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Having a Hard time In The Toilet? No Worries! Here is A list of Foods and Recipes To Help You!

Having a Hard time In The Toilet? No Worries! Here is A list of Foods and Recipes To Help You!

Constipation is one of the hardest stomach and bowel issues to….well…..stomach. It creates painful stomach and intestinal pain while leaving us with awful hemorrhoids to deal with. Constipation is the one health issue that targets everyone. It does not discriminate over gender or age. It is often due to a lack of hydration and not enough fiber in our diets However, taking care of the issue naturally is super easy with just a few additions to our diet! Here are some popular foods you can eat to get your bowels flowing healthily.

Water

    you are recommended to drink 8 glasses of water per day.

    Okay, so water is not technically a food but it does aid in digestion! When we load up on caffeine and sugary drinks, we dehydrate ourselves and just stop things up. Think of it like a water slide. The less water, the more you are going to get stuck and hurt on the way down. But with plenty of water, you will slide easy and with enjoyment. It’s recommended to increase your water up to 8 glasses a day if you are constipated

    Prunes

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      you can go for dries ones or fresh ones!

      Prunes are often given a bad rap as being identified as an “old person’s” snack. However, as we age, our systems do not function at top shape and a little help from prunes go a long way. Prunes contain fructans and sorbitol, naturally, and they are fermented sugars that have a laxative effect on the body. No matter how old you are, if you are constipated just grab a few prunes. If eating prunes is just too much, try drinking 2 glasses of prune juice in the day. Or add it to a smoothie!

      Cherries

        Be the cherry on top!

        If you cannot bring yourself to eating prunes, try some dried cherries to help things move along. Cherries are packed with fiber and cause your intestines to move in a wavelike motion that will certainly help your bowel issues. One cup should be enough to help move things along.

        Flaxseeds

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          It’s packed with so much protein!

          Ground flaxseeds are a fantastic way to add fiber to your meals throughout the day. One tablespoon holds 2 grams of fiber. That may not sound like very much but when you had a tablespoon to your oatmeal and another tablespoon to your afternoon smoothie, it adds up. Ground flaxseeds offer a little of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber makes waste softer and insoluble condenses your waste to make it easier to pass.

          Oranges

            Full of vitamin C.

            Oranges contain a flavonol called naringenin that acts as a laxative. But don’t grab a glass of orange juice! Orange juice has been processed and often contains extra sugar which contributes to issues of constipation. Grab a whole orange instead and add an extra 4 grams of fiber with the naringenin.

            Oatmeal

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              it’s a very nice breakfast choice!

              Oatmeal is a fantastic source of fiber. One serving has 2 grams soluble fiber and 2 grams of insoluble fiber. They work together to bulk up and soften so that everything passes with ease. But be sure you are not buying the processed and sugary oatmeal packets! One bowl of oatmeal should be enough fiber to help ease your intestines. Don’t forget that oatmeal is also great for heart health!

              Aloe Vera Juice

                Aloe is very good for our skin too!

                Aloe vera used to be used in laxatives for a long time. Now you can find aloe vera juice and see if it helps you. However, it’s recommended you only start with 2 oz and move up to 8 oz gradually over time. Or stop when you see it working effectively. No need to take 8 oz if 4 oz has you running to the bathroom every hour.

                Recommended Recipe

                Often when we make recommendations on how to eat we forget that folks may still be lost on how to eat the food they need. So we want to leave you with a recipe for a fantastic salad that will make your tummy a happy one!

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                Fiber-Rich Salad

                • Begin with some red and green leaf romaine, tossed with some spinach and kale for extra flavor and texture.
                • Mix in some chopped oranges, dried prunes and/or dried cherries for some sweet.
                • A tablespoon of ground flaxseed for an extra fiber punch.
                • On top, drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil. This salad contains 10 grams of 28 grams recommended daily (based on a 2,000 calorie diet).

                Foods You Want to Avoid

                No matter what you eat, it’s important that you avoid certain foods when you are constipated. Those foods include:

                • Anything dairy, it will stop you up
                • Heavily processed foods
                • Sugary foods
                • Bananas
                • Red meat
                • Fried foods

                Constipation can leave us miserable and with no desire to do very much. Rather than suffering at home and on the couch, take in some extra fiber rich snacks and a fiber full meal. You should feel like your old self again!

                Featured photo credit: Belmarra Health via belmarrahealth.com

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                How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

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                Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!

                But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?

                No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!

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                When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:

                1. Relax as You Meditate

                A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

                Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!

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                Start with a short period of time, like 5 or 10 minutes a day. You can meditate first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before you go to bed at night, or any time. The most important thing is to consciously let go of unproductive thoughts and feelings. Just let them go for those few minutes, and you may decide not to pick them back up again at all!

                2. Practice Daily Affirmations

                Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.

                What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.

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                So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.

                1. Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
                2. Use present tense (I have)
                3. Use positive messages (I am happy)
                4. Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis

                Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.

                Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:

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                I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
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                You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

                Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.

                Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.

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