Do you have bowels movement every day? Some doctors tell us that it is good and we should have bowels movement every day. Unfortunately, this does not happened to me. My bowel movement is usually between two to three days, this get worst when I need to travel. It goes up to five days. I not sure if this is normal, but I certainly don’t feel good. Each day, I feel very bloated. But that was before the Mulberry & Huo Ma Ren Tea.
You see, constipation isn’t technically classified as a disease, but that won’t stop it from making your life miserable. A lot of people end up opting for laxatives to get rid of the blockage. Although this can be helpful in the short run, this short fix also comes with obvious side effects, and isn’t a fundamental solution to the problem. If you want to get to the bottom (no pun intended) of constipation, you’ll need to change your habits—especially when it comes to eating foods that encourage better and more frequent bowel movements.
As the saying goes: “Constipation isn’t a disease; but when you can’t go nothing’s a breeze”(“便秘不是病，解不出来真要命”). When it comes to treating constipation, Chinese medicine practitioners emphasize that it’s “three parts healing and seven parts living”(“三分治，七分养”); not only should you follow the doctor’s instructions for the most effective medication, but you also need to complement this with your own nutritional diet.
The problem with many people experiencing recurring constipation is because they focus on getting rid of the symptoms instead of taking care of the root problem. Aside from countering constipation with medication, plenty of people work on medicinal diets to improve their bowel movements. But a lot of the popular fad diets only promote misconceptions about the effect of food therapy.
Here are some of the myths or reliefs that you might heard of
1. Does eating bananas cure constipation?
No. Unfortunately, bananas contain a high level of tannic acids, which only lead to increased instances of constipation. Compared to other fruits (e.g. apples, oranges, pears, dragon fruit), it doesn’t even contain a particularly large amount of fibres.
2. Can drinking more yogurt cure constipation?
It can. Although the probiotics contained within yogurt can increase the activity levels of your gut flora, you’re going to need a lot more probiotics than just a few bottles of yogurt. If you are seriously thinking of having yogurt to relief constipation, direct consumption of probiotic supplements would give you better effect. But if your constipation isn’t too serious, drinking yogurt everyday can indeed help reduce constipation.
3. Does eating foods with more fibres encourage better bowel movements?
Yes. Fibres are not easily digested or absorbed by the body, so they end up comprising the “framework” of feces. At the same time, they directly stimulate the intestines to make for better bowel movements, and can play a central role in curing constipation.
Eating large amounts of fibrous foods without drinking plenty of water, however, might give you even worse constipation. Something worth remembering is that you should never wait until you’re thirsty to drink a great deal of water in one go. Instead you should remind yourself to drink incrementally throughout the day, never letting yourself become over- or under-hydrated.
Here is a more trial and tested way, that I personally recommended.
Mulberry & Huo Ma Ren Tea(火麻仁茶）
Hua Ma Ren aka Hemp Seeds are a versatile Chinese herb that can be used both medicinally and culinarily. It refers to the dried ripe fruits of Cannabis sativa L., a plant in the family Moraceae. Therefore, other names include Fructus Cannabis which many might think that it is actually the same as Marijuana. But it is not. (You can see it in the picture below)
These Hemp seeds found largely in China but you can also find it in iHerb.
- Acquire 10 grams of hemp seeds (Cannabis sativa seeds)
- 5 grams on each each of the following: yellow guavas, Chinese radish seeds, kudzu root, sicklepods, mulberry, pagoda buds, wood ears, and yu zhu (Solomon’s seal).
- Boil together and drink.
- For maximum effect we recommend that you drink the tea three times a day between meals.
Hemp seeds are sweet but balanced in nature, and have a regenerative effect on the spleen and stomach. In addition to that, they can boost your overall energy levels. Taking them over a long period of time slows aging and keeps you so healthy it’s almost magical. BecauseHemp seeds are foods as well as medicine, they moisturized your intestines and smooth out bowel movements without making you sluggish or lethargic. Other positive side effects after consistent consumption include nourishing your body’s fluid levels, reducing weakness of the limbs, invigorating your spleen, and replenishing your energy levels.
The other ingredients, such as radish seeds and sicklepods, are foods that specialize in regenerating and cleansing the body, speeding up metabolism and facilitating the expulsion of toxins.
This recipe is especially beneficial for more elderly folks who suffer from blood asthenia-related constipation, as well as those who suffer from chronic nervous inflammation, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It’s extremely effective in nourishing the heart and blood, which in turn improves overall health and can even extend your lifespan.
If you are looking for an easier option, just mixed Hemp seeds with honey. Hemp seeds together with honey have high nutritional value that lubricates the intestinal tract, allowing feces to move through smoothly. In addition, it also helps feces retain more water and remain softer, making bowel movements easier. If you’re interested in this recipe, mix in some warm water and honey withHemp seeds and drink twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. After a week, all symptoms of constipation should be significantly reduced.
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