It doesn’t feel good. That sluggish, irritable, “blah” feeling of constipation.
Almost everyone’s experienced it at some point in life, but when it becomes chronic, it can take over your happiness, your energy and your desire to live life to the fullest.
If you’re not pooping at least once a day, there is definitely room for gut health improvement.
Thankfully, there are many things that can be done to counter the dreaded effects of constipation.
Of course, regular exercise, a balanced diet and proper hydration should not be overlooked, but, I’m going to talk about 4 additional approaches in this post.
And, you may be surprised about one or two of them.
Butter from Grass-Fed Cows
Okay, normally dairy products are not the “go to” for those with constipation, but butter is your friend.
Whether you have constipation or not, throw away any margarine and never buy it again, please, as this is toxifying and inflammatory to your body.
In that same category of “avoid like the plague” would be any products with man-made “trans fats”, hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils.
You also will not get the same benefits from butter blends. Pure butter, ideally derived from the milk of grass-fed cows is what you are looking for.
Why grass-fed? Because cows that eat grass, like they’re supposed to, make healthier and more nutritive meat and dairy products than those that only are fed grains.
Grass-fed dairy and meat contains CLA, conjugated linoleic acid, which actually supports weight loss and a healthy immune system, improves digestion and metabolism, and lowers cholesterol and blood glucose levels, to name just a few of its benefits.
Also, grass fed cows have more exercise when grazing for their grass than those cows that are factory farmed, inhumanely kept inside and just fed grain.
Like the old adage said, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Well, the new adage says, “a pat or two of butter a day keeps the doctor away”, or something like that.
Butter is soothing, happy food for your intestines. Your gut will thank you.
Ground Flax Seed
I’m not a huge fan of the common fiber products that you see advertised on TV because they aren’t derived from a natural food source.
They are made largely with psyllium husks, which give bulk to stool, but a more nutritive way to go would be ground flax seeds, as they also contribute wonderful anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, also known as ALA, alpha-linoleic acid.
Ground flax seeds are easier to digest compared to whole flax seeds which you have to chew more thoroughly.
And, they are very versatile because they turn into an easily eaten topping on yogurt, salads or pancakes.
Eating more fiber may prompt the need for some people to start taking some digestive enzymes as well, to aid in the breaking down of, and therefore better assimilation of the nutrients.
This may be especially the case if increased fiber intake translates into increased gas.
The fiber isn’t the problem; however, the ability to fully digest the soluble fiber component often is.
Probiotics are the helpful, “friendly bacteria” that your gut needs to stay in balance.
When constipation is present, balance needs to be restored in the intestinal tract, as the “unfriendly bacteria” have the ideal situation in which to bloom.
Probiotics can be found in foods such as live cultured yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha. They also can be ingested in supplement form as well.
Not only do probiotics help rebalance your gut flora, but they also support optimal absorption of nutrients and the body’s strengthened ability to work through healing symptoms as they arise.
A woman on a plane once asked me what I do, and I told her I help people to feel better physically by addressing the underlying emotional factors.
She said she was experiencing constipation but really was unaware of any emotional issues present in her life at the time.
So, she told me her story, and when she was done, I asked her if she heard what she had said that highlighted her mind-body connection.
And she said “no”.
So, I reflected that she has said the words, “I’m debt-bound”.
Now, the term “bound” or “bound up” is not used in all cultures to express constipation, but a lot of people refer to constipation with that terminology.
She was rather in awe when she realized how her stress around her financial situation was impacting her body.
Finances are certainly not the singular issue that cause constipation from a mind-body connection perspective, but the point is that our words will often reflect our emotional issues underlying our physical symptoms.
Other common emotional issues around constipation include that which we are having difficulty releasing, letting go of, and that which we are holding onto, such as grudges, anger, unreadiness to forgive, and so on.
When we want to find and/or clear out the emotional issues related to our physical symptoms, we can pull out the “big guns” and use EFT “tapping”.
EFT stands for the Emotional Freedom Techniques and is also referred to as “tapping”, since we are tapping on a set of acupressure points while we are saying phrases specific to the emotions and events that arise around the targeted issue.
When used properly, EFT can be an amazingly effective tool that simultaneously helps to clear out negative emotions and trauma, thereby freeing the body to readily rebalance itself and heal.
Where to Start
If it’s evidently clear to you that there is an underlying emotional challenge that you’ve been facing, you may want to start addressing your constipation with EFT.
If you’ve never tried EFT before, it’s best to work with a skilled practitioner versus just trying to “wing it” after watching a few “tapping” scripts online.
I say this because when people use EFT scripts to follow, the problem is that 99.9% of the time, those scripts aren’t specific enough to allow for a person to fully benefit from them.
And then, a person may get the impression that EFT doesn’t work for them, but, in fact, it’s just that the EFT has to very specific for it to be effective.
If EFT seems too far of a leap for you for starters, you may first want to try some of the other approaches listed above.
If it’s time to get your groove back, you are encouraged to take a step using one or more of the above ideas!
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*Lauren Sonnenberg, LMHC, D.PSc, MCAP is not a medical doctor (MD) nor is LifeCore a medical treatment facility, and any information presented in the above article is strictly educational and is not a replacement for medical advice.
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