So, ever have trouble "letting go?" I'm not a great emotional counselor. However, if letting go of toxic waste that accumulates in your bowels is your problem, then I'm your gal!
Studies show that a large portion of doctor visits are to treat constipation. Over-the-counter remedies can have side effects longer term and don't treat the root of your problem, which means you may as well buy stock in the company, because you'll be their customer for life. Leaving the roots causes of constipation unresolved can be deadly - literally.
First of all, everyone should do a colon cleanse twice per year. This would include those suffering from chronic constipation and those who have no trouble with healthy elimination. There are plenty of inexpensive colon cleanses out there. I like the list found here.
Those suffering from chronic or recurring constipation should look carefully at their diet. Food sensitivities/allergies can be a cause. Try keeping a journal of your diet for a couple weeks and see if you can find a correlation between the constipation and what you've eaten. The biggest culprit is usually dairy, but there are certainly others.
You probably already know that fiber is a huge factor in proper elimination. Fiber acts as a broom to your colon walls, loosening toxins, bad bacteria, and other waste. To be frank, white flour should not be part of your diet. At all. If, and only if, you make it a point to have lots and lots of healthy fiber in your diet, the rare occasion of your favorite pastry, pizza crust or other treat can be tolerated and properly removed.
Flax is an excellent source - grind a high quality flax seed in a coffee mill and add 1/4 cup per day to your yogurt or smoothie. I don't recommend grinding it ahead ahead of time, as it immediately begins losing it's awesome health benefits, like it's healthy fats. Another great fiber source is new to me, but has shown amazing results in my own experience already! Who remembers the commercial: "Ch-ch-ch-chia!"? Chia seeds! Order chia seeds from chiaseedsdirect.com. Browse this website for info on how to use these. It's super simple and chia is seriously one of the most perfect foods on the planet. My husband and I have been using them for a couple weeks now and can already see muscle tone and are experiencing the benefits of its slow-release endurance energy. More on this later. You probably already know that fruits and and veggies are great sources of fiber and keep your bowels moving. Psyllium husks are excellent for short term use or on an occasional basis (once/week for chronic constipation or as needed). Avoid these during pregnancy, as the potential for releasing toxins into the placenta is high. Whole grains are also excellent sources and should DEFINITELY be part of your routine diet. Refined grains and sweeteners will rot in your gut, causing all sorts of problems including many cancers. Eat whole grain foods and brown rice. Period.
Drinking lots of water should be a no-brainer. If there isn't enough liquid in your bowels when the waste is formed, it will become hard and difficult to eliminate.
If you are pregnant or newly post-partum, and already have a propensity to have a slower system, you will have to be vigilant about avoiding constipation. One trick is to eat a piece of fruit that is juicy, like a peach, and as you eat it, drink an 8-10oz. glass of water. Take a bite; take a drink, until they're both gone. Do this a couple times per day after you deliver your baby or if you have skipped a day going to the bathroom. I call it "poop fright" after having a baby - who wants to push waste out after childbirth?!?!
Here's to letting go of all that's holding you back!
**I've recently read that flax is a thyroid inhibitor, so if you are pregnant or nursing, or have thyroid issues, another source of fiber is probably best. I'm not ready to jump off the flax wagon yet, as this was the first I'd heard of it and haven't looked more deeply into the finding yet.
Posted by Danneca