What To Do When You Can’t Poop!
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
I’m a girl and I poop. We all do. And it’s a fantastic thing, really.
Yet people still react like snickering, bashful children when you breach the topic. Bathroom behavior is treated like a private, secretive topic… yet so many people suffer in silence when they have problems doing the deed.
I actually really like to poop. I never thought I would take pooping for granted… until I had YEARS and years of digestive issues that caused me to have long bouts of constipation and other digestive issues (bloat, gas, indigestion, nausea).
I still do to this day, depending on what I am eating and how I am feeling. I’ve had conversations with many of my friends and they have expressed similar issues and troubles when it comes to going “number two.”
So what gives?
There are many things that can cause constipation, such as:
- Eating a lot of dairy, gluten, sugar (or other allergens)
- Lack of activity
- Medications (antidepressants, painkillers, narcotics, iron pills)
Going “number two” is a necessary activity in order to have good health and feel great!
Here are some tips for what you can do to have a healthy POOP:
1. Drink water – It will keep you well hydrated. Warm fluids in the morning can be extra beneficial to lubricating your digestive system (tea, coffee, water with lemon).
2. Eat a good diet – This goes without saying, but if you want to be healthy, it is necessary to consume healthy and natural foods, such as vegetables and fruits.
3. Find your triggers – If necessary, keep a food journal and track what you eat and when you pass your bowels. Pay attention to how food makes your feel. If your stomach is bloated and rumbling after you eat something, chances are that that food is very difficult for your body to digest (and, in turn, difficult for your body to eliminate via the bowels).
4. Avoid processed foods – They wreak havoc on your digestive track and the abundance of chemicals are extremely difficult for your body to process.
5. Frequent exercise – Exercise will kick-start your system and get things moving. A brisk walk after meals can help in digestion!
6. Chew your food thoroughly – Don’t rush through your meals. Take time to chew because digestion starts in the mouth! Plus, it will help avoid you overeating, which causes an overload of work on your digestive system.
If things still aren’t moving in the right direction, you can do an internal flush to push out the gunk. A simple, easy and cheap at home remedy is to do a salt water flush. I’ve personally used this techniques many times. And while it may not be the most comfortable or glamorous thing to do, it is extremely effective and I always feel great after!
Here is how to do the flush:
1. Do it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Mix 2 tablespoons of unrefined sea salt (I prefer pink Himalayan sea salt) with 32 oz of warm water.
2. Shake or stir the water until the salt is dissolved and then drink it all (it may be a bit difficult. I find that pinching my nose helps!).
3. Stay near a bathroom for a period of at least 2 hours.
4. You may feel some cramping and discomfort as the salt water works through your intestines and colon.
5. First your bowel movement may be hard, but then towards the end of the flush, it will only be water coming out. Place your feet on a small stool to help the colon ease the passing of your bowels.
Note: Many articles on the internet say to use 2 teaspoons of salt for the flush. I’ve found that this doesn’t work for me and that 2 tablespoons is far more effective in flushing everything out.
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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