It’s ideal to use your Bowels and for this to feel complete, once or twice a day, everyday. The bowels are after all a major pathway of elimination. If this isn’t the case we can feel irritable, sluggish and pretty uncomfortable. With all the over-indulgence of Christmas and New Years parties, this issue can become worse. There are so many simple things we can do to ensure we are eliminating properly.
1. Fresh warm lemon juice – drink first thing in the morning to gently stimulate the liver and bowels. Squeeze half or a quarter of a lemon and drop the piece including rind into the same mug. Add boiled water and allow it to sit for 10 minutes to cool. Sip this warm lemon drink first thing and have breakfast at least 20 minutes later.
2. Organic Kiwi fruit – eat one a day (including the skin like an apple) – Always buy organic, if you can, especially if you are going to consume the skin. Kiwi fruit contains enzymes which help with digestion and the soften the stool.
3. Ground Linseed/ Flaxseed – Really easy to do yourself – grind flaxseeds in a food processor or nut/ coffee grinder. Make enough for only 1-2 weeks and keep it fresh in the fridge in an air-tight jar. Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons daily on yogurt, stewed fruit, muesli or in a smoothie etc. Make sure you increase your daily water intake when consuming more fibre to soften and move everything through.
4. Hydration – I know this seems obvious and it should be at the top of the list. The whole body works so much more effectively when it’s well hydrated. Imagine doing the clothes washing – putting in the powder and only filling the tub with half the amount of water needed – the clothes are not going to get cleaned properly and the machine is going to struggle.
We humans are generally get a little bit lazy when it comes to drinking good quality, filtered plain water. This does not include other beverages like fruit juice, soft drinks, regular tea and coffee. I suggest to have about 6 glasses of water a day (this is roughly 1.5L) and more if you exercise.
- Sip water throughout the day – always have a glass or bottle on the go
- Add mint leaves, a dash of herb tea or fresh lemon/ lime juice to your water jug/glass
- Have a freshly filled stainless steel bottle of water in your car with a sipper lid for easy sipping
- Filter your water – Use a Britta jug and replace the filter once a month
5. Movement & exercise – The bowels rely on movement and exercise to be gently massaged and stimulated. This increases the rate at which food travels through the digestive tract, potentially making it softer and easier to pass. Babies are a great example of this as they naturally do a lot of kicking to get things moving before moving their bowels.
Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss digestive support specific for you. Carolyn