Let’s face it, sometimes things don’t go as planned and we aren’t satisfied with our bowel movement… This can be embarrassing to talk about or admit, so let’s just hash it out here in the privacy of your own computer! Take a look below to see the causes of constipation and how you can solve it:

Reasons for constipation

Constipation has many causes, some of which are:

  • Change in diet, water intake, or not enough fiber/roughage
  • Sedentary lifestyle or lack of daily movement that slows your metabolic processes
  • High levels of stress, emotional trauma, or suppression
  • Disorders or malfunction of the colon, rectum, anal sphincter, central or peripheral nervous system
  • Neglecting the urge to go out of habit
  • A body low in iron does’t have enough energy and does not eliminate well;
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy (and 3 months after birth)
  • Menstruation can cause digestive disturbance during different hormonal phases (luteal, follicular)
  • Certain medications like antidepressants, antihypertensives, analgesics, antipsychotics, and iron supplements. (I recommend iron diglycinate, a form of iron that is less likely to constipate)
  • Other: the presence of a virus, appendicitis, food poisoning, organic, or systemic disease

Tips for relieving constipation

  • Eat fiber with every meal
  • Drink about 1.5 litres of purified, room-temperature water daily
  • Add herbs and spices to your dishes. Certain herbs and spices nourish the organs of digestion and elimination, such as the liver, kidneys, stomach, and spleen. My favorites are cayenne, liquorice, coriander, fennel, ginger, and turmeric
  • Drink 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with water upon rising. ACV improves the production of stomach acid, which means a more effective breakdown and absorption of foods and better elimination of waste
  • Eat healthy fats. Good sources are coconut, olive, and macadamia oil; avocado; oily fish (sardines, mackerel, herring); butter; nuts; and seeds
  • Avoid excessive protein. Aim for a palm-sized portion per meal
  • Take magnesium bisglycinate. Magnesium is a muscle (intestinal-wall muscles included) and nervous-system relaxant
  • Do some daily breathwork. Without breath, there is tension, blockage, and resistance
  • Move the body. Movement improves metabolism, stimulates intestinal contractions, and tones the muscles in the core that help create healthy bowel movements
  • Squat. Squatting or using a squat platform allows for a more natural angle and pressure. It un-kinks the colon and allows for an easier passage for poop to leave

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