Early in the morning is when your body works to eliminate food you had the previous days. Natural body detox and waste elimination are often at their peaks at 5 am. So, if you wake up earlier---say at 2 am---and try to relieve yourself in the comfort room, waste elimination may not be that productive. Why? Because most bodies are programmed to eliminate waste at 5, 6 or 7 in the morning. At 2 am, the digestive system is still "asleep," as it were, although the systems of our body never sleep.
So you go out at 3 am because you have to be at the meeting place before departure, which is 4 am. At this time, your digestive system is just "waking up."
Or, if you have a car, you start hitting the road at 4 am. So, one or two hours after, you may start feeling like going to the restroom. If you're like me, stopping over a gas station with clean restrooms (there are plenty along SLEX or NLEX where gas stations exist with fast food chains and grocery stores) and using the toilet is not a problem. I have used a lot of them with excitement. But most people are not comfy with that. They'd rather suffer the discomfort of restraining their bowel movement, which takes away all the joy of traveling.
To avoid this, here are my tips:
1. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables and fibrous fruits the day (better if 2 days) before traveling, particularly during lunch and supper. And remember to eat fruits first before meals. It's very important.
Don't eat any meat or fish. About an hour after meals, drink lots of water (but NOT cold water). You'd find that the following day, at 5 am, you'd have a smooth bowel movement. That would happen about two times that morning. So you can be free of bowel-movement worries during travels.
2. Better if you always drink warm water the day before, or something a little bit hotter. But not too hot.
See how tips 1 and 2 will keep you healthy if you make them a lifestyle?
3. Arrange for a 5 am departure instead of an earlier time if you are traveling with others. The most comfy travel is 7 or 8 am. You can wake up at 4.30 am and have plenty of time to allow for bowel movement.
4. Avoid eating lakatan banana. Over ripe latundan banana is good the day before.
5. Develop the habit of doing water therapy first thing each time you wake up in the morning. This helps loosen stool and ease up bowel movement---if you had a good green leafy diet the day before. If you have this habit, then you have less worries during travels. It'll also keep you healthy.
6. During travel, refrain from eating or drinking too much. Chewing gums will cause air to be trapped in your tummy and bloat it. That gives you a feeling of more urgency to run to the CR pronto.
7. Don't indulge in eating during travels. Eat just enough. Drink just enough. Sprite or 7-Up helps stop bowel movement a bit.
8. Be careful what you eat during travels. It's not the time to try strange food dishes or drinks. Make sure to eat in a clean place serving clean food.
9. Make sure the water you drink is purified.
10. Avoid eating fibrous food during travel.
If the above tips aren't possible and you really have to break some of them, then I strongly advice you to always be equipped with at least 2 rolls of tissue paper and a small bottle of alcohol. And keep them handy (don't place them in your luggage placed in the back trunk of the car).
The first place I look for when traveling is a nice and clean restroom with abundant water. If worse comes to worse, then you have to make do with what's available, no matter how messy. I have trained myself to be ready for this. So I always take 2 rolls of tissue paper with me and a small bottle of alcohol. I keep them in my belt bag.
With hotels (or any accommodation), I always look for four things:
- Air-conditioned room
- Clean bathroom and toilet
- Plenty of water
- Fire escape
If these are not available, I have plans B and C ready. Just devise any contingency plans. It's all up to you. Definitely, never stay in a hotel with no fire escape. As for the toilet, look for a fastfood store nearby with nice CR.
To enjoy more of Choy's Cut articles and make sure you get them regularly, just LIKE US on Facebook by clicking this link.