Constipation is a symptom many of my clients experience, and I’m no stranger to it either. It happens to everyone at some point. You might even experience constipation when you transition from a typical diet into a clean eating gut-healing diet. That’s because, even though you’re eating well, all of a sudden you’re putting food in your that it’s not used to, so things get all out of sorts for a little while. Have you ever experienced that?
Whenever you experience constipation, try these natural remedies (sorry, Miralax…).
Freshly squeezed lemon juice is great for relieving constipation. Lemon is rich in enzymes and highly acidic, which can help stimulate your digestive system to move things along. Increasing the amount of water you drink is a well-known constipation remedy, but adding lemon juice will make it extra effective.
Senna is a powerful laxative herb and works exceptionally well for relieving short-term constipation. It’s so effective that it’s often prescribed before colonoscopies and other procedures of that nature.
The active ingredient in senna is a compound called sennosides, which irritates the intestinal lining so much that it forces contractions in the bowel. Get ready for some movement!
Like any laxative, you need to be careful to not depend on it because you don’t want your body to get too used to having an external aid. However, for a short period of time, taking senna to relieve constipation is totally fine.
Flax is one of the best seeds for getting things moving in the bowels, in fact this one most often. Flax pretty useless whole, but once you grind it into a powder and mix it with water, magic happens! It’s important that you consume only freshly ground flax because the oils are prone to quick oxidation, meaning they can easily go rancid and that won’t do you any good.
The reason flax works so well for constipation is its high mucilage content. Mucilage is a slimy substance that helps to lubricate the colon and intestinal lining. Along with a good amount of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, flax seeds are a great natural alternative to commercial constipation supplements.
To make flax tea, grind 1 Tablespoon of flax seeds and mix with 1 Cup of warm (not hot) water. You can add lemon and honey to flavor and enjoy!
Add all ingredients to your blender and process until super smooth.
I’ll be sharing tips like these plus a ton more than I reserve exclusively for clients in my next Love Your Gut program! If you’re interested in getting healthy, restoring your digestion and boosting your energy, then I’d love to see you in this program! Details here: thrivebyfood.com/love-your-gut.
In this program, you’ll get a ton of delicious and satisfying recipes as well as strategies that will help rebuild your intestinal flora.
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Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.
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