Bring Your Tummy Back in Balance

If you mainly suffer constipation, your digestive system may need a little help to move things along. Constipation most often occurs when the food we have eaten moves too slowly through our digestive tract. When stools move slowly, excess water is absorbed from the stools causing them to become hard, dry and difficult to pass. Several factors, including dehydration, changes in diet, lack of exercise, stress, pregnancy, enlargement of the rectum, impaired coordination of the pelvic and anal muscles, and certain medications may slow transit of stool. You might also find you experience a build up of gas resulting in flatulence.

Whether you have a mild or moderate Sluggish System, follow these tips to try to get your system moving again:

  • Consume products that contain pre and probiotics such as yogurt, kefir, bananas, whole grain breads and honey
  • Choose fruits rich in pectin, such as apples, strawberries, lychees or pears, to increase stool volume and ease passage
  • Include foods rich in fibre: For optimal general health and function of the colon, you should aim to consume about 20 to 30 grams of fibre from a mixture of fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains and every day
  • Avoid foods that are greasy, high in animal fat, and fried
  • Limit intake of refined sugar (sweets and rich deserts)
  • Drink plenty of water each day while decreasing your intake of caffeinated, alcoholic, and sugar-rich beverages such as pop and fruit juices
  • Eat at regular times
  • Commit to a healthy lifestyle: exercise regularly, do not smoke, avoid stress, establish regular sleeping patterns and adopt good time management techniques
Did you find this information helpful? Download a copy of these tips to have handy in your journey to bring your sluggish system back in balance.
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