Constipated? “Eat more fiber” is what most will tell you. But what is fiber really?
There are 2 types: Soluble and Insoluble Fiber.
Soluble Fiber blends well with water, forming a gel-like substance, whereas Insoluble Fiber does not blend well with water and acts as a “bulking agent” inside the gut to help move things along. But what many fail to realize is that consuming too much fiber will make things “bulk too much” so to speak, causing blockage and ultimately “stop you up” even more so! Think bout it, if a tube is clogged, would you want to add more bulk to that tube? Probably not. You would add liquid, oils, and lubricants to help break it up. That’s exactly what we need to do when we’re constipated (and continue to do to stay regular).
What I always recommend to someone who is constipated (and I personally do this myself as well) is to reduce your fiber intake and increase liquids. Also, there ARE some specialized fibers found in certain fruits that get the job done. Below is a check list I’ve created to guide you if you’re constipated.
• Go on a low fiber diet.
• Increase water intake.
• eggs (with yolk)
• coconut oil (does the trick almost instantly!)
• kiwi WITH the skins
Also, dry this drink that may help stimulate the bowls within 30 minutes.
1 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp curry powder
12 oz warm water
(yacon syrup or blackstrap molasses may be added if need be)
1. Mix all ingredients together and consume it within 10 minutes. You may start to feel warm due to the spices so be aware.
And….if all else fails? Drink coffee! (works every time)