Yogurt, Natto, and Bifidobacterium: Probiotic Solutions for the Frequent Traveler’s Stressed-Out Gut

It was around noon and I was eating lunch with friends at a new chic-trendy cafe: Glass panel walls, lots of plants, and a natural sunlight which made the place feel incredibly spacious. The room smelled like brunch; of earthy coffee, of faint just-toasted bagels, of cheesy eggs and butter. It would usually be an ideal location to catch up with friends — busy, but relaxed enough that you could comfortably stay for a few hours.

Looking After My Gut Health

My unique standing as someone who is based both in the United States and Japan means that I need to make a grueling 13-hour flight between the two countries frequently. No matter how many times I do this trip, the physical stress international travel puts on my body is incredibly taxing.

A Yogurt-Based Breakfast

I start off my morning with a yogurt-based breakfast: Muesli, frozen blueberries, and cinnamon “soaked” overnight in plain yogurt. Soaking grains helps to increase the bioavailability of nutrients because like any other organism, plants have a system to help defend itself from predators — in this case, a chemical weapon known as an “anti-nutrient”.

A blueberry yogurt breakfast

Natto For Snacking

I also eat a small cup of natto, or fermented soybeans, twice a day. I usually consume it as a snack, or as a topping on rice during meals at home. I like to buy a variety that uses 100% Hokkaido-based soybeans.

A small bowl of natto rice

Biofermin Tablets Post-Meals

While I’m usually skeptical of manufactured supplements in aiding our health, when dealing with modern problems like jet lag, I find it helpful to use supplements to give the necessary aid my body needs. There are some things that food can’t solve alone.

Yes, Please Pay Attention to Your Digestive Cycle

Like how frequent travelers use melatonin tabs to adjust to a new time zone when traveling, we should also be considering the impact international travel has on our digestive cycle. With modern innovations come modern problems that our natural bodies aren’t built to cope with, and so we should be taking extra measures to ease the stress.

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Born in Dallas, raised in New York and Tokyo. I care about helping others learn to live a better, healthier life. My site: www.kakikata.space 🌱

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