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Stay regular on the road this holiday season

Stay regular on the road this holiday season

(NewsUSA) - Whether you plan to be on the road or celebrating at home for the holidays, you'll likely get caught up in the excitement and the frenzy the season brings. Holiday travel poses a special set of stresses, like airport delays and traffic, which can leave you feeling tense and overwhelmed. That's why it's smart to always bring along some of the comforts of home to help keep you relaxed and prepared.
Families should be sure to pack all the medications they take on a regular basis, along with common first aid items. And, as occasional constipation can be triggered by stress, being off your regular schedule, and poor diet -- which many folks experience during the holidays -- travelers should remember to bring along treatment to help stay regular.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the country. Nutrition experts recommend a healthy, balanced diet with fiber, and exercise to combat occasional constipation, but incorporating both into your schedule during the holiday season can be a challenge.
Travel authority and acclaimed author Joel Widzer also recommends getting familiar with your destination and accommodations to reduce stress and stay regular.
"In my travel experiences, I have learned that getting to know a destination is the easy part of your trip, especially with increased access to myriad guidebooks and online reviews," writes Widzer in his book, "The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel."
Widzer advises holiday travelers to use the following tips to deal with bowel irregularity:
Stay hydrated. Holidays often mean an increase in alcohol and caffeine consumption, which tend to be dehydrating. Remember to intersperse water between glasses of wine, mimosas and spiced egg nog.
Maintain physical activity. Hotels are making it easy for customers to stay active while on the road by offering running shoes and workout gear as a complimentary service. Familiarize yourself with your accommodations to help plan ahead. Another workout option includes resistance bands, which are lightweight and compact for convenient packing. Travelers can also research the Web for local running and biking trails.
Eat a balanced diet. Holiday feasts aren't known for their nutrition value, so try to introduce some new recipes this season. Wow your family with fresh vegetable dishes such as baked acorn squash or buttermilk mashed yams. Broccoli, carrots, greens, avocados, apples and berries are all high in fiber, thus great for regularity.
Find a reliable laxative. When all else fails, travelers should be equipped with an effective laxative, like Senokot Tablets. This product offers gentle, overnight relief from occasional constipation. Plus, the new Senokot To-Go packets are perfect for cramped suitcases. Please read full product label before use. For more details, go to www.senokot.com.

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