If all the festive goodies have caught up with you and you’ve seem to have lost your, erm…natural rhythm lets say, then follow these simple steps to get back on track.
Even the best of us get constipated, it just part of have a having a gut or in some cases a somewhat sluggish gut at times. See it this way; throughout christmas your digestive system, pretty much worked over time to digest all those mince pies, not to mention the turkey, stuffing, chocolates, roasted potatoes, more chocolates…you get the point. Your poor gut had to run a marathon, and like after most marathons you like to slow down take it easy. Well, the same can be said for your digestive system, it’s saying “Right! That’s it! I give up and I’m gonna be lazy until you give me something worth working with!” Yep, he’s on strike.
But, rather than reaching for the laxatives, a few simple diet and lifestyle changes will have you feeling as bright as day in no time.
*The following advice is recommend for those NOT suffering from a chronic digestive illness. Just for those who want to regain their natural rhythm.
Your bowel needs water to keep your stools soft and easy to pass. If your dehydrated you body will steal water from your bowel to use else where it needs it. The average adult should be drinking between 2-2.5 litres per day and if it’s hot or you are working out more!
Fruits & Veggies
This one is a no brainer. Fruits and vegetables are packed with micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), not to mention fibre. This will boost your digestive system and cleanse your system. If you are someone who doesn’t like veggies, well unfortunately there’s no alternative. There are tons of recipes to turn veggies into yummy, delicious and easy meals that the whole family can enjoy!
Fibre has been used for many years to improve bowel motility. Try some oats or whole grains to get your bowel moving. Read my article on Soluble and Insoluble fibre.
Get that booty movin’! And I mean in the very literally sense. Exercise boosts your tryptophan levels which in turn produces serotonin, which gets your bowel moving.
Giving you tummy some friendly bacteria to help him while he works will make you feel super and will help to regulate the bacteria in your colon.
Follow these simple steps before reaching for over the counter laxatives, you may be surprised.