting the good bacteria and preventing the bad ones. It helps prevent you from getting constipated and to help your body to keep the bacterial mix in a healthy state.

Smell is a sign of bacteria and parasites in the bowl. So make sure to poop, peek, smell and perfume.

You are an unsuspecting victim each time you walk into the bathroom. Stools are made up of 25-54% bacteria23. When you flush, microbes stay in the air of the bathroom and deposit on the nearest surfaces. We know this because toothbrushes have different bacteria (including bowel bacteria!). Studies show that toothbrushes next to your toilet in the bathroom demonstrate E. Coli and Staph bacteria, different from those toothbrushes with no toilet24. So, when you walk in after another person dropping a log you are being exposed to their bacteria!

This is why I always carry my  Eau de Throne ™ ‘After you Poo Parfum!™’ everywhere I go. The more you know, the harder it is to sit there and ignore it… as I relax to let one drop, I am being infected by other people’s strains of bacteria! When I travel, as soon as I walk into a new washroom I spray Eau de Throne™  before I go, and after I poo too, to protect the next unsuspecting victim.

Clearly, you can see how many factors need to be addressed to keep that oh-so-important sleep, wake and poop cycle working in your favor. The easiest way is always to be prepared with the tools that can PREVENT a problem.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Benjamin Franklin

Pooping is always number one! Remember, your stools got a bad rap being known as #2, when they are the #1 product that our bodies produce. When you’re traveling the world, you want to make sure everything is working well in your production facility so that you can keep up to all the adventure!

Practice these tips and also try to make them a part of your daily lifestyle. Why not feel great all the time?! One of the best ways to set yourself up with everything you need to do this is The Queen Kit. It contains everything you need while traveling and for daily life to keep it all together.

It is a collection of all of the awesome tools we’ve talked about in this article to elevate your health, supercharge your travels, and experience excellence in your life! When you are empowered you can do anything! 

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