Sometimes lemon water isn’t enough. Sometimes we’ve either eaten something which bungs us up, or we just haven’t had enough water and the ole poop system is acting all sluggish. What to do?
Here are a few tried and true techniques to, ah, restart things if they’ve gone haywire.
FIRST, hydration. The guideline: Divide your body weight in half. Drink that number in ounces of pure water each day.
If this isn’t your reality, easy does it. Sip, sip, sip, gradually working up to your goal. We don’t want to wash any good stuff out of our bodies by taking in too much water at once.
SECOND, position. Yes, pooping posture can make a big difference in the ease of transitioning from a person full of poo, to one without. We should not have to strain. The residue from the joys of living should ideally slide out effortlessly like a big brown snake.
When we sit on a toilet with our feet on the floor, we are kinking up our intestines making it hard for them to discharge their duty. Enter the step stool, the basket full of magazines, or that item known as a “Squatty Potty”. All of these things support our bodies in the more natural squatting position our bodies were designed for. Awkward at first, but try it and never strain again...we hope.
THIRD, diet. Make sure you’re getting enough magnesium. If you’re getting too much, your body will shed it, giving you loose stools, which could be helpful here. Not enough and your body will struggle to do any of the many things magnesium enables us to do, from dealing with foods we take in, to building strong bones and regulating blood pressure. Seriously.
Be sure to eat enough healthy fats as these stimulate the digestive process. The body needs a mix of saturated and unsaturated fats from a combination of cleanly-raised animal fats, tropical oils, olive oil, and fresh nut/seed oils. The body does not need refined, plastic-bottled, vegetable oils such as corn, safflower, soybean, or canola. Neither does it need any trans-fats, as found in hydrogenated, or partially-hydrogenated, oils. So, please skip 'em.
Good bacteria in the intestines support the smooth functioning of the digestive system. Eating and/or drinking fermented foods daily is a good way to insure you have a flow of health-giving bacteria coming into your body. Probiotics are also helpful, as are cultured dairy products, if these are part of your diet.
Lastly, fiber. Not the packaged, isolated kind we find on a store’s shelf. Nature designed our bodies to take in whole foods and that’s where the fiber lives—along with all the necessary micro-nutrients to help you take in those foods and thrive. So eat plenty of veggies, both raw and cooked. Cooking them lightly makes them easier to digest by partially breaking down the fibrous components, thus helping them move through our systems faster. Different nutrients are available to us when we eat a food raw versus cooked, so mix it up and do both.
Those are my ideas. What works for you?
(Information drawn from https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/know-your-fats/digestion-and-absorption-of-food-fats/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/5-steps-to-cure-constipation-naturally/ as well as https://wellnessmama.com/3610/low-magnesium/)