Olive oil is an excellent natural laxative because it improves the health of the colon, helping digestion and forming a protective layer on the intestinal mucosa. To enjoy the benefits of this laxative, simply take a teaspoon when you wake up. Add lemon juice if you don’t like the taste or if it’s too strong.
Linseed contains 3 grams of fiber. Try this recipe, made especially to give an irresistible sprint to your lazy intestine. In the evening, before going to bed, put two tablespoons of linseed in a glass of natural water. In the morning, all you have to do is drink the water that contains the typical mucilage developed from these seeds. The secret of the effectiveness of this remedy lies in this gelatinous mass that surrounds the stool, softening it and stimulating its transit.
Dried plums contain sorbitol, one of the most used sugars in case of constipation. Eat three or four at night before bedtime, followed by a glass of water. If you don’t like the texture of the fruit, try drinking at least two glasses of plum juice a day. In a short time your intestines will be working again!
One apple a day
In a recent American study, 80 patients with constipation were given 24 grams of pectin per day for 4 weeks. The result? It is striking because there has been an increase in good bacteria in the intestine and a rapid resolution of constipation problems. Pectin is the soluble fiber contained in apples, an excellent natural laxative whose action is amplified by the presence of sorbitol. Just one per day, including cooked, to solve any problem of occasional constipation.
General rules for awakening an overly lazy intestine
Drink plenty of water
Water is essential to keep your body healthy. Drink at least 1.5/2 liters per day depending on your body weight, away from meals and at room temperature. This way you hydrate your faecal mass, making it easier to evacuate.
Choose your time
The ideal is to empty the intestine at regular intervals. Plan a time of day where you can do things calmly, without being disturbed. Morning is the most appropriate natural and physiological time. A little trick: as soon as you get up, drink a glass of lukewarm water with a little lemon juice and don’t have breakfast for half an hour. This habit will help your intestinal movements, allowing you to go to the bathroom at the same time.
Breathe…with your belly!
Learn to control your breathing. Breathe in by dropping the air down to your belly and exhale by doing the same backwards path. Amplify the effects of this breathing by learning to contract your abdominal muscles for a few seconds many times a day.
Take more fiber
The Mediterranean diet is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. Follow the famous food pyramid and enrich your daily diet with five portions of fruit and vegetables. This lifestyle will allow you not only to easily maintain your weight shape but the fibers ingested, helped by constant hydration, will soften and facilitate the intestinal transit.
Exercise is the number one enemy of a lazy intestine. Aerobic activity, in particular, helps your digestive system by promoting evacuation in a simple and natural way. Try Pilates, yoga or even Tai-Chi: your intestines will thank you!
Animal proteins, and in particular those derived from red meat, are acidifying, irritating and disturbing to the bacterial flora. It favours blue fish and limits dairy products, both fresh and seasoned.
Anger, unexpressed feelings and stress negatively affect our intestines. Try to practice regular sessions of breathing, mindfulness or oriental meditation to relax your body and to let go of the stress.
As you can see, however annoying and sometimes painful, lazy bowel syndrome can and should be treated by changing your lifestyle and occasionally using natural, safe and super-effective laxatives!