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Highly Effective Ways to Wake up Lazy Bowels

As we get nearer Christmas, the shops are packed with sweet treats - teasing us. While it does not seem to affect some (in short term), the majority of people would struggle through the festive season, coping with a wide range of digestive problems.

Sweet Cake by Suat Eman from digitalphoto.netPhoto by Suat Eman

High Fibre Diet First and Foremost

Constipation is one of these problems, caused mostly by reduced fibre in the diet and bowel flora imbalances (overgrowth of pathogenic micro-organisms). When healthy complex carbohydrates like whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and vegetables are replaced by chips, chocolates, candies and white flour products one can easily end up clogged up.

Bulk up your diet to un- bulk your body

Weight conscious people can make the mistake of eating very small amounts of food, so there is not enough bulk in the bowels to initiate peristalsis. Soluble and insoluble fibres are both needed to ensure proper elimination time and to feed the good bacteria in the intestines. If the bowel transit time is slowed down, toxins can get re-absorbed into the blood stream and overwhelm the liver, causing sluggishness, difficulty sleeping, chemical sensitivities, hormone imbalances, etc.

Long standing constipation and bowel flora imbalances can lead to irritation, inflammation in the digestive tract and can produce IBS symptoms (bloating, cramping, diarrhoea alternating with constipation) - even lead to cancerous mutations of the bowels.

Sometimes one can experience constipation even when on high fibre diet, drinking plenty of caffeine free fluids and exercising regularly. Read on decorative Element

Food Intolerances may be slowing you down

Behind the majority of these cases food intolerances are found - most often gluten grains (wheat, rye, barley) and dairy products. When these proteins (gluten and casein) are not broken down properly by the digestive system and get into the blood stream (like in the case of a leaky gut syndrome), they act like opiates and slow down the bowel motions, besides causing other unwanted effects. It is always advisable to find the root of the cause, no matter what the ailment is, and treat it accordingly.

Don’t become Laxative Dependent

Trying to avoid the uncomfortable effects of constipation, many people would reach for laxatives, and use them daily.

Laxatives - whether pharmaceutical or natural herbal remedies, work similarly by aggravating the smooth muscles of the bowels or by pulling water into the colon, to soften the stool. When used in excess or regularly for long periods of time, they make the bowels lazy and dependent on the medication. I regularly meet patients who are in trouble because their favourite laxative herbal supplement has gone off the market due to new EU legislations.

Try these 3 Steps

Preventing these uncomfortable and dangerous changes is the best policy by

  1. consuming a wholesome diet filled with whole grains, seeds, nuts, beans, vegetables,
  2. and drinking plenty of water.
  3. Essential fats from cold pressed oils, oily fish, nuts, seeds and avocado are not only beneficial for your cardiovascular system, brain function and basically all cells in your body, but taken in little higher amounts can soften the stool, making it easier to pass.

Treat treats as treats

Treat the treats as they are: occasional treats and have them always after a complex meal or snack, not instead!

Finally, 5 Musts if you are Prone to Constipation

If you are prone to constipation:

  1. keep treats, especially chocolates, at the bare minimum and combine them with high fibre nuts.
  2. Increase probiotic rich foods, natural (unsweetened!) yoghurt, sauerkraut, or take probiotic capsules through the festive season and January.
  3. Sprinkle ground linseeds on to porridge, yoghurt, salads, soups and main meals just before eating the meal, when it has cooled slightly.
    Essential fats, protein and other nutrients that are highly beneficial for all the body we only get to when the seeds are finely milled.
  4. On top of that, taking 4-6 teaspoons of whole linseeds last thing at night with water can help existing constipation, forming a gelatinous ball, gently moving things forward and soothing the digestive tract.

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