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What Can I Do If I’m Constipated???
3. Elevate Your Legs
What I’m I talking about???? Well, let me explain. For centuries, people would squat to poop whether in a little pot or out in the woods. It’s only been since the invention of the flushing toilet that people sit down to do their business. However, as with so many modern inventions, the toilet has it’s pros and cons. We all appreciate the pros. What we haven’t considered the cons, such as, the toilet seat is designed at a height where sitting down scrunches our colon (aka. the large intestine). This inhibits easy and complete elimination. Whereas, the old-fashioned squatting position gave us the advantage of straightening out the colon, making the whole process easier AND faster.
The verdict? Well, you don’t have to throw out your ‘porcelain throne’ and move out to the woods to solve this problem. Keep your toilet. Just grab a little footstool to elevate your feet the next time to have to go. I’m telling you, it WORKS! Give it a try next time and I promise, you will be amazed.
Yes, probiotics even help keep you regular. Probiotics have been shown in countless studies to help relieve constipation and all the nightmare that comes with it. (4) (5) Beneficial Gut Flora are responsible for so many incredible things in our digestive system. Scientists are only beginning to scratch the surface on all the that our microbiome is capable of and responsible for.
In one specific study on constipation, 59 students (ranging from ages 5-15 ) in a public school in Brazil were broken into two randomized groups. One group was administered plain goat yogurt while the other group was given goat yogurt that was supplemented with the probiotic culture Bifidobacterium longum. (2)
The pooping schedules of both groups were studied for 5 weeks. Then the students were randomized again into two new groups and one group was given plain goat yogurt while the other was given the goat yogurt supplemented with the Bifido probiotic culture. Again, these students elimination schedules were documented. (2)
The results were pretty clear. Although all the students showed increased regularity in the elimination schedules and relief from constipation due to consuming goat yogurt, the students who received the yogurt that was supplemented with the Bifidobacterium longum showed significantly more improvement. (2)
I would highly recommend taking Natren Bifido Factor, Probiotic Supplement. If you can’t tolerate dairy, Natren also has a dairy free version. This is the only company I have seen that makes a specific Bifido probiotic supplement. Pretty incredible.
Be sure to order this directly from their website as the probiotic must be kept cold during shipping. The Natren company ensures a two-day delivery and ships the bottle of probiotics in a styrofoam box with cold packs. Click HERE to check out their website.
2. Guerra, Paula VP, et al. “Pediatric functional constipation treatment with Bifidobacterium-containing yogurt: a crossover, double-blind, controlled trial.” World journal of gastroenterology: WJG 17.34 (2011): 3916.