It’s a subject no one likes to talk about, but we’re going there! Believe it or not, constipation is a very common problem for many people. Suffering from it can be a result of what you’re eating (or not eating), lifestyle choices, medications for other ailments, or even medical conditions.
We’ve all dealt with it at some point or another, but dealing with it regularly can really be a burden — and a burden you don’t have to deal with.
Making sure you focus on these tips to keep your digestive system running smoothly is quite simple to do — here are some very easy to do things to avoid the bloat and pain of irregularity.
1. Drink that water
One of the biggest reasons people become constipated is because they’re not drinking enough water. Staying hydrated is paramount to keeping things moving. If you’re not a big water drinker, start focusing on easing up to drinking half of your body weight in ounces each day.
2. Feast on fiber
We generally don’t get enough fiber in our diet. You should be eating a balanced diet that has foods that are naturally rich in fiber –think veggies,
fruits, nuts, and whole grains.
3. Walk it off
Studies have shown the more we move, the more our digestive tract does its job. Try fitting in a walk each day and see how things change with your digestion.
4. Eat probiotic foods
So much has been learned about gut health over the last few years. Those that suffer from constipation regularly usually have an imbalance of the good gut bacteria in their gut. Probiotics can make a huge difference in your digestion, so eat foods with that good, live bacteria in them, and that should help restore balance. Fermented foods like kimchi or pickles, for example, are some examples of naturally probiotic foods you can easily fit into your meals.
5. Eat prebiotic foods too
No, they’re not the same as probiotic foods! These foods make it possible for probiotics to assist you. They feed that good bacteria in your gut and help them stay happy. Things like bananas, onions, and garlic are prebiotics, so start eating more of them, as well.
6. Try prunes
Prune juice gets a bad wrap, but give it a shot. Prunes are one of the most well-known natural laxatives, and undoubtedly your grandmother tried to come to your aid as a child with a sip of prune juice. It’s worked for generations, so it must be trustworthy! (Those with IBS, steer clear of prunes.)
I know it’s embarrassing to talk about sometimes, but healthy digestion is vastly important to your overall health, and it’s something we need to talk about. If you’re not having a bowel movement daily, it’s time to start focusing on some ways to change that. Best of luck.