When was the last time you pooped?😉 😉
I know what you are thinking. “How dare you ask me that”?
But really when was the last time you went to the bathroom for number 2 without straining? I’m waiting for an answer. Four days, Five? maybe 6? Hold on, seven maybe? Two weeks ago? Well this means you are constipated. Yup you are!
An adult should have a bowel movement any where from 3 times a day to once every three days. It is shocking how many people have difficulty passing stools. Three out of ten men and five out of ten women suffer from chronic constipation. Studies show that it is more prevalent in non-Caucasians, older adults, and women especially during pregnancy. It can lead to serious complications like hemorrhoids, anal fissure and rectal prolapse (that’s a strong word, google it!).
The point here is that constipation is bad for you and you should definitely address it. Here is how you can solve this issue:
- Reduces or eliminate the stress in your life. We wrote a blog post on how to declutter to reduce stress as well as the small changes that you can make to change your life.
- Add in some exercise. It does not have to be a big thing like starting a new workout routine in a gym. It can be as simple as running up and down the stairs 10 times, having a 15 minutes dance party at home and chasing your kids around the park. The idea here is to get you to move a little more than you currently do.
- Add fiber to your diet. You already know this means adding more veggies to each of your meal. But did you know popcorn, yes POPCORN is an amazing source of fiber? Not only is this whole grain, you also get over a gram of fiber per cup. And I know you don’t eat just one cup of popcorn. So have a movie night, binge on Netflix and popcorn.
- Finally and most importantly, increase your liquid intake. Brew some loose leaf tea, drink more water, drink drink drink and drink again. We actually have the bowel activator tea that you can take once a day to get things going for you.
If all else fail, please consult with your healthcare provider and don’t wait until things are completely stuck to go to the hospital. If we all pooped more often, the world would be a better place. I promise 😉