Try the following tips to help your bowel movements move smoothly.
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If you’ve been following my journey for a while now then you know I’m a constipation struggler (is that even a thing?) It all started when I became pregnant with Luna. During my pregnancy, I was severely constipated. I remember going days, if not an entire week, without having a bowel movement. It was not only uncomfortable, but it was also quite painful. I evidently spoke to my OBGYN about it, but she didn’t seem too too concerned. She said that constipation during pregnancy is actually a very common symptom. She went on to explain that during pregnancy, there’s an increase in the progesterone hormone which causes the muscles in your bowels to relax. And what does that mean? It means that food doesn’t get digested properly and instead hangs around in the digestive tract.
After giving birth to Luna, I thought my constipation problems would finally go away. But unfortunately, they didn’t. I’m now almost fifteen months postpartum and still don’t have a regular bowel movement. Why do I think that is? I suspect the reason is that I’m a mom. I’m always running somewhere and always putting my needs last. Having said that, I have to say that I’ve been doing a little better in terms of taking care of myself. I’ve vowed to put self-care on my to-do list and finally kick that constipation to the curb.
So on today’s blog, I’m sharing my top 5 remedies to relieve constipation.
1. Hot Water with Lemon and Ginger
Whenever I feel constipated, I start my day by drinking a cup of hot water containing half of a squeezed lemon and about an inch of grated ginger. All of these three things stimulate digestion and therefore provide constipation relief. Ginger is especially important because it has mild laxative effects and therefore boosts bowel activity.
2. Pineapple Juice
When I mentioned my constipation issues to my general doctor and my OBGYN, both of them told me to start drinking prune juice. Although prune juice is supposed to be one of the most effective remedies for constipation, it has never worked for me. What I do, instead, I drink pineapple juice. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain which improves bowel movements.
3. No Legumes
Most of the articles found online state that filling your plate with legumes is a great way to relieve constipation due to its richness in fiber. However, I couldn’t disagree more. Every time I eat legumes, whether it’s beans, chickpeas or even lentils, I feel bloated and uncomfortable almost immediately. So I avoid them at all times when I’m constipated.
Exercise, especially weight lifting and high-intensity interval training, helps tremendously with constipation. It improves the efficiency of the digestive process and just get things moving in the right direction.
When all things fail and constipation persists, I turn to a laxative. The one I’ve been taking is Lax-A-Day. I like it because it’s a taste-free soluble oral powder, so you can dissolve it in whatever you want – coffee, tea, or just water. And the best part? There’s no sudden urgency. Disclaimer: This product might not be suitable for you. Always read and follow the label.
Let me know in the comments below your tips and tricks on how to relieve constipation.