Digestive Distress? Natural Remedies
Did you know that your hormones and your digestion are closely linked? Many women experience constipation the week before their periods. Although constipation has many causes – including lack of exercise, lack of fiber, and too much junk food – changes in hormone levels as your period approaches can dehydrate your bowels and slow peristalsis.If your hormone levels are significantly out of balance, constipationcan become chronic or severe.
Irregular digestion and frequent constipation can also trigger or increase a hormonal imbalance. If your body cannot properly absorb vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, it cannot keep your endocrine system nourished and in balance. Without efficient elimination of waste, unhealthy bacteria in your intestinal tract can interfere with estrogen levels. The result can be unpleasant menstrual symptoms such as cramping, mood swings, bloating, or even impaired ovulation.
To ease constipation and heal your bowels, try the following remedies the week before your period or throughout your cycle:
* Drink 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning to trigger peristalsis.
* Add a splash of aloe vera juice to your water, juice, or smoothie to clean and heal your digestive tract.
* Eat an apple a day. (Your mom was right!)
* Take a low-sugar, natural fiber supplement to add bulk, absorb unhealthy fats, and sweep your colon clean. (Try Renew Life or Garden of Life brands.)
* Drink teas that promote digestion, such ginger, peppermint, and chamomile.
* Stroll in the park or on the treadmill. Walking moves muscles in your thighs and abdomen that massage your colon and get digestion moving.
* Increase circulation and energy in your bowels by placing a hot water bottle over your abdomen each evening for 20 minutes. This will increase the likelihood of a regular bowel movement the following morning.
LSW is committed to helping you understand the amazing natural healing options that are available to you, so that you can make knowledgeable, powerful choices about how to care for your body and your menstrual and sexual health.