You know the feeling. You’re tired, irritable, and your belly is so bloated, it looks like you've gained 10 pounds overnight. Read More
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Is there a way to tell whether your chronic constipation is related to something more serious like Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS)? Read More
There are several great ways to stay regular during pregnancy, though I recommend herbs last. Eat a plant-based diet to ensure optimal nutrition, including five or more servings a day of fruits in season, vegetables (raw salads and cooked vegetables), and one to two servings of whole grains that suit you.
Supplement with plant proteins such as cooked garbanzos tossed on summer salads, split pea soup when weather turns cooler, and every lentil or bean you like (be sure to cook with aromatic herbs and spices to make them more easily digested).
All that fiber and adequate hydration will keep you regular and feeling satisfied as your appetite naturally goes up during pregnancy. Whether you include animal protein is up to you, so I'll just note that excess cheese or red meat can contribute to constipation. Too much bread or the refined sugar-and-flour sweets some women seem to crave can lead to a sense of bloating, indigestion, or constipation as well.
Plain water and soothing herb teas such as raspberry leaf, nettle leaf, lemon balm, ginger root, dandelion leaf and/or root, rooibos, fennel seed, and lemon verbena are just a few of the teas that pregnant women have been enjoying hot or cold for centuries, along with plain water. I like mine with a dash of fresh lemon juice added. We also offer a Pregnancy Tonic Herbal Tea Blend for this specific purpose.
In addition, maintaining regular digestive function depends on movement. I would also recommend some light form of exercise, even if just walking. Tailor your activity to take into account some natural spells of fatigue as your pregnancy progresses. Many studies show exercise and fitness reduces complications at the time of birth, for mother and baby. The general guideline is to try a teaspoon of dried leaves in a cup of water just off the boil, covered, to steep 5-15 minutes. Strain the tea leaves and enjoy a single herb or a mix and match according to your palate. If it tastes too strong, you can always dilute with plain water until it tastes good to you.
If chronic constipation has become a way of life, it’s time for you to take action. Along with the discomfort, bloating and irritability that go with it, chronic constipation can lead to a host of other problems. Hemorrhoids, fecal intolerance and even colon cancer have been associated with the condition. Read More
Research is clear – drinking more water can be the simplest fix to a range of digestive issues including indigestion, constipation and more. Read More
Herbal therapy is an excellent alternative for the variety of symptoms that IBS presents, such as the discomfort of alternating constipation and diarrhea, etc (though note that herbal therapy is not meant to treat cure or prevent any disease). Our best selling Colon Cleanse Kit would be an excellent start in re-establishing normalcy to bowel function. As a follow up to the Colon Cleanse at a later time, I would suggest a digestive health maintenance protocol that includes herbal bitters as found in our Internal Cleansing Kit. Herbal bitters have had a rich history of safety and efficacy going back centuries in providing tonic maintenance for G.I. motility and help to restore ongoing healthy function of the gut.
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