It’s hardly surprising that so many of us suffer with constipation given our modern diet which consists of meat and processed food which contains little fibre.So how do you get your bowels moving naturally?
We need about 30grams of fibre a day but most of us are lucky if we’re getting in half of that each day.
Without that bulk in our diet, it can make bowel movements practically immovable.
The human digestive tract was not designed for modern ready to go meals but was instead designed for unprocessed plant foods that are loaded with dietary fibre, for example: beans, leafy greens, fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
High levels of dietary fibre will increase both the frequency and quantity of bowel movements, and will also decreasing the transit time of stools, as well as the absorption of toxins from the stool.
We need to drink at least eight to twelve 8-oz. glasses of clean water per day which will ensure that we get enough water into our system. Hard, dry stools are a classic sign of dehydration.
Basically, if you drink a glass of water when you wake up and then every hour after that this is a good rule of thumb.
Try adding some wheat or barley grass to your daily routine. Mix two to three teaspoons of a nutrient-rich blend of dehydrated wheat and/or barley grass in water, and have another serving later in the day.
These drinks have a restorative action on the intestinal tract and are especially good for constipation.
As a supplement to a healthy, high-fibre diet, bran and prunes are particularly effective in relieving constipation.
Whole prunes and prune juice possess good laxative effects. Eight ounces is usually an effective dose. A similar amount of aloe vera juice is also helpful.
Foods which are rich in Vitamin C can also help, as they help with food and nutrient absorption.
Try parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts, as they’re all great sources of vitamin C.
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