trafficThere’s this yogurt on the market that promises to zap occasional constipation when you consume it three times per day for two weeks straight. (Yikes, that’s a lot of yogurt!)

Whenever I see commercials for it, I have to laugh to myself. Because I immediately think of Week 3 and Week 4 of a woman’s cycle and how elevated levels of progesterone during these two weeks can cause constipation.

And how after two weeks, when progesterone hits rock-bottom and estrogen rises, we naturally tend to get regular once again.

Which just happens to be the exact amount of time it takes for this special yogurt to kick in. Coincidence?

Thing is, in most cases, you don’t need to down 42 containers of a special yogurt and wait two whole weeks for constipation to finally go away.

I recently wrote about 5 natural, study-proven ways to get regular when progesterone-fueled constipation strikes.

And, today I read about another easy technique to help get things moving down below: Drink a warm beverage, such as coffee or tea–and it can be caffeinated or decaf.

That’s the word from gastroenterologist Felice Schnoll-Sussman, M.D., who was interviewed in Runner’s World magazine and explains how it works:

“The warm liquid acts as a vasodilator,” she says. “It widens blood vessels in the digestive system and helps increase blood flow and GI activity.”

The result? Your sluggish digestive tract moves contents along at a swifter pace.

Best of all: She says you can expect results fairly quickly–shortly after drinking your beverage. Which is far better than waiting two whole weeks while drowning yourself in yogurt.

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[Photo: Michael Loke]