Stay Regular Through The Holiday Season
Constipation can often be resolved successfully with simple lifestyle changes – try these five natural approaches that promote healthy elimination:
- Eat a fiber-rich diet. Include high fiber steelcut oats or truly whole grains in your morning meal; add extra servings of vegetables to your lunch and dinner. Substitute whole, organic fruit and raw nuts for chips at snack time. Add 1-2 tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseed to a smoothie or salad.
- Drink plenty of pure, filtered water.
- Get daily exercise.
- Utilize some type of daily relaxation technique, such as biofeedback, breathing exercises or yoga (stress can interfere with relaxation of the whole body, including the bowels).
- Maintain routine. So often the holidays are loaded with a hectic schedule. Do your best to keep a steady morning and evening routine so that you have adequate chances to stay regular.
If constipation is a problem for you, Dr. Weil recommends triphala, a mixture of three fruits from the Ayurvedic tradition; a moderate dose of magnesium glycinate twice a day may also be helpful for chronic constipation.
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