Constipation & Diarrhea

Fun topics, right? Well an essential part of healthy living is getting rid of waste – and our bowels help us do that.

Constipation is a common complaint, especially with a modern diet of low fiber foods. Increasing fiber through eating more vegetables and adding in ground flax seed or chia seeds is the best and safest way to combat constipation. Smooth Move tea can provide relief but it’s only for occasional use. Constipation can be a symptom of hypothyroidism so if it’s a persistent problem get your thyroid checked.

Diarrhea is hopefully a rare incidence. Common causes include food poisoning and viral illnesses. When treating occasional diarrhea it’s very important to stay hydrated. Water will do the job of keeping you hydrated and you can add in occasional electrolyte-rich drinks (Gatorade has a lot of sugar, stick to products like PediSure, or add a little honey and salt in your water). Chronic diarrhea is a symptom of hyperthyroidism, gallbladder dysfunction, Irritable Bowel Disease, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. If diarrhea happens regularly, it’s time to consult a doctor.