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5 Reasons Your Child Might Be Constipated

If you’ve ever experienced constipation for yourself, you know that it can be anything from mildly uncomfortable to downright painful. When this affliction occurs in kids, it’s heartbreaking. Yet a massive percentage of children suffer from this ailment!

Why?

Aside from medical factors like side effects of certain medications, here are 5 common reasons why today’s children are so constipated:

Inadequate water intake.

Sometimes we forget that water is the ultimate lubricant, and other beverages don’t measure up. Your child should be drinking lots of water throughout the day—especially is she is active, as most children are.

Many won’t ask for water to drink unless they’re very thirsty, but we don’t want them to get to that point. Making a conscious effort to provide your child with water throughout the day (not just at mealtimes) is not only important, it’s imperative to their digestive health.

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Low to negligible consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

How many parents out there pack a couple of pieces of fruit into their child’s lunch every day, only to find that fruit coming home bruised and uneaten at the end of the day? The rule should be this: until two pieces of fruit and three veggies are consumed, there is no dessert or other types of snacks.

Right? Get the good stuff in first; break out the goodies later.

Fruits and vegetables are naturally high in antioxidants, fibre, naturally-occurring sugars and starches, and contribute to good health and better eating habits as your child grows up.

Get it in!

Pre-packaged, processed ‘convenience’ foods.

This kind of ties into that last point, but as convenient as they are, we all need to have a realistic view about these types of foods: they are not healthy. Most foods that come from a bag or box have been heavily processed and therefore have lost many of their original nutrients. Honesty, these dead foods make us constipated–there are no enzymes, and no real health benefit to eating them, aside from calorie intake (which can also backfire).

These foods need to be offered after your child has consumed an adequate amount of healthy, living fresh foods, first.

Ignoring the natural impulse to go to the bathroom.

Almost every child  is guilty of doing this every once in a while, but some kids do this regularly. The reason may be that perhaps they feel uncomfortable going at their school, or all public bathrooms for that matter. When they do this at home, they might be unwilling to stop playing to go to the bathroom.

Whatever the reason may be, we need to teach our children that having bowel movements is healthy, natural, and will keep their tummies feeling good. No child should ignore the urge to go to the bathroom—it’s unhealthy, and will result in constipation.

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Inadequate fibre intake.

This last point is relevant for everyone, not just kids. The daily recommended amount of fibre for adults is 34 grams a day, yet we typically only consume 11.

And kids are worse!

Fibre helps to sweep the colon clean, induce bowel movements, lower blood sugar, and maintain good, overall digestive health. Foods that are high in fibre include fruit, vegetables, oats, beans, sweet potatoes, and legumes. If your child doesn’t eat enough fibre in a day, you can try adding some NutraCleanse™ to her smoothie or oatmeal, because it’s super high in flax seed (which is chalk full of fibre). To find out how, click HERE.

Stay healthy!

5 Natural Ways to Combat Constipation

Being constipated isn’t fun. In fact, chronic constipation can create some pretty major health problems, including (but not limited to) depression, diverticular disease, and can even contribute to colon cancer. Just as chronic stress has recently been found to be heavily correlated with disease, so has chronic constipation. (Just to be clear, “chronic” refers to ongoing conditions, not those that occur just once or twice.)

While there are many over-the-counter remedies that tout their helpfulness in helping one overcome constipation, it’s actually much better too try and relieve the condition naturally. This means consuming whole foods, exercising, and adopting lifestyle habits that are conducive to a healthy bowel.

Here are 5 ways to combat constipation naturally:

Drink Up

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Drinking at least 6 cups (or 48 ounces) of water daily can greatly help promote healthier bowel movements. Without enough fluid, stool simply cannot be passed easily. Bowel movements should be quick and effortless, and if this isn’t the case for you, then you should drink more water.

Walk Baby, Walk

Walking and running

Incorporating walking into your daily routine is a great way to get your bowels moving. Different than weight lifting or attending spin class, walking works most of the muscles in your abdomen and the slow and steady movement induces a full-body stimulation.

Eat Your Veggies

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Your mom wasn’t joking—fruit and veggies are essential to good health, and to keeping a happy tummy. The fiber that these foods naturally possess helps to give stool shape and bulk, and promotes daily expulsion of waste. Aside from the fiber, fruit and vegetables are also chalk full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Eat Smart

Eat Smart

Becoming aware of how many foods you consume each day that may contribute to a slow and sluggish bowel, is key. Foods like heavy breads, pasta, dairy, and sugar can really throw your digestive tract of track. By making better choices, we can make an enormous difference in our bowel health.

Increase Your Fibre with NutraCleanseTM

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Incorporating NutraCleanseTM into your diet may take your bowel health to another level. It ensures you receive adequate amounts of fiber (the main benefit of flax seed, which our product is primarily composed of), and gently promotes overall digestive health.

Cheers to a happy healthy gut and please take care!