Many experts will agree that 2 to 3 healthy bowel movements every day is ideal. If you are not eliminating regularly, there are several natural remedies that may help relieve occasional constipation. Increasing your daily fiber intake can help strengthen and tone the bowel. Fiber helps by creating resistance in the bowel and stimulating the wave-like muscle contractions (peristalsis) that help move food through the intestines and ease elimination. Drinking plenty of water is also important. Liquids add fluid to colon, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. A daily oil supplement may also be beneficial. Beneficial Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 oils help keep the mucous membranes in the digestive tract moist and lubricated, which in turn helps to ease elimination. Finally, maintaining a healthy balance of beneficial intestinal bacteria is essential for preventing a sluggish colon.
Because the intestinal bacteria in the colon can help provide the proper environment for healthy bowel elimination, adding a probiotic (good bacteria) supplement to your diet may prove beneficial.
For more information about Omega Oils or Cleansing and Detoxification, visit the ReNew Life Digestive Care Education Center.
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