(NaturalNews) The world is backed up, and so much so that a bowel movement every few days is deemed normal. This is undoubtedly due to a lack of hydration, probiotics, enzymes, fiber, EFAs, and key vitamins and minerals that allow properly formed bowel movements to happen smoothly and at least once a day. So if you are stuck and need some extra help without an over-the-counter laxative that will slowly destroy your ability to eliminate naturally, try these five methods.
Also known as the master mineral, adequate magnesium levels are vitally important in order to facilitate a proper bowel movement. It is responsible for proper muscle function, promoting over 800 enzymatic actions, and reducing inflammation.
An individual who is constipated will presumably be suffering from slow peristaltic action (facilitated by the muscular lining in the intestinal system), poor enzyme function, and excessive inflammation. Fortunately, magnesium can help in all those areas.
Be sure to choose a quality liquid magnesium in a highly bioavailable form, without any additional sugars, artificial flavours, colours, or preservatives.
In order to function properly, your intestinal system needs to be well lubricated in order to promote a healthy transition time for bowel movements. The more dehydrated you become, the more difficult it becomes to have a proper and regular bowel movement.
Unfortunately, all water we have access to is not equal. Tap water contains toxins that contribute to improper bowel movements, distilled and reverse osmosis water lacks the minerals for proper hydration, and bottled water is "dead" and contains xenoestrogens that complicate proper digestive function.
For the best results in ending constipation, use an approved spring for water so you have access to naturally mineralized and highly oxygenated water with the least amount of toxins as possible. A good secondary option is a good filtration system that puts minerals back in, or you simply add them back in through a good sea salt.
Chia's makeup of essential fats, anti-parasitic antioxidants, and a rich array of fibers make it a perfect blend to build a healthy gut. When you are able to nourish the intestinal system with this remarkable superfood, constipation can end rather quickly.
Two tablespoons of chia gives you 7 grams of fiber (a blend of insoluble and soluble fibers) and helps sweep and sponge microorganisms and toxins out of the colon, which are often causing you trouble with your bowel movements.
Be sure to soak your chia for premium benefits, as their ability to store 10 times their weight in water helps irrigate the intestinal system as well.
Sauerkraut is a powerful fermented food with a wide variety of benefits, including the promotion of healthy and regular bowel movements.
Due to its massive array of probiotics, enzymes, and nutrients, it tends to break down and soften impacted fecal matter, which improves transit time through your intestinal system. These nutrients will also lower inflammation and hydrate the intestinal system effectively, another barrier in swifter bowel movements.
For best results, choose sauerkraut that is unpasteurized which will deliver more enzymes and probiotics.
Coconut kefir is a fermented beverage that is very healing of the digestive system, and delivers probiotics, enzymes, and nutrients in a highly bioavailable format.
Much like sauerkraut, coconut kefir helps improve the health of the intestinal system, and provides appropriate lubrication and seeding of the intestinal system so impacted fecal matter can be broken down and removed quickly from the body.
Making these solutions a core part of your daily habits, as well as cleaning up your diet and environment, reducing stress, and incorporating movement, can help end constipation for good.
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