Let’s get things moving! This week our focus is on sustaining healthy bowel movements.
A regular, daily bowel movement is of the utmost importance, yet is often ignored and “poo-pooed”. Your stool not only excretes waste matter, but also removes unwanted hormones and cholesterol from the body. When you do not go, your body recycles these hormones and cholesterol and creates a series of problems in the body.
How do we get started?
- Your warm water and lemon juice from last week is a great start. Increase your fluid intake with pure fresh water, away from your meals (drinking water around your meals dilutes your digestive enzymes and contributes to digestive weakness)
- Remove refined and processed foods from your diet. (Flour, pastries, sugar)
- Increase fiber containing foods- squash, celery, greens, berries, flax, and chia seeds
- An evening cocktail of 1tbsp ground chia or flax, 1tbs coconut oil, sprinkle of cinnamon or clove and a 6-8oz cup of hot water. Pair that with 200-300mg of magnesium citrate and probiotic and the morning will be a dream come poo!
- Increase your digestive fire with 1tbsp apple cider vinegar before meals or a digestive enzyme supplement
- Exercise! Get your legs moving in order to get your bowels moving. Exercise increases your natural peristalsis (muscles in your bowels). Go for a relaxing stroll when things get backed up; just be sure a bathroom is nearby!
All jokes aside, we are experts here in this department and we understand the importance of maintaining regularity. Please feel free to stop in and ask us how to get you moving.
By: Krista Boulding, RHN & Sandy Davies, RHN