2 natural (and delicious) study-proven remedies for constipation

/2 natural (and delicious) study-proven remedies for constipation

2 natural (and delicious) study-proven remedies for constipation

freighttrainYou may not be aware of this, but in addition to being the founder of Hormonology and creator of the Hormone HoroscopeI’m also a full-time health journalist. You can see my articles every week in Woman’s World magazine, which is a weekly print publication you can find on any newsstand and at supermarkets in the U.S. and Canada.

While I love to write about hormones (obviously), I’m also passionate about study-proven natural remedies. In an article I’m writing today for Woman’s World, I’m exploring natural treatments that have been shown to work as well as prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications–and sometimes even better. (Look for that article in May.)

This got me to thinking about a great natural remedy to overcome constipation in the second half of your cycle when progesterone can trigger irregularity by slowing down movement in the digestive tract: Eat a slice of rye bread!

A 2010 study in the Journal of Nutrition found that rye bread works more effectively than laxatives and probiotics at relieving constipation thanks to a type of fiber that ferments in the intestine and triggers contractions that move contents along. What’s more, it does the job without cramping or other uncomfortable side effects.

Not a rye bread fan? A 2011 study from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine shows that Grandma’s tried-and-true constipation remedy–prunes (now known as “dried plums”)–was shown to work more effectively than psyillium-containing fiber additives (like Metamucil and Fiberall) at making you regular again thanks to their sorbitol, a sugar alcohol that has a mild laxative effect.

So, next time you feel blocked up due to progesterone or any other reason, you’ve got two effective (and delicious) natural remedies to try!

 

 

By | 2017-04-22T12:01:12+00:00 March 6th, 2014|health, hormonology tip, Week 3, Week 4|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman, founder of Hormonology® and a longtime women’s health journalist, pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and know more about all the ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior. This movement was launched in 2005 with Gabrielle’s groundbreaking book, 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential, and her creation of Hormonology®. She offers a variety of tools–including her popular free Hormone Horoscope® app, eBooks, infographics, videos and tips–to share vital information about hormones.

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