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Do you suffer from occasional constipation? What does it really mean to be constipated? And can occasional constipation impact your overall health? All of these are important questions to ask. Occasional constipation slows down food transit time and allows undigested food to remain in the colon longer. The putrefied material then releases harmful toxins, which can enter the bloodstream through the intestinal wall.
So Just what is Occasional Constipation?
Occasional constipation is often defined as having infrequent bowel movements with stools that are typically hard, dry and difficult to eliminate. You may even experience some cramping and bloating. While many factors can lead to the development of constipation, the following are some of the most common:
- Diet: Because a diet that consists of too many refined sugars, starches and processed foods can lead to constipation, eating plenty of fiber-rich, non-starchy foods that are low in sugar is an important part of maintaining healthy bowel movements.
- Lack of exercise: Exercise triggers the lymphatic flow that helps stimulate peristalsis (the natural muscle contractions that move food through the intestines and help ease elimination).
- Changes in routine: Changes in normal daily activity can often throw off your internal schedule, which can affect your bowel movements and lead to occasional constipation.
- Lack of time: Although taking the time to eliminate regularly is an important part of good bowel health, many people simply don’t do it. Try setting aside time in your day to go to the bathroom, even it means setting the alarm a bit earlier.
3 Simple Steps for Natural Relief
Follow this easy 3-step approach to achieve at least one healthy bowel movement every day.‡
- HYDRATE the Colon
Properly hydrating the colon will promote regular peristalsis. Drink plenty of water and use hydrating minerals such as magnesium hydroxide and gentle (laxative) herbs such as cape aloe and rhubarb to assist with natural bowel movements.‡
- ADD BULK with Fiber
A healthy colon requires bulk in order to eliminate regularly, and fiber can help provide that bulk.‡ Many people do not consume enough fiber through diet alone. A flax-based fiber supplement is ideal for promoting at least one healthy daily bowel movement because it provides a better balance of soluble and insoluble fiber.‡ Avoid fibers that could be binding, such as psyllium, as they can leave the colon dehydrated and in turn reduce peristalsis.
- LUBRICATE with Oils
To achieve bowel regularity and a healthy elimination schedule, it is critical to keep the colon lubricated. Beneficial oils such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats from fish oil, flax oil and borage oil help in providing the necessary lubrication for smooth and gentle bowel elimination.‡
02/24/14 0 Comments | Posted by ReNew Life in Diet and Nutrition, Digestive Enzymes, Digestive Health, Fiber Supplements, Fish Oils, General Health, Heart Health, Oil Supplements, Probiotic Supplements
Everyday stress can take a toll on your heart—so much so that many experts consider stress as important a risk factor for cardiovascular disease as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking. As we wrap up American Heart Month, here are 10 tips for reducing daily stress. Be sure to pass them along!
- Eat Mindfully. Consume plenty of non-starchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits, healthy fats, lean protein, nuts and seeds. Avoid grain-based, refined, and starchy carbohydrates and sugars. Eat slowly, and try to avoid eating while doing any other activity.
- Get Physical. Exercise releases endorphins (the body’s euphoric neurotransmitters) and helps balance the stress response. Find an activity you like and get moving!
- Embrace a Stress-relieving Activity. Whether you enjoy yoga, tai chi, massage, breathing, relaxation or another activity that eases stress, find time to do it regularly.
- Balance Your Gut. Support optimal digestion and overall health with probiotics to help restore digestive balance.‡
- Get Plenty of Sleep. Lack of sleep is often the result of stress, but it also contributes to stress, creating a vicious cycle. Most people need at least 7 to 8 hours nightly so the body can function optimally.
- Boost Your Omega-3 Intake. Take a daily Omega-3 fish oil supplement to increase the Omega-3/Omega-6 ratio and promote heart health.‡
- Bring on the Fiber. If you are not consuming at least 35 grams of fiber daily to promote regular elimination and digestive balance, consider a fiber supplement.
- Enzymes with Every Meal. Stress takes a toll on our insides. Natural digestive enzymes (with or without HCl, depending on your needs) help relieve digestive symptoms.‡
- Don’t Forget the D. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased risk of heart disease, especially in people with high blood pressure. Optimize your vitamin D level at 50 to 70 ng/mL.
- Build a Support System. A good support system goes a long way toward tackling everyday stress, and having someone to talk to is one of the most important ways to relieve stress.