It happens to the best of us. Even when we think we are eating the most nutritious, fiber-filled diets, occasionally constipation comes calling and we find ourselves bloated, uncomfortable and yeah sometimes even a little cranky at times from the discomfort it causes. Our bodies are not meant to be “stopped up” like this for very long, and when we cannot eliminate properly, it really makes us feel quite uncomfortable.
Compare that to the way you feel when your digestive and elimination processes are working completely smoothly. Isn’t there a world of difference? It can really be the difference between a good mood and a bad mood for me personally. So I wanted to share a few of my best remedies for the occasional bout of constipation as well as foods that you should probably incorporate into your regular rotation of staples to help prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
1.) Mango. The whole mango fruit is an amazing remedy for constipation. The natural “scrubbing” enzymes it contains along with its potent fibrous fruit make it an excellent lubricant for the intestines and colon. If you eat a whole mango, you are almost sure to have no problems in the bathroom the next morning. They’re also delicious. They’re extremely sweet and they taste wonderful in a smoothie if you don’t want to eat just the fruit. Dried mango helps a little too, but the real hero is the fresh fruit pulp. They can be a bit messy to eat, but once you learn your own method of peeling it and cutting the fruit up, you’ll be whizzing through them in no time.
2.) Sweet potatoes. For me and my husband, having one of these with dinner at night is an almost surefire way to “stay regular”. It also can help get things moving when you’re experiencing temporary colonic stagnation. They are absolutely loaded with bulky fiber as well as bulky carbs that don’t bulk in a way that clogs the pathways for waste to escape like some other carbs do. They also have a ton of beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin A and other nutrients that are absolutely awesome for your entire digestive system. They don’t have a jarring laxative effect, but rather a natural, relieving laxative effect.
3.) Flax seed. These present a two-fold constipation relief avenue. That’s because ground flax seed not only has bulky fiber, but due to the consistency of the seeds being ground, they also act as tiny little “scrubbers” for the internal organs that facilitate waste removal like the intestines and the colon. That’s why ground flax seed is such a great thing to add to your morning cereal or smoothies. Heck you can even add it to pancake batter if you’re having pancakes, and some people like to add it to muffin or bread mix as well if they’re making a baked good.
4.) Chia seeds. Chia seeds actually swell when they are added to any liquid. For this reason, they are excellent at becoming bulky so that they can more easily transport whatever food they are paired with through the intestines and colon and out of the body. I’ve tried them and although I do find them to be a wonderful natural laxative, they also do create some gas and bloating for me, so I try to keep them to a minimum. As you know, chia seeds are very packed with antioxidants and omega fats so they are hailed as one of the newer “super foods” and are very popular right now in the natural health community.