Yep. We’re going there today. SO many of my clients are chronically constipated, embarrassed and more than slightly uncomfortable. And I totally get it because that was me for most of my life. I was constantly bloated and physically uncomfortable. Now I have my digestive toolkit and things flow on the regular! Here are a few of my go-to tools to get things going:
Drink water: Your body needs to be properly hydrated in order for things to move with ease. Often times constipation is really dehydration. Be sure that you’re drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day. And more if you drink caffeine, live in a hot climate or are extra active. I start my day with warm water and the juice from half a lemon or lime or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to rev up my digestion and get things moving. When my digestive system is feeling a little sluggish I sip on warm water throughout the day.
Move your body: Movement in your body creates movement in your bowels! When your digestive system isn’t moving it’s likely that you’re not moving. Add in some movement every day to get things moving through you. I love yoga to support my digestion. Simple twists, folds, and inversions are excellent when you’re constipated and bloated. I love this post for a simple and effective sequence.
Manage stress: Stress has a tendency to stop everything in its tracks. Typically when we’re stressed our body is clenched and tight. This obviously does not support elimination! Relaxation and ease are an important part of the digestive process. S L O W D O W N and B R E A T H E. Take a warm bath, meditate, read a book with a cup of herbal tea, get a massage. Find ways to add into relaxation into your everyday life.
Supplements: There are a few supplements that I use to give my system a little extra boost when I’m feeling constipated: magnesium citrate, aloe vera, and triphala. I take a teaspoon or two of Natural Calm (magnesium citrate) before bed. It calms down my whole body and mind. And gets things moving in my gut. Beware though – start with a small amount and work your way up to a teaspoon or two or it could work a little too well. I also love aloe vera because it is a natural lubricant. I’ll add a tablespoon of aloe vera juice to my morning smoothie or just toss back a shot of it. It’s not only great for digestion but also your skin. Another great option is triphala which is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal remedy for constipation. It is extremely gentle on the system yet effective when you need some relief.
Squatty Potty: We are meant to squat! The Squatty Potty helps your body relax and allow things to move faster and with more ease. It may feel weird at first but I promise this will really help!
Let’s talk! Contact me for your free healthy coaching session and we can explore ways to support your healthy digestion.