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Constipated? Natural Ways to Improve Digestion
Jen Heupel

Constipated? Natural Ways to Improve Digestion

STILL constipated after having tried to eliminate foods like dairy or gluten, eat more fiber, or take a probiotic supplement? Are you still relying on laxatives to have a regular bowel movement?

If you’ve tried #allthethings and still struggle to poop πŸ’© DAILY (yes – you should fully eliminate waste every day so toxins don’t build up in your body leading to other health problems) than the CAUSE of your constipation is likely a neurogenic issue. 🧠

“Neurogenic” simply means the source of your constipation stems from dysfunction in the nervous system – specifically neurological STRESS that keeps you stuck in fight or flight mode and prevents the brain from properly communicating with the digestive system.

✨To have consistent, healthy bowel movements your autonomic nervous system needs to easily transition to a parasympathetic state and subluxation (nerve interference between the brain and body) needs to be removed.

As a nervous-system focused chiropractic office, our gentle adjustments specifically locate subluxation, remove it, and help the autonomic nervous system shift into a more CALM and BALANCED state to increase motility so you can poop with ease!

Click HERE to learn more from Dr. Kyle about the 3 floors of the digestive track and how problems within the nervous system can lead to reflux, choking, upset stomach, gas pains, and constipation.

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7 Natural Ways to PREVENT or IMPROVE Constipation

If you or your child tend to get backed up easily or are not fully eliminating their bowels daily, try these #poophacks to increase motility, soften stool, and support a healthy digestive track. πŸ™Œ

Practicing these lifestyle tips not only improves digestive health but the function of your nervous system and microbiome, which impact your overall physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments: To have consistent, healthy bowel movements your autonomic nervous system needs to easily transition to a parasympathetic state and subluxation (nerve interference between the brain and body) needs to be removed.

     

    TRT adjustments specifically locate subluxation, gently remove it, and help the autonomic nervous system shift into a more calm and balanced state to increase motility so you poop every day!

     

  2. Move Your Body: Exercise helps constipation by lowering the time it takes food to move through the large intestine. This limits the amount of water your body absorbs from the stool. Aerobic exercise also speeds up your breathing and heart rate which stimulates the contractions of muscles in your intestines. Intestinal muscles that squeeze better move stools better.

     

    If you sit most of the day try adding in more physical activity like a brisk-paced 20-minute walk, 30 minutes of exercise you enjoy, or take the stairs whenever possible.

     

  3. Drink Enough Water: Did you know ½ of your body weight in ounces is the recommended daily water amount? (+ more if you sweat or live in a warmer climate.) Drinking enough water helps maintain good motility and prevents hard stools that are difficult to pass.

     

    One of the best habits you can implement is to drink a tall glass of water first thing in the morning to rehydrate your body, flush out toxins, and stimulate digestion for a morning bowel movement.

     

  4. Nourish Your Gut: The strains and abundance of microbes in your gut play a huge role in your body's ability to digest food, absorb nutrients, and have a healthy colon. If there's an imbalance of good vs. "bad" bacteria in your gut you will likely have issues with constipation.

     

    Drinking and eating probiotic-rich foods weekly (or taking a high-quality probiotic supplement) will help restore balance and health to your microbiome. Drinking organic bone broth also helps seal and heal the lining of the intestines. This can help ease leaky gut, chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.

     

  5. Eat Lots of Veggies and Fiber: Many veggies have a high water and fiber content, making them great for keeping your stools soft and mobile through your digestive track.

     

    Some veggies contain prebiotic compounds that feed the good gut bacteria which promotes healthy digestion, among other things. Prebiotic veggies include onions, garlic, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, chicory root, and cabbage.

     

  6. Consider Food Sensitivities: Dairy and gluten are two foods that increase inflammation, slow digestion, and lead to constipation - especially if you're body is sensitive to those foods or your consume high amounts of it.

     

    If you struggle to have a bowel movement every day or have hard stools, consider eliminating those foods for 4 weeks and see if it makes a difference in your motility and how you feel.

     

  7. Take Magnesium: Magnesium is one of the most important minerals our body needs to function optimally as it's a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation.

     

    Magnesium citrate is a natural osmotic laxative that works by pulling water into the large intestine, softening dry stool, and making it easier to pass.

Is Your Baby Having Trouble Pooping?

If your baby or toddler isn’t pooping every day than something inside their body is not working optimally. You may have heard that pooping every few days is normal, but it’s not good for your body to hold onto toxic waste that long as it can lead to a host of other health issues.

Watch this video and read the captions as Dr. McKensie explains more about the CAUSE of constipation in babies, how chiropractic adjustments help by removing subluxation (nerve interference) near the vagus nerve and sacrum, and hear a recent success story of a 5 year old girl that’s no longer constipated thanks to adjustments at Restore!

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πŸ‘‰If you’ve never tried chiropractic care to help with constipation or digestive health, now’s the time! You don’t want to rely on laxatives, reflux meds, or gas pills your entire life do you? Give us a call or schedule online to restore the health of your nervous system so you can digest your food better and feel great again!πŸ’–

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