Stop constant snacking: Don't eat until the previous meal is digested. Do a quick check in with your belly before and after eating.
Stop eating non-food items: Packaged, processed foods that have an extremely long shelf life do not deserve to be on your plate.
Simplify your meals: The fewer ingredients, the easier it is to digest. Avoid bad food combinations.
Stop eating drying foods: One of the reasons you get constipated is because you are dehydrated. When your body is dehydrated, your colon is the first to suffer. A healthy colon has a very high percentage of moisture/liquid and in extreme situations like dehydration, your body takes liquid from colon to support other bodily organs.
Surprising drying foods. You might be eating way more drying foods than you realize:
- Fiber cereal and bars. Fiber is great but it needs liquid to move along, so don’t forget to drink plenty of pure water.
- Exercise: Being sedentary compounds constipation, while exercise increases the gut’s blood flow and improves gastrointestinal motility. Taking a short walk is often all it takes to convince your body it’s time to go. Certain yoga asanas are helpful in nudging sluggish systems into gear.
- Abdominal massage: Give your belly some love. We take care of our nails, pamper our face and fuss over our hair, but our internal organs rarely get as much attention. If you’ve ever been in a managing role, you know that one of the easiest ways to get productive cooperation is to provide rewards and be nice. Our belly appreciates warmth, love and attention, as well. Abhyanga or a general whole body massage improves regularity due to its calming effects on the nervous system. A nervous stomach and irritable bowels need some calm and peace. If a whole body oil massage is an unreachable luxury, try gently rubbing your belly with your palm. Lie on your back, bring your feet into a butterfly (soles of the feet together and knees out to the sides) and gently massage the stomach clockwise. Ayurvedic massage therapists or holistically trained digestive specialists can be of wonderful help.
- Breathe deeply. Take time time to breathe and check in with your stomach. If your knees allow it, sit in Virasana and do several rounds of deep abdominal breathing. I find it to be a panacea for my digestive troubles. It increases blood flow to the digestive system, while breathing calms your nervous system.