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PROBIOTIC 101

Probiotics and Travel

Your gut microbiome never stops working. It’s constantly growing, evolving, and reacting to its environment and what you eat. That’s why it’s so important that when you travel, you keep up with your gut health routine, like taking your probiotic daily. Keep reading about why it’s important to keep taking your probiotic while traveling.

Why to Take Probiotics When Traveling

There are billions of bacteria in your gut that are collectively called your gut microbiome. The gut microbiome is essential to your health and can affect different organ systems, including the digestive system. When your diet or routine changes, so does your gut microbiome. And because that community of bacteria is delicate, changes to your diet or routine can lead to your digestive system feeling off balance.

Probiotics add good bacteria to your gut microbiome. They’re like reinforcements for your gut, helping your microbiome stay balanced. The right good bacteria can help your gut run at its best. But they take time to provide their benefits in your gut.

If you take your probiotic regularly, you’re consistently adding more good bacteria to your gut so you can experience the benefits of the specific strain(s). If you stop taking it while traveling, you can expect the benefits you experienced from your probiotic to stop too. And given traveling typically involves changes to your diet and routine—that too can throw your digestive system off balance.

That’s why we recommend that when you travel, bring your Align Probiotic and continue to take it daily, to keep the status quo in your gut.

How to Travel with Probiotics

Some probiotics require refrigeration for the bacteria to stay alive until you take them. That can become a real hassle to coordinate as you pack your bags and plan out your travel days.

The good news is that not all quality probiotics need to be stored in a refrigerator. In fact, none of Align’s Probiotics require refrigeration. They can all be stored at room temperature. The unique strain, Bifidobacterium 35624, in many Align Probiotics, is freeze-dried to keep the probiotics dormant until they reach your gut for guaranteed potency.

Align’s capsules are easy to take on-the-go. Each blister pack has seven capsules, labeled with the days of the week, so you can easily keep track of your daily probiotic while you’re enjoying time out-of-office.

How to Store Align Probiotics for Travel

All Align Probiotics are easy to take with you on the go. There are no special storage requirements to guarantee potency during each Align product’s shelf life.

For example, no Align Probiotic capsules, including 24/7 Digestive Support*§ and Gut Health & Immunity Support*, require refrigeration. They can be stored at room temperature, so it’s easy to simply keep them in your toiletry bag or in your backpack or purse. We do recommend that you keep capsules in the blister pack until you take them. The blister pack keeps the capsules safe from the external environment so that the probiotics are alive and ready to work when they reach your gut.

Align Probiotic gummies, like DualBiotic Prebiotic + Probiotic and Fast-Acting Biotic Gummies, don’t require refrigeration or special storage, either. We recommend you keep them in the bottle at room temperature.

Can you take Probiotics on a plane?

Yes! According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), supplements are allowed in both carry on and checked bags. Be sure to pack all of your bags in compliance with TSA guidelines to make it through security smoothly.

More Gut Health Trips for Traveling

Traveling is an opportunity to step outside of your day-to-day, check out of your busy routine, and have fun. But it’s still important to take care of your digestive system so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest, without worrying about your digestive system. Keep reading for a few more gut health tips for traveling:

1. Drink plenty of water

2. Remember to eat healthy foods, too.

3. Don’t overeat.

4. Eat fiber.

5. Bring enough probiotics for your entire trip.

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§Fortifies your digestive system 24/7 with continued daily use.*

Among Gastroenterologists who recommended a brand of probiotic in a ProVoice 2008-2021 survey.

Among Doctors who recommended a brand of probiotic in ProVoice 2013-2021 surveys.

††Based on more than 1,612 Align user reviews from alignprobiotics.com as of 3/31/2021.

*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.