Hi everyone, I've posted some constipation advice below as a few people have asked. Please remember individuals respond to different measures but everyone needs water!
I hope this is of help to some of you.
Constipation is a very common problem in our society today and the toxic load on the body can cause many symptoms including - headache, lethargy, bloating, abdominal pain, depression, bad breath, skin problems including acne and eczema, weight gain and increase in clothes size. If left untreated it can lead to much more serious illness! Occassionally it is necessary to hospitalise the patient for up to 5 days to clear many pounds of waste (up to 20lbs in serious cases) from the colon. This is addressed on the NHS by prescribing irritating laxatives which can make the bowel dependant and in severe cases administering enemas 2-3 times daily and giving bowel clearing solutions such as Picolax/ Clean Prep etc. Colonic Irrigation is not available on the NHS but I believe this is being looked at.
There are many different causes of constipation and the most common ones are listed below:
Diet low in Fibre (Fruit and vegetables, pulses etc)
Lack of Exercise
Diet high in sugar, salt and saturated fat
High Wheat intake (cakes, bread, pasta etc)
High Dairy intake including hard cheeses
Fast Foods/ Convenience Meals
Caffine and Alcohol
Recreational Drug Use
A bowel in good working order can make a huge difference to health and wellbeing on a daily basis and ideally your bowel should be moving at least once a day - the amount of food that you consume should be released in roughly the same quantities, otherwise it is clogging up in the bowel and over the years becomes hard and compacted onto the bowel wall, a toxic, acidic load which you are carrying around with you!!
Listed below are some measures to help get the bowel back in good working order and you back to good health!
Start by increasing the amount of plain water/ herbal teas to 2 litres daily
Decrease, with a view to cutting out tea coffee and fizzy drinks
Reduce Alcohol intake
Increase dietery fibre in the form of fruit, veg, beans, chick peas, lentils etc
Reduce with a view to cutting out wheat products, bread, pasta, cakes etc
Reduce dairy intake
Avoid red meat
Chew food well before swallowing to aid digestion
Manage stress levels
Massage your abdomen morning and evening for a couple of minutes to release waste and wind and help relieve abdominal tension
Helpful Tips and Advice
It is best to drink filtered or bottled water. For variety add some Thorncroft Detox Cordial available from health food shops
Digestif Herbal tea and also Fennel, Chamomile, Liquorice and Peppermint Teas are great for digestion
If drinking alcohol have a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks and take milk thistle before and after drinking.
Take vegetables in all different forms eg raw, stir fry, soups, in stews, grilled etc
Any beans, lentils, chick peas etc are great sources of dietary fibre
Eat fresh fruit on an empty stomach and don't eat anything for an hour after
Excellent exercise is fast walking, trampolining, hula hoop, fit ball etc.
Supplements and Natural Remedies
Soak 2 heaped dessertspoons of linseeds in water overnight. Stir and drink in the morning
Aloe Vera Gel
Slippery Elm with fennel
Co Ton (cascara compound)
Dr Stuart's Lax plus tea
Take Omega oils/linseed oil/starflower oil/ hemp oil
Black Strap Molasses