When we're on a vacation, our stress levels are lower, we eat, drink, and sleep differently. Often we drink more alcohol which dehydrates us some causing a bit of constipation. If going abroad means a tropical place, then we might get a lot more sun exposure, gain more vitamin D. IBD patients as a generalization are more prone to having Vitamin D deficiencies.
There's a reason even normal people get traveler's diarrhea. And so, traveling can upset our symptoms too. Although we consider our digestive tract to be internal, it is more an external thing. Our digestive system is a tunnel with an
opening to the environment around us on both of its ends. What we eat, drink, breath in, and physically touch affects the makeup of gut and intestinal bacterium makeup.
When we travel place-to-place we are exposed to very different bacterium than are present in our home and work/school. So, maybe that is advantageous, or a disadvantage. But remember, when we go home we are exposed to the normal bacterium in our home environment. So it would be due cause to believe in an evanescent (fleeting) affect of being abroad.
So there's a lot going on, from stress levels, to food, drink, sleep, and environmental exposure to new bacterium. Which of those is the cause? Or is it a cumulative affect of all of those things? Your guess is as good as mine.
Moderator Ulcerative Colitis
John, UC Proctosigmoiditis in Remission
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; daily 75mgs 6MP, and rowasaDoctor asks me "What does my stool look like?" My response "Pretty much like Omaha Beach on D-Day."
Post Edited (iPoop) : 5/10/2019 9:14:29 AM (GMT-6)