About 1 in 3 people are impacted by constipation due to various reasons. The main cause for constipation is wrong diet. Eating foods that do not contain enough roughage or bulk, nutrient depleted food, drinking insufficient water, etc.
Symptoms people experience due to constipation: (1) Having hard stools; (2) passing fewer stools; (3) having stomach aches and cramps; (4) not feeling hungry; (5) bloating and nausea; (6) migraines as a result to toxins reabsorbing into the body.
How often should you move your bowels?
Daily, after each meal.
Snacking throughout the day, interrupts the process.
Trust in God:
3 John 1:2 - Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Exodus 15:26 - And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
Water: Drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water is important, so your body will not draw water from all over your body, including your colon. Keep a container of water by your bed so you can drink it first thing when you wake up. After brushing your teeth you can drink a warm glass of water with lemon. Lemon helps with flushing toxins from the body while assisting the digestive tract through elimination process. Water should also be consumed 30 minutes before your meals and throughout the day, so the body stays hydrated. Avoid drinking water a few hours before bed to decrease the chances of interrupting you nightly sleep.
Exercise: Regular exercise helps keep the colon moving. It is recommended to take brisk walks a few minutes after each meal to help with the digestion process. Each day you should get about 30 minutes of exercise.
Abdominal Massages: Lay on your back and use finger tips to push down on your abdomen in a clockwise motion. This will encourage the feces movement for elimination.
Listening to your bowels: If your bowels are ready to move, don’t delay. Interrupting the process can cause constipation.
FOODS THAT DECREASES THE CHANCE OF CONSTIPATION:
Aloe Vera: Natural laxative. Can slice the aloe and scrape out the gel. The yellow part called aloe latex has the properties to aid in constipation. Aloe can be taken plain or added to a smoothie, juice, etc.
Apples: Apples have both insoluble and soluble fiber. Therefore it has good roughage; which is great in relieving constipation. Research has shown that eating about three apples in a day can improve constipation.
It is best to consume organic food to avoid the consumption of pesticides.
Beans: Have lots of protein, minerals, and antioxidants. Also high in insoluble and soluble fiber. Black, Black-eyed, Chickpeas, Kidney, and Lima offer the most fiber.
Berries: Have large amounts of fiber. The fiber helps prevent the bile acid for being converted to a possible cancerous substance. Berries that are rich in fiber are Elderberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries. Mulberry and Boysenberry can be used as a laxative.
Blackstrap Molasses: Has magnesium which aids constipation relief. Can take a spoonful in the evening to encourage a bowel movement in the morning. Can be taken with warm water and lemon if you are unable to tolerate the taste.
Flaxseed: Very high in fiber. Have omega – 3 fatty acids, which is also good in addressing constipation. It is best to grind or crush the flaxseed so it can be easier digested. If consumed on a regularly basis be sure to increase daily water intake.
Greens (dark leafy): Such as beet greens, chicory, dandelion greens, kale, swiss chard, purslane, spinach, turnip greens. They have Omega 3’s, which keeps your bowel movement regular. Dandelion helps increase bile flow, which decreases chance of constipation.
Honey: High in fructose, which functions as a natural laxative. Honey can be used to replace artificial sweeteners.
Prunes: High in fiber. Have a compound called dihydroxyphenyl isatin, which stimulates contraction that is necessary for regular bowel movements. Have sorbitol, which is a natural sugar, that soaks up water in the digestive tract to keep your bowels regular. Raisins and Figs also help to relieve constipation. Raisins has tartaric acid, which is a natural laxative.
FOODS THAT COULD CAUSE CONSTIPATION:
Dairy does not offer any fiber and can bind you. It slows down the digestion process.
Certain Oils that have been extracted from their source such as vegetable, olive, etc. Better oils will be avocado, coconut, other nuts, etc.
Fruit juice since the fiber is removed. If you enjoy fruit juice, I recommend investing in a juicer that will include most of the fiber.
Food sensitivity can also cause constipation. Some of the foods are chocolate, citrus, corn, eggs, meat, milk, nuts, or wheat. You can experiment by removing one or two at a time from your diet to assess.
Decreasing salt usage since it can causes for water in the intestines to move to other parts of the body.
Research has shown that the use of aluminum products can contribute to constipation.
HERBS THAT HELP WITH CONSTIPATION:
Some common herbs used to aid constipation are cascara sagrada, dandelion, fenugreek, ginger, licorice root, marshmallow root, sea buckthorn, senna, slippery elm, stinging nettle, etc. You can try a herb or two for one or two weeks than cut the down amount according to your progress.
Psalms 91:1-16 KJV
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
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