Good To Go is designed to prevent travelers from developing that all-too-common, annoying travel problem: Constipation on a vacation or business trip. And the symptoms that go along with travel constipation: gas, bloating and cramps.
Start using the four-day travel pack when you arrive 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.
Creating Good To Go
When we began to do the research on how to prevent traveler’s constipation, we knew it was going to be complicated. Laxatives have long played a role in treating constipation. Yet any gastroenterologist will tell you that treating any type of constipation is tricky. Too little treatment and the problem persists. Too much and diarrhea results. Add to that the challenges your body faces when you travel: Change in diet. Change in schedule. A tendency to dehydrate. New and strange toilets. It’s not a recipe for success.
We created Good To Go’s recipe with all that in mind.
Simply put, laxatives are any agents that relieve constipation. All the fruits, salads and vegetables you eat are laxatives. As are your bran breakfast cereals, whole wheat breads and brown rice. Even coffee has a laxative effect on the GI tract. Natural laxatives of all kinds have been used for centuries to help with the age-old problem of constipation.
Good To Go’s two formulas are purposely blended with low doses of natural laxative ingredients. Why? To minimize the risk of loose stools. Because the last thing travelers need on business or pleasure trips are sudden bathroom trips.
How does Good To Go really work?
Different types of laxatives work in a variety of ways. And individuals respond differently to them. So we custom blended bulk, stimulant and osmotic laxatives to optimize efficacy specifically for people who are on the go. Two different formulas target multiple mechanisms of action as part of a simple, four-day regimen.
Bulk Laxatives bulk up stool by drawing water into the intestinal tract. Fiber is a good example. Normally our diets are full of fiber– brown breads, oatmeal, salads, fruits, beans, and vegetables. Yet when we travel it’s often difficult to maintain our usual diets. Which end up low in fiber. Less fiber in our diets, less water in our stool. That makes for harder stool, which is more difficult to pass. Fiber supplements are the most commonly used bulk laxatives since they are natural, very gentle and very well tolerated.
Good to Go utilizes several different types of laxative mechanisms.
Chia seeds and psyllium are soluble fibers. Ever take a flax or chia seed or a psyllium husk and drop it into water? The seeds fill up with water and create a gelatinous-like texture. This material mixes with digested food and helps creates a bulky stool that is much easier to pass than the hard stools that result from too little fiber.
Prunes and apricots are insoluble fibers that act in the same way. Your grandparents weren’t wrong when they insisted on always having prune juice in the refrigerator. Your grandparent’s grandparents were using these fruits to relieve constipation. And your grandchildren will be using them as well. Because they work. In addition to the fiber effect, prune and apricot contain small amounts of the laxatives sorbitol and dihydrophenylisatin, both proven to be effective in relieving constipation.
Stimulant Laxatives stimulate the colon to contract and empty. Several muscle layers line the entire GI tract. Their role is to contract in a coordinated fashion to propel food and then stool through the digestive system in a regular manner. Too much contraction of the GI tract (which occurs, for example, with a stomach bug) leads to abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Too little results in constipation. Long car/plane/train trips, as well as disruption of your usual routine, tend to slow these muscles down. Another of the many reasons people get constipated when they travel.
Senna is an herb long used in both its fruit form, as well as its leaf form to treat constipation. Senna has several natural chemicals called sennosides, which are irritating to the GI tract. Aloe vera is a plant related to a cactus. The layer just under the skin of plant is called aloe latex. Aloe latex contains another group of natural chemicals called anthraquinine glycosides, which are also irritating to the GI tract. The irritation from these chemicals softly stimulates the muscles that make it easier to empty the bowels.
Osmotic Laxatives increase the concentration inside the intestines, which help flush stool through. Remember high school Chemistry? Water moves from an area of lower concentration to an area of higher concentration. By increasing the concentration inside the intestinal tract, water is absorbed from the cells lining the GI tract. That increases the water content of stool. Dehydration is such a common problem when we travel. With dehydration there’s less water in stool, which makes the stool harder and more difficult to pass. Even a small amount of increased water in stool can make it softer and easier to pass.
Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral. Magnesium citrate is magnesium combined with citric acid– a natural weak organic acid– to create its ingestible salt form. It’s essentially a natural electrolyte solution, which increases the concentration inside the gut as described above.
Put all this together and you have softer, bulkier stools, which are easier to pass. Making your time away from home easier to enjoy.
Proven ingredients. All natural. Prevent travel constipation with Good To Go.
What to do for constipation when you travel? Ask a doctor whose patients travel.
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.
Now instead of “Doctor, what can I do?” I hear “Ed, I’ve known you 20 years. Why didn’t you come up with this sooner?”
Safe and smooth travel! Enjoy your trip. Now with one less hassle.
—Ed and Wendy Levine