Feeling Backed Up? Relieve Constipation By Doing This...
Feeling backed up? You're not the only one...
20% of adults in America deal with constipation on a regular basis. In fact, it's estimated that 2.5 million doctors appointments each year are related to constipation.
But don't worry — we've got some good news.
Constipation can be prevented with natural home remedies, and we have four tips to get you started. Take a look.
1. Avoid these constipation-promoting foods: The type of foods you consume may be the most significant factor in stool quality. Many foods in the American diet can cause some major blockages.
Unhealthy and empty calorie foods like cheese, chips, cereal, crackers, ice cream, fast food, pancakes, and hot dogs can really stop you up. Also, avoid anything with refined flour, which contains zero fiber.
If you're feeling constipated, avoid alcohol at all costs. Alcohol causes dehydration, which can lead to dry and hard stool.
2. Try these constipation-relieving foods: As you eliminate bad foods, replace them with healthier options. High-fiber foods are a great place to start. Avocado, prunes, sweet potatoes, berries, apples, beans, and pears are all great sources of fiber.
Also, add plenty of leafy green vegetables to your diet, such as kale, broccoli, spinach, and Brussels sprouts.
Remember to stay hydrated. Adding extra fiber to your diet without keeping hydrated can actually contribute to constipation. Warm or room temperature liquids, especially in the morning, can help stimulate bowel movements and get you back on track.
3. Reduce constipation with these supplements: Once your diet is under control, try adding in supplements to help relieve constipation. Flaxseed oil and cod liver oil help lubricate the colon and promote bowel movements.
Psyllium husk is also a powerful natural constipation remedy because of its particularly high fiber content. Just one tablespoon a day can make a huge difference.
Oftentimes constipation is a result of an unhealthy gut. Your digestive tract needs "good" bacteria to help break down food and absorb nutrients.
Without the help of friendly gut microbes, your stool can become too firm and difficult to pass. Try using a probiotic supplement to supply your digestive tract with a boost of healthy gut flora.
Another effective remedy for some types of constipation is aloe vera juice. Aloe acts as a natural laxative by reducing inflammation in the gut.
4. Take care of your mind and body: Make time to take care of your mind and body. Even moderate physical activity can help stimulate bowel movements and help get you back on track. Try going on a walk or jog, jumping on a mini trampoline, swimming, or doing yoga.
Stress and anxiety are also major causes of constipation. They can increase your cortisol levels, throw off your gut flora, and cause a lot of tension throughout your body.
You may not always notice when you're tense, so it's essential to check in with your body and mind regularly. Set aside time to relax and do things you enjoy as well as practice calming techniques like yoga and meditation.
Give these tips a try and see how they work for you.
To your health,
President, Clear Health Now