Do you Need Probiotics for Travel?

Traveling may be the perfect remedy for the age of distraction, for as we wander, our minds become present. But 30 to 40 % of the population have functional bowel problems at some point, and traveling is a time when digestive problems are more likely. No one wants to travel long and far just to see the inside of a bathroom, so having a Flora probiotic for traveling is a smart idea. Probiotics may support digestive comfort as well as overall health, and the right probiotic can make it easier to stay regular on the road.

Travel Probiotic Short-term Benefits

We know now that experiences provide more enduring happiness than things, and we don’t want to miss out on food tourism. But there are some experiences that we can all live without. Since you are more likely to eat out, eat things you are less familiar with, less adapted to, and in areas where the food handling norms could be very different than you are used to when traveling, food poisoning becomes much more likely. At least 60% of all diarrheal IBS cases are linked to food poisoning. Since almost nothing can ruin a vacation or an experience of a new location more quickly than food poisoning, taking protective measures before and during a trip is a no-brainer.

What is a Traveler to do?

Travel sickness or illness is common amongst travelers, whether they are in a foreign country or on a cruise ship. Traveler’s diarrhea is when a bad case of travel sickness occurs within 10 days of arriving in a new place. However, loose stool can occur any time one is in an area with lower levels of public hygiene or water cleanliness than one’s body is accustomed to. Using a probiotic with a strain proven to help deal with exposure to different microbes is a smart idea. Saccharomyces boulardii (which is sometimes called Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii or even Saccharomyces cerevisiae ssp. boulardii) is such a probiotic strain. Flora’s Travel Care Probiotic features a proven single strain of Saccharomyces boulardii.

The Right Probiotic for Travel

Do you need shelf-stable probiotics for travel? It is a good idea since other types will die off faster in the heat or when they are not in the fridge. Flora Travel Care Probiotic featuring Saccharomyces boulardii is completely shelf stable and unaffected by temperature. Saccharomyces boulardii probiotic offers several other advantages that make it a top choice, supported by scientific research. One such advantage of Saccharomyces boulardii is its ability to support gastrointestinal health by strengthening the gut barrier function.

How to Use Probiotics for Travel

Saccharomyces boulardii has been extensively studied and has demonstrated efficacy in preventing various gastrointestinal issues. Numerous clinical trials have shown that supplementation with Saccharomyces boulardii can help maintain balanced gut flora while traveling. To use it preventatively, get and start on Travel Care probiotic before you leave on vacation. Because it is a potent fungal shelf stable probiotic, 5 billion cells (1 capsule) is a typical daily dose, with 10 billion only needed in acute cases.

Food Poisoning Can Ruin More than Your Travel Plans

When traveling, changes in the environment and exposure to new pathogens can put stress on the immune system. It’s not uncommon that debilitating, lifelong IBS or diseases such as Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis can follow exposure to food poisoning bacteria due to damaged gut nerves and migrating motor complexes, and malfunctioning interstitial cells of Cajal. That’s because food-borne bacteria release a toxin that mimics a critical gut protein. When your immune system fights back with an antibody, it can lead to autoimmune inflammation. Saccharomyces boulardii has been shown to have immunomodulatory effects, meaning it may help regulate the body and the immune system respond in a healthier way.

Travel Probiotic Long-term Benefits

Saccharomyces boulardii enhances the production of proteins that maintain the integrity of the gut barrier, helping to reduce inflammation and support a healthy gut. The gut barrier acts as a protective layer, preventing harmful substances from entering the bloodstream. When the gut barrier is compromised, it can lead to increased inflammation and susceptibility to infections. Saccharomyces boulardii has been shown to support a healthy microbiome because it produces compounds like caprylic acid and lactic acid, which create an unfavorable environment for harmful microorganisms.

An Essential for Life’s Journey

Flora’s Travel Care Probiotic is an exceptional probiotic for people who have the travel bug but don’t want to pick up travel bugs. It can be useful on summer vacation and for maintaining gut health over the long term as well. The benefits of Saccharomyces boulardii are grounded in scientific research and have been demonstrated through numerous clinical trials. By protecting the gut, promoting a balanced gut microbiota, strengthening the gut barrier, and modulating the immune system, Saccharomyces boulardii offers a comprehensive approach to supporting digestive wellness, particularly during travel.


Dana Green Remedios is a triple-board certified Registered Holistic Nutritionist, transformational coach, Flora Product Specialist and healthy living spokesperson. She is a passionate educator who assists people to break through blocks to better mind, mood and menopause mastery. Her work has appeared on Well&Good, MindBodyGreen, Wellness on Purpose, and elsewhere, and hundreds of thousands of people have sought out her answers to nutrition questions on Quora.