In this episode, we discuss the clinical definition of constipation, our opinion of that definition, and how infrequent bowel movements can affect health. We also discuss possible causes of constipation and ways in which to help get things moving.
A bowel movement is a major way in which we’re able to remove toxins and waste products from inside our bodies. Knowing that, it’s not all that surprising that it might be a problem if we’re not doing so at least once a day.
It’s not something we necessarily spend much time thinking about (unless maybe, you’re in your 80s!), but it’s important for everyone to pay attention to how often their bowels are moving. If it’s not regularly, we feel it’s important to make some changes to your routine in order to avoid more concerning health effects down the road. Don’t worry – there’s no need to panic if you’re not going at least once a day…but in our opinion, it is important to make a point to start to implement some of the easy recommendations we’ve laid out for you in this episode.
Something we didn’t mention in the episode that I feel is important to add is that magnesium can be an effective way to help your bowels more more regularly. Natural Calm is a magnesium citrate powder that can be made into a warm or cold drink. My girls and I have used this to help alleviate constipation or slow bowel activity (we found the raspberry lemon to be the best tasting flavour). I also find that magnesium bis-glycinate, although more often used to help with muscle cramps, relaxation and PMS, it also works wonders in keeping things regular.
As an added little bonus, here’s an actual picture of the Bristol Stool Chart we mentioned in the episode. You want to strive for between a 3 and 4 on that chart. You’re welcome.
However you decide to approach making bowel activity a more regular occurrence in your body, be sure to remember to start slowly, but be deliberate and consistent and things will gradually start moving!