I know it’s not a popular topic but it’s one we need to be talking about!
If you’re not achieving an easy, daily, bowel movement it could be the underlying cause of stubborn weight, unbalanced hormones, gut disturbances like gas & bloating, and a compromised immune system.
Yes, it’s that important.
Eliminating is how our body gets rid of substances it no longer requires.
Our lungs, liver, skin, and kidneys, produce waste that needs to be excreted from the body pronto.
This is especially true of our gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
When you eat, your food is mulched up in the stomach and then slowly squirted into your very long GI tract.
While nutrients are being absorbed in the small intestine, your liver is also releasing substances it no longer requires or toxins that don’t belong in your body (hello processed foods!).
All of this ‘mush’ is moved along your GI tract with the help of special muscles, water that you drink, AND fiber from the foods you eat.
Problems arise when the process is slowed down.
When fecal matter sits around for too long in the last part of your intestine the discarded matter and toxins can get reabsorbed.
Including unwanted estrogen being reabsorbed…leading to hormonal disturbances.
Resulting in an overloaded liver and an under-functioning immune system.
Constipation is the number one cause of pelvic pain, gas, and bloating!
While a lack of fluid and/or exercise, or in rare cases dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles, can contribute to constipation, in my experience it’s usually a lack of fiber.
So just like the mayhem that results when your toilet gets blocked, it’s a health disaster when your GI tract is clogged.
Constipation can be the root issue of stubborn weight, hormonal imbalances, immune system issues, and all that pain, bloating and gas, you’re experiencing.
So the answer is simple…eat more fiber (slowly introduced into your diet and I highly recommend working with a qualified health professional because sometimes adding more fiber can make the problem worse initially).
Where do we find said fiber?
Firstly, there is no fiber in meat, dairy, eggs, oils, or processed foods.
Fiber is only found in ALL plants, not just vegetables.
🤍 Whole grains
🤍 Legumes (beans & lentils)
Some fiber is found in avocados, nuts & seeds but they are mainly healthy fat.
My recommendation is to start slow and could include:
✅ Oats for breakfast
✅ Adding lentils to your spag bog
✅ Beans to casseroles
✅ Hommus for a snack
✅ Double your veges and half your meat at evening meal
So if you’re struggling with stubborn weight and you’re constipated I highly recommend you get some help to eat more gut-loving fiber.
I believe that eating a primarily plant-based diet helps women to release unwanted weight, regulate their hormones, and get their energy back.
If this is you, then I’d be happy to jump on a complimentary call, and give you some practical action steps to get ‘things’ moving!
Here’s the link to book a chat with me.