Are You Constipated?

5 Sep

How do you know if you are constipated?

You are constipated if you have 1 or less bowel movements each day. That ‘s right. You need to have a least one Every Day. Preferably more. Ideally one meal should push out the next.

One of the most common reasons people have a hard time with constipation is that they are dehydrated. If your colon is not absorbing enough water, it will not be able to push the toxic stuff out. You know what happens to this toxic stuff? It stays inside you, making you extremely uncomfortable, fatigued, possibly even giving you a headache from all of the extra toxins. If you have a toxic build up inside your colon, it makes it extremely difficult for your body to absorb nutrients and burn bad fat off your body; so you will have a harder time losing weight too.

Sometimes even after transitioning from a not so healthy diet of processed foods to a new healthy nutrition plan you have to deal with constipation. This is because you are probably feeding your body more natural foods that contain a lot more healthy fiber than your body is used to and it may just take some time to adjust 😦 Drink as much water as you possibly can!!

Those are just 2 of the many reasons you may be experiencing constipation…there are many more. The important question is how do you tackle this uncomfortable problem?

I do not recommend OCT laxatives or even natural herbal laxative formulas on a regular basis. Many laxative supplements, natural or otherwise, can cause painful cramps or send you sprinting to the bathroom. Even if they do not have an extreme effect on you, they can become habit-forming and help you form an ongoing problem with constipation. Certain herbal formulas are OK during a cleanse or detox- but try some of the more natural suggestions first.

1. Make sure you are drinking enough water each and every day!!!  You should be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you need 100 ounces of water. You don’t have to start with that amount all at once but make sure you slowly build yourself up to drinking your targeted amount- drinking a minimum of 64 ounces each day.

2. Add extra fiber to your meals!!! Freshly ground flax or chia seeds are a great choice. Fresh flax or chia seeds can be purchased at most health food stores and at Vitacost. I grind mine up in a coffee grinder and have 2 TBSP in my protein shake every morning. You can also add a tablespoon to a bowl of morning oatmeal, yogurt or even to salads or on top of fruit. Not only will you be increasing your fiber content for the day, you will be adding extra healthy Omega 3′s to your meals. There are many other great choices for fiber and it is a good idea to use a variety. Fiber is very important and I will do a whole post on it soon.

3. Make sure to include enough raw foods into each one of your meals. You should have at least 1 raw component with each meal. For example, for breakfast and snacks include some fresh fruit or raw nuts. For lunch and dinner have some raw veggies (cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes). Cooked vegetables are great (I love sautéed spinach and cooked cauliflower) but you will benefit more from the naturally occurring enzymes in fruits and veggies if eaten raw so make sure to include both cooked and raw into meals.

4. Try a squatting stool during a BM. I know, it  sounds crazy, but the natural way for doing your business is in the squatting position. A stool is one simple solution for helping you achieve better elimination while going to the bathroom. A simple toilet stool helps you eliminate faster and more complete by putting you in the squatting position right over your own toilet. Seriously, you cant imagine how much this helps. Go to the Squatty Potty site and watch their videos. Too funny, but very informative. I have a great sense of humor, but being constipated is never funny. (Unless it’s not you lol)

5. If you are still having a hard time try starting the day with this great “digestive tonic”: 1 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice in one 8 oz. glass of water with a dash of cayenne pepper. This morning concoction will help to stimulate your bowels and release whatever “bad stuff” may be stuck to your colon walls.

6. Try an enema. I know, I know. But they can very cleansing and refreshing. Seriously. And it is not that big of a deal in the privacy of your own home. I promise 🙂

More about Enemas:

An enema helps cleanse the colon so nutrients can be absorbed properly and help to keep diseases from taking hold of the body.  Almost any ailment can be helped by cleansing the colon.   An enema can bring relief  and a turn toward recuperation when someone is feeling very ill.  During a fever, an enema can quickly remove toxins from the body and relieve symptoms. When you feel like you are catching a cold or something more serious, often doing a water and coffee enema will quickly help your body shed the infectious poisons.

Enemas can release old encrusted colon waste, discharge parasites, freshen the intestinal tract and make the cleansing process easier and more thorough.  Enemas accelerate any cleanse for optimum results.  They are especially helpful during a healing crisis, after a serious illness to speed healing, or to remove drug residues.  Migraines and skin problems like psoriasis are also helped with enemas.

Coffee enemas are a great way start the detox process in your body.  The coffee travels from the colon thru the hepatic vein directly to the liver.  The coffee stimulates the liver to release toxins, opens bile ducts, encourages increased peristaltic action, and produces the necessary enzyme activity for healthy red blood cell formation. Coffee enemas enhance digestion by increasing bile flow.

While enemas may seem uncomfortable the results are worth the inconvenience.

*** Please note that pregnant women should not do enemas as it may cause the onset of labor

SEE my newer post on COLONICS


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