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Constipation is one of the most uninspiring states to be in. You’re bloated, you’re feeling sluggish and won’t dare glance at your skinny jeans. Aesthetics aside, constipation is a heavy issue (no pun intended) because it’s harmful to your health. The most illustrative way of explaining what constipation does to your body is to compare it to “not taking out the trash enough”. Just like garbage rotting, the food in your digestive tract ferments and creates a build-up of toxic sludge in your intestinal tract. Sometimes constipation is a rare occurrence, usually related to a food intolerance, sensitivity, dehydration or stress. But when constipation is left untreated and becomes a regular occurrence, it can lead to severe health problems not only in the digestive tract but throughout all systems in the body. Whether you experience rare or frequent constipation, there are natural nutritional supplements that can help. Here are 3 supplements we recommend to alleviate constipation and get things moving again.
Magnesium is a relaxing mineral that helps tightened muscles relax. Often, constipation is the result of stress and when we’re stressed, our muscles tighten. Your small and large intestines contain smooth muscle tissue and in order to have a bowel movement, your muscles must relax. Magnesium deficiency can also be a cause of constipation. Taking magnesium bisglycinate (a highly absorbable form of magnesium) can help promote muscle relaxation and help you become constipation-free.
Think of EFA’s like a lubricant for your intestines. Healthy fats such as omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids help keep digested food flowing through the intestinal tract. Essential fatty acids also help the body make prostaglandins, which help regulate digestion. Check in with your fatty acid consumption. Chia seeds, flaxseed, hemp hearts, oily fish and nuts and seeds (in moderation) are excellent food sources of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. Taking a high-quality fish oil such as Ascenta Nutra Sea’s Omega 3 Fish Oil can also be helpful for relieving and preventing constipation.
A healthy bowel requires plenty of fiber. As a society, we consume so many refined and processed foods that have been stripped of their fiber - it’s no wonder we’re so backed up! Avoiding refined foods such as white flour and sugar can help alleviate constipation while adding a high-quality fiber supplement to your diet helps to cleanse the bowels and promote elimination.
NutraCleanse is our top recommendation as it contains important nutrients to the digestive system such as dandelion root, fenugreek, and flaxseed to help soothe and support bowel movements. NutraCleanse is also a source of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. In addition to these 3 recommendations, be sure you’re drinking a sufficient amount of water each day (your body weight divided by 2 = ounces of water you should be drinking daily), exercising, and managing your stress levels in a way that works best for you.