Can't Crap? 3 At-Home Techniques To Get Things Moving
Do you feel like your digestive process has slowed to a complete halt, but don't know what's thrown you off? Whatever the cause, you're left feeling backed up and totally uncomfortable.
Constipation can be an all-too-common reaction to diet, mental health, or environmental changes. If your ailment isn’t a chronic condition, here are three health-stimulating, cheap, noninvasive ideas you can use tonight to get things moving again. Use them in combination or as a single tool. Most importantly, drink water throughout this entire evening of elimination, easing up only when you’re eating dinner.
1. Make a castor oil pack.
Castor oil has a powerful, soothing and rejuvenating effect on organs related to waste removal.
Basic Castor Oil Instructions:
Soak a sock-size piece of cloth in high-quality, cold-pressed castor oil. Wring off any extra to avoid a mess.
Lie down in a relaxing atmosphere, placing the oily cloth directly over your liver (on your right side, stretching horizontally just below your ribcage).
Place a heating element, like a hot water bottle or heating pad, on top of your belly. This keeps your vital organs supple and warms the oil, easing its penetration.
Relax and let your body rest. Enjoy the comforting sensation warmth brings. After 20-30 minutes, remove the heat and castor oil pack.
2. Give yourself an abdominal massage.
Directly after you’ve removed the oil-soaked cloth, you now have a perfectly prepped belly for a peristalsis-stimulating massage. Begin with slow strokes, moving up from your right hipbone toward your sternum, and down from your ribs towards your left hip. This stroke should make a U-shape coming up and over your belly button. Repeat continuously with a pressure that's comfortable. Always move in a clockwise direction. Breathe deeply.
3. Eat warm, nourishing, fiber-rich, probiotic foods.
After you complete the massage, slowly get up and move to the kitchen. By now you're most likely hungry and ready for dinner. But don’t just dig right in! Prepare the food yourself, slowly, smelling every flavor as it's added. This will help stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes.
Choose recipes that are both comforting and easy to eat slowly, like fiber-rich soups or mashed root vegetables. Take time to make an appetizer, main course and dessert. Nutrient-dense foods eaten in small portions will help you meet fiber needs while still leaving you feeling satiated. Pack your dessert with fiber too: chia seeds, raw cacao powder, coconut oil, dates, nuts, and others from a yummy list that can go on and on.
Remember, constipation may also stem from your mind. If you've been holding onto, dwelling or binding yourself to the same worry repeatedly, your body can mimic what your brain is facing. If you aren’t letting something go, your large intestine might not be ready to either.
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