As mentioned in the previous posts, it’s important to lead a lifestyle that will give you the healthiest gastrointestinal health possible. In this post, I will break down the various ways that you can change your life and your gut flora for the better.

Sitting All Day

Our ancestors did not to close to the amount of sitting as we do today. Back then, they would have to be on their feet, hunting, gathering or producing. Nowadays, many jobs involve sitting at a desk. As someone who works the corporate ladder, I know this struggle.

But just because you have a desk job, doesn’t mean that you have to sit all day. Set a timer on your phone to go off every thirty minutes or every hour. Or just look at the clock, it’s very easy to keep track of but an alarm or ringer is usually more powerful to our minds.

Once this alarm goes off, all you need to do is stand up at your desk, rotate your hips, move your legs around. If your job permits it, walk around just a little bit. If you’re on the phone, stand up instead of sitting. Anything to just get up for a few minutes is greatly beneficial.

Once you’re done work, don’t just come home and crash on the couch. Go for a walk, it’s really healthy for you for all intensive purposes.

Exercising

Sitting all day is a big no-no. Our bodies are designed to be constantly moving. It’s good for our minds and it’s good for our bodies. Because our bodies are naturally made to exercise, it’s created an entire system that then gets our digestive tracts working and in turn, this leads to a healthy stomach.

Eating Habits

In terms of when to eat, it’s best to eat smaller meals throughout the day instead of doing the traditional big 3 meals where we stuff ourselves and feel bloated afterwards. Being bloated doesn’t feel good and that’s because our bodies are negatively reacting to it.

In addition, you should not be eating anything past 8pm as this doesn’t give your body enough time to digest the food and it ends up spoiling in your stomach. You are supposed to feel hungry in the morning.

Now comes the topic of eating healthy. You can’t be eating garbage and expecting your stomach to work good as new. That might have worked when you were a teenager but this is no longer the case once you get older. Make dinner at home, get food from the farmer’s market, eat fruits instead of chocolates, etc. It’s time to eat what you were meant to eat as a human because your body treats Oreo’s as poison. It’s not real food.

Supplementation

Supplementing with vitamins, minerals, and various other nutrients becomes very important in our lives because we are deficient in many areas. And even if we’re not, being at optimal levels is always beneficial.

For instance, did you know that cannabis has been proven to fight inflammation? This is relevant because many people with irritable bowel syndrome have an inflamed bowel and cannabis would be extremely beneficial for them. You can do so by smoking it or you can use just the oil through the use of a rosin press machine.

Next, did you know that magnesium can greatly help your bowel movements? It does so by relaxing the muscles and literally allowing the bowels to move through your intestines.

And lastly, upping your daily water intake can help line your intestines and soften the inner contents in order to ease the transition.

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Sometimes, constipation can happened the odd time and using an over the counter constipation reliever won’t do any harm. But how about if constipation is a regular occurrence? Is it still okay to use over the counter medicine frequently or is it best to go with vitamins instead? I’ll try to break it down in the simplest terms below.

Disclaimer: this is an opinion piece and you should speak to your doctor about actual medical advice. I am not a doctor.

First off, before even beginning any vitamins or over the counter constipation medications, it’s worth first trying to eat vegetables and fruits that are high in fiber, such as: spinach, kale, apples, etc. Prunes or prune juice is also a natural way to unclog the constipation. Another great source of fiber is from grains and nuts. Try this option first for a month, eating large amounts of fiber, and then come to a conclusion as to whether you need external assistance.

The best form of assistance comes with taking one magnesium pill twice per day. Magnesium has been shown in studies to relieve and to provide assistance with bowel movements because it is able to relax the muscles in the stomach, as well as providing many other health benefits in general.

After that, you can take fiber pills or Metamucil but do so with the confirmation of a doctor.

Lastly, if the pain is severe, it is then when you can look at over the counter options and speak to the pharmacist there, or speak with your doctor about possibly prescribing you something for the constipation.

It is important to lead a lifestyle that doesn’t allow for constipation. I will speak more about this in my next blog posts.

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