One of the first noticeable indicators of a health imbalance is chronic constipation. As embarrassing as it is to think about or talk about, constipation is a common problem. Stemming from poor dietary choices and lack of exercise, chronic constipation can lead to malabsorption, low energy levels, and and inability to clear toxins from the body. Long periods of this condition can lead to increased risk for intestinal tract cancer.
It is vital to get the colon functioning properly. Natural methods will have better long term results over harsh chemical laxatives. While a lifestyle change may be in order, there are some things that you can do today to bring relief of constipation and begin to get your colon healthy again. Here are three steps toward feeling better:
1. Drink more water – Health experts recommend drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day. More specifically, some recommend that you calculate half of your body weight, then drink that many ounces of water (150lbs = 75oz). If drinking water is just too boring for you, try adding a slice of lemon or a splash of cranberry juice (no sugar added).
2. Start an herbal cleanse – Many herbs can help soothe and benefit the colon. Fiber is usually at the top of the list here because it helps the colon contract while helping the stool retain more water and bulk up for easier elimination. Other herbs relax, stimulate and lubricate so stools move down the digestive tract more easily and faster. Still other herbs can be used to support the liver and bloodstream, which are important to the detoxification process. When doing an herbal cleanse it is best to consult a health practitioner or use a quality product from a health food store. I personally use and recommend
ReNew Life Organic Total Body Cleanse.
3. Do a juice cleanse – After doing the steps above, your colon will deserve a nice rest. A two to three day juice cleanse will provide your body with healthy vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Try some juices with apples, pears, parsley, greens, strawberries, artichokes, beets, and asparagus. They help stimulate the regular function of the intestines and provide vitamin C and calcium/magnesium.