We all know how important obtaining regularity can be for our health. Here are some tips on how to get yourself in a normal bowel routine!
DRINK SUFFICIENT WATER DAILY:
Use high quality, filtered water. To calculate the right amount of water for yourself, take your body weight and divide by 2. The resultant number, in ounces, is the correct amount of water daily for you. Ex. If you weigh 150 lbs., you need 75 oz. of water daily. 75 oz./ 8oz = ~ 9.5 standard-8 oz. glasses of water per day.
Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating agents. For example, for each 8 oz. cup/glass of caffeinated beverage or alcoholic beverage which you drink, you need an extra glass of water above and beyond your normal daily quota to make up for the effect. The easiest way to get in the habit of drinking sufficient water is to fill 2-3 one-qt. bottles with water in the morning. Put them at the office, in the car, etc., so they’re always at your elbow. At the end of the day, make certain you’ve finished them. It takes 21 days to make a habit; so take heart, after a mere 21 days, drinking sufficient water will be automatic!
TAKE ULTRAFLORA DAILY:
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EAT WHOLE GRAIN PRODUCTS:
Especially organic sprouted whole grain breads like those made by “Alvarado Street Bakery”-found at most supermarkets. Many other whole grains are available besides whole wheat, i.e. corn, millet, brown rice, amaranth, oats, rye, quinoa, barley, etc.
EAT WHOLE VEGETABLES & WHOLE FRUITS:
Avoid processed products and juices because they have no fiber and fewer nutrients.
ADD THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ONE AT A TIMES, TRYING EACH DAILY FOR 2 WEEKS BEFORE ADDING THE NEXT ITEM.
FLAX SEEDS: Take 1-2 teaspoons a day WHOLE flax seeds. Make flax seed “tea”: Boil 1 cup water. Add 1-2 teaspoons flax seed & allow to steep 5 minutes. Eat with a spoon like soup. Sprinkle 2-4 teaspoons a day ground flax seeds on cold cereal, yogurt, fruit, etc. The seeds must be kept refrigerated until use. DO NOT COOK ground seeds.
PSYLLIUM HUSKS: Easiest to take in capsule form. Get 500 mg capsules. Start with 1 capsule per day. May increase to a maximum of 1 capsule per meal.
OLIVE OIL: Use cold processed only (must be refrigerated until use). Use on salads or dip bread in oil (instead of using butter). Use 1-2 Tablespoons per day.
FRESH OR DRIED FIGS: 3 per day.
STEWED PRUNES: 3 per day.