How to Combat Constipation

flax seedI’ve heard from quite a few fellow 17 Day Dieters that they suffer from constipation when first starting the 17 Day Diet.  It’s very important that when you start any diet, to make sure you drink plenty of water.  Here’s some advice that I read online that I wanted to share with you…

A case of constipation usually means that you’ve had one or fewer bowel-movements in a typical day. This might happen because you’ve just changed your diet from bad food to good food. Your body has to adjust to the different food, so you have to give your body time to get used to it.

Another common cause for constipation is dehydration. If you don’t take in the proper amount of water every day, you will have trouble with your colon being unable to push waste out.

What is so bad about being constipated is all that awful stuff that your body naturally gets rid of stays in side you. This causes discomfort, fatigue, and even weight retention. This condition is like a buildup of poison inside of you: it can cause problems if you let it go too long. So what can you do when you’re constipated to correct the situation? I have some natural and healthy suggestions for this.

1 Drink more water. You should be taking in about half your body’s weight in fluid ounces of water. This means that if you weigh 230 lbs, you should be drinking 115 ounces of water daily.
2 Use flaxseed as an additive to your meals. You can mix a tablespoon of it into your food to give you more fiber ( to help get you moving) and Omega 3s as well.
3 Raw food is important. This means you should eat one piece of fresh fruit or raw veggies. Your system will benefit from the natural ingredients in raw foods that are usually lost when they are cooked.
3 Begin your day with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix it in water and add some Cayenne. This mixture will stimulate your system and help clear out your colon.

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  1. Mary Smith says

    thanks for the great information.. . i was just wondering if green tea causes constipation?
    i was drinking it and stopped because i was told that green tea may be what caused constipation.
    i appreciate any info you can give me.
    BTW, I love your blog. it has helped me to keep on track.
    thanks so much!

    • says

      Mary- I haven’t heard this, but I do know some people don’t like how green tea makes them feel. I don’t think drinking green tea is necessary to lose weight, so you should adjust your diet to your personal preferences. Good luck!

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