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When you’re constipated, it feels like everything grinds to a halt. It’s a common issue that can often lead people to seek urgent care, only to discover it’s due to “stuck stool.” Let’s clear up the confusion and look at five practical tips that can help you improve your constipation.

Tip #1: Improve Your Hydration

Aim to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of fluid daily. Hydration is essential because your intestinal tract pulls water into the stool. Without adequate water intake, your digestive process suffers. For more tips on hydration, refer to our previous video.

Tip #2: Get More Fiber

Fiber can sometimes scare people because it bulks up the stool. However, fiber helps with motility and keeps your gut bacteria healthy. It’s crucial to have enough fiber for proper gut function. Remember, fiber helps create the gelatinous consistency that makes stools easier to pass.

Tip #3: Vagal Toning

The vagus nerve is crucial for motility. Issues like stress, injury, and past trauma can distort the vagus nerve’s communication, leading to slower bowel movements. Toning exercises or working with a trauma therapist can improve your vagus nerve’s functioning.

Tip #4: Move Your Body

Movement encourages your digestive system to work optimally. Start with simple steps, like standing up more or parking farther from entrances, and gradually increase your activity level. Your goal is to be realistic but persistent.

Tip #5: Get Optimal Sleep

Optimal sleep isn’t just about the hours you get, but also the quality. Proper sleep is crucial for effective detoxification, and without it, your body can reabsorb old toxins. This hinders your progress in maintaining healthy bowel movements.

Bonus Advice
If you’ve tried these tips and still struggle, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Remember that you’re worthy of finding the right team to support you.

By taking steps toward hydration, fiber intake, vagal toning, exercise, and good sleep, you can start alleviating constipation and improve your well-being. You’re not alone in this journey!

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