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:
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
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
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.
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.
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Cheers to a happy healthy gut and please take care!