Niagara Gazette — So what is considered normal? If you eat two to four times daily, then you should move at least twice daily. Some of my most constipated clientele have daily bowel movements. They may be hard and small — but it pacifies them to think they do not have a problem.
Moving your bowels should take less time that emptying your bladder. You should not have to read a small novel in order to get through the process. Bunny pellets and marble size pieces are not acceptable. A very large soft serve swirl is what you are striving for. (Sorry for the correlation to food, but you shouldn’t be eating ice cream anyway.)
Please note that there are many medications that contribute to constipation. Pain medications are at the top of the list. Please discuss this with your doctor if you suspect this may be the cause of your constipation.
If things are not moving the way you want them to, here are a few tips that may help:
DIET: Eliminate dairy and minimize your bread intake. Eat single-ingredient foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats, poultry and fish. Within a week, you should notice a difference in the quality of your movements.
HYDRATION: Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. Most individuals only consume caffeinated and sugary drinks that actually dehydrate them.
PROBIOTICS: Keeping the healthy bacteria levels optimized will have you running smoother and can completely rid you of IBS symptoms.
PARASITES: If you have dark circles under your eyes, grind your teeth and suffer from a dull ache in your lower right abdomen, consider parasite treatment. I cannot ignore how much this has helped my chronically constipated individuals.
CAPE ALOE: These aloe capsules are a very gentle but effective softening agent. They are safe to be taken daily and do not cause dependency.