For the majority people, our digestive systems are just one of the many facets of our bodies that seem to work and we give little other thought to. You wake up; you eat; you go about your day; you go to the bathroom; you eat some more; continue with your day; go to the bathroom again, and so on and so forth. And while there may be some variation to that schedule, for the most part, that is typically how it goes.
But what happens when it doesn’t go like that? Or better still, what happens when YOU can’t “go like that.”
Constipation is the word used to describe a condition where the bowel movements of an individual are difficult and/or happen less often than normal. Aside from potentially being a little psychologically discouraging, constipation can also cause discomfort, a swollen stomach, a painful stomach, as well as nausea and vomiting.
So what can you do about it?
Depending on the severity of your constipation will often dictate one’s reaction to it. If it is severe and painfully uncomfortable, a visit to the doctor may be in order. Laxatives are always a good bet, but if used too often, they can stop working and lead to other problems.
You can always add more fiber to your diet, but that usually takes a bit of time before the full effect of a dietary change is felt. So now what?
The answer is simple and is probably already in your kitchen – olive oil.
Olive oil is one of the best ingredients to treat constipation. It contains monounsaturated fat that helps in improving the bowel movement. It is rich in vitamins E and K, well known for its antioxidant properties that help in providing a soothing effect to the digestive tract. It stimulates the muscles to contract and thus eases the bowel movement.
So how do you use it? Simple; just take your pick of these 3 ways:
With yogurt: Yogurt is full of good bacteria that helps to strengthen the lining of your stomach. When you add a bit of olive (which contains monounsaturated fat), you will find that it will quickly help improve bowel movements.
With lemon: As most of you already know, lemons are acidic and thus, contain acid. When this is mixed with olive oil, which is full of antioxidants, it will help prevent the colon from drying up and help ease along bowel movements.
As is: Why mess with a good thing? If you find yourself frequently battling constipation problems, try taking a teaspoon of olive oil on an empty stomach in the morning and again at night before bed. Trust us – you will be thankful later.