What to do for constipation when
you travel? Ask a doctor whose
I’ve been a gastroenterologist in private practice in Connecticut for 20 years. One question my patients often ask is “What can I do about getting constipated when I travel?” I make the usual suggestions: Increase your fiber intake. Drink lots of fluids.
Try to stay on schedule.
If a patient feels constipated after several days of vacation, I’ll even suggest using a laxative. But that can be risky since diarrhea’s no fun on vacation, either.
Then my wife (also a physician) and I had an idea: If a solution tailored for preventing traveler’s constipation didn’t exist, why not create one?
Good, practical experience.
Good, careful research. Good To Go.
We set out to develop a unique, simple regimen of gentle laxatives and fiber. We wanted it to be all natural. We wanted it to be gentle. And we wanted it to work.
So with years of experience treating constipation, combined with our extensive research into natural laxatives, we created Good To Go.
Safe and smooth travel! Enjoy your trip. Now with one less hassle.
—Ed and Wendy Levine
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Good To Go?
Good To Go is a simple, four-day regimen of gentle, all-natural, plant-based supplements formulated to prevent travelers from developing that all-too-common travel problem: constipation on a vacation or business trip, and the symptoms that go with it: gas, bloating and cramps. Good To Go is the first and only treatment created specifically to prevent and relieve traveler’s constipation.
What is travel constipation?
According to the leading Gastroenterology journal, almost 40% of people get constipated when they travel, whether for business or pleasure (Am J Gastroenterol. 2003 Feb;98(2):507-9). The reasons for this are not really known but are attributed to changes in diet, including dehydration; changes in schedule, including long periods of sitting; shifting mealtimes; irregular or limited access to bathroom facilities; stress; even a psychological preference for one’s own bathroom.
Why did doctors create Good To Go?
Dr. Ed Levine, a board-certified gastroenterologist, is frequently asked by patients how to avoid getting constipated when they travel. After twenty years in practice, he realized that traveler’s constipation was a unique but common problem virtually unrecognized by the medical community. Dr. Levine and his wife, Wendy Levine, also a doctor, decided to formulate a gentle, safe regimen of proven, all-natural laxatives and fiber, the first product ever created specifically for travel constipation.
How is Good To Go different from ordinary laxatives and anti-constipation treatments?
Good to Go is the only product designed for gentle prevention vs. sudden, often unpredictable relief provided by customary popular laxatives. Its custom formulation of bulk, stimulant and osmotic (water-attracting) ingredients in pre-measured dosages makes it gentle enough to avoid producing diarrhea, but effective enough to keep you regular.
Why does Good To Go give you more confidence and convenience than ordinary laxatives?
With the usual liquid, solid or dissolvable laxatives, there’s no way to know if you’re taking too much, too little, or if it’s even the right type of laxative for you. And often by the time laxatives are used on vacation traveler’s have already experienced the annoying symptoms associated with constipation. And worse, the popular laxatives will often worsen those symptoms. Good To Go helps prevent constipation before it begins thus avoiding this unpleasant cycle from beginning. Each box contains 16 lightweight, pre-measured capsules. No carrying around bulky bottles of liquid fiber, unpredictable chewable laxatives or inconvenient bags of dried fruit.
How do you take Good To Go?
Good To Go comes in a small travel pack containing 16 pre-measured capsules. The regimen is started upon arriving at your destination. It doesn’t matter if you begin it in the morning or the evening. Simply take the two “AM” capsules in the morning with a full glass of water, and the two “PM” capsules in the evening with another full glass of water. Continue until the pack is completed.
What are the active ingredients in Good To Go?
Good To Go is a blend of high-quality, all-natural, plant-based fibers, gentle stimulants and natural osmotic ingredients:
- Psyllium Husk Powder and Chia seeds are soluble plant fibers that absorb water in your system to create a soft, gelatinous texture that mixes with digested food to make it easy to pass through your system.
- Prunes and apricots are naturally high in insoluble fiber and contain small amounts of natural laxatives.
- Aloe Vera and Senna, an herb, naturally contain chemicals that gently stimulate the intestinal tract to help the colon contract and empty.
- Magnesium, a naturally-occurring mineral, helps attract and increase the amount of water in the intestine.
You can find more detailed information about Good To Go’s active ingredients and how they work at www.begoodtogo.com
What should you expect when you take Good To Go?
Good To Go was designed to help prevent people from getting constipated when they travel. The goal is to enable travelers to stay on their own regular schedule with their usual bowel habits.
What’s the difference between daytime and the nighttime capsules?
The morning capsules contain only fiber- the psyllium and chia seeds. The nighttime tablets contain a blend of all of the ingredients. This regimen was designed around the various mechanisms of action of the ingredients and how they effect colon physiology.
Can I use Good To Go to keep me regular all the time?
Good To Go is gentle and mild and specifically designed to help prevent traveler’s constipation. It is not designed to keep you regular all the time and we do not recommend using it in that way. In fact if you suffer from chronic constipation which worsens on vacation Good To Go may not be strong enough for you. We are in the process of designing other products which will be helpful in other settings where constipation occurs including chronic constipation.
Is Good To Go safe to take if I’m on prescription medication?
Good To Go contains very low doses of commonly used dietary supplements which are safe and widely used. Nevertheless, many medications and supplements can have potential interactions and it’s always important to check with your physician before beginning any supplement, including Good To Go.
Can I take Good To Go with something besides water – like soda, coffee, or fruit juice?
You can take Good To Go with any liquid. Keep in mind that the fluid is part of the regimen- an 8 oz glass will keep you hydrated, one of the essential elements in avoiding constipation. Keep in mind that some liquids such as coffee are diuretics which will make you urinate more and can contribute to dehydration. And drinks like fruit juice tend to go through people’s intestinal tract faster and make them more prone to loose stools. Water and electrolyte drinks are the best options.
What happens if I take the four-day regimen and it doesn’t work? Can I take another four days?
Most treatments don’t work for everyone. If Good To Go doesn’t work you should not be concerned. There is no problem with taking another four-day regimen. We suggest stopping the regimen if you have a bowel movement that is any softer than your usual.
What happens if my stools get loose or I develop diarrhea while I’m taking Good To Go?
Diarrhea can occur for all kinds of reasons while you’re on vacation. While Good To Go was designed to not cause diarrhea, the regimen should be stopped immediately with the onset of loose stools or diarrhea. Should you develop diarrhea on vacation you should try to increase your fluid intake even more. If the problem is persistent you should seek medical care.
What happens if I experience abdominal pain or fever while taking Good To Go?
Good To Go should be stopped if you experience abdominal pain and fever. Abdominal pain and fever could suggest a serious medical illness (such as an infection) and you should seek medical care from a trained professional.
Is Good To Go safe for children and seniors?
Good To Go is gentle enough and safe for everyone age 12 and above, including seniors. The ingredients in Good To Go are widely used, proven safe, and all natural.
Is Good To Go safe to use in pregnancy?
The ingredients in Good To Go are safe to use in pregnancy. However, if you are pregnant it is always important to check with your doctor before beginning any new medication or supplement.