How To Ensure You Maintain A Healthy Bowel

13 July 2017

The bowel is located at the end of the digestive track; the digestive track’s purpose in life is to absorb food and to get rid of any waste products. The bowel is in effect a storage system, holding waste products until they are removed from the body by a bowel movement.

Many people will know of friends or family or have heard stories of individuals who had bowel problems. The sense of shame and embarrassment that these challenges can cause makes many people paranoid about their future and always searching for ways to maintain a healthy bowel. The aim of this article is to guide readers in proper bowel maintenance so bookmark it today so that you refer to it whenever you have concerns or issues.

Use Your Brain To Get Into The Habit

The first tactic may surprise many people because there is little scientific evidence to prove that the brain has any healing powers whatsoever. However, that would be missing the point entirely. Having a positive mental attitude can make a lot of difference both to someone’s outlook and their overall lifestyle.

Many people get into the habit of worrying, asking themselves questions such as what if? or what would happen if? None of these questions are positive influences in your life, and they are only wasting energy, effort and causing unnecessary stress. The questions you should be asking begin with the word “How.” This applies to many things in life but for now, let’s stick to bowels.

Rather than ask the negative questions above, keep asking yourself questions such as “How can I do everything in my power to maintain a healthy bowel? Another could be “How can I improve my chances of living a long and healthy life?

Obviously, there is no guarantee with anything, but the point is once you have a game plan, you can put it into action and drive your life forward. Rather than being a passenger in your life, like so many people, you can take control and be in charge. This strategy can be used in every facet of your life, so give it a try; you might well be surprised by the results.

Do You Know What You Are Eating?

For all of humankind’s progress, in many ways, we have become a victim of our success. In the first world, many of us eat processed foods, on a daily basis, and to excess. Because of the sheer volume of food we are consuming, matched with the lack of exercise that many people undertake, our bodies just cannot cope with the volume or some of the food types. It is a little like putting diesel in a petrol car; the vehicle will end up feeling sluggish and could well break down.

Fibre Rich Foods

Every time you place any food in your mouth, you are making a choice, but in most people’s cases, this is an uneducated choice. They simply don’t complete any research, and they place a lot of rubbish into their bodies. Rather than follow this example, be deliberate in your food choices, and ensure that you are only putting healthy things into your body.

This may mean making sure that your food is free from harmful chemicals and additives. Learn which additives are harmful and then look for them on the ingredients of any food type you are purchasing.

Try to make purchasing choices based on your new-found knowledge and expertise, switching manufacturers if necessary to ensure you are buying the best produce.

Healthy Food Choices For Your Bowel

Most people don’t eat enough fibre or roughage, a diet which is fibre rich can help prevent constipation and other bowel disorders. The recommended daily intake is 30g of fibre per day and in order to maintain a healthy bowel the fibre should be delivered from a variety of sources including, Wholemeal Bread, Brown Rice, Fruit and Vegetables (Prunes and Kiwi Fruit in particular), Beans, Oats and Flaxseed

Drink 2-3 Litres of Water Per Day.

Water brings many benefits to the body, but in particular, it is excellent for keeping the digestive tract functioning properly. A large percentage of people are dehydrated regularly without even being aware of the situation, and this can also be a primary factor in causing constipation.

For those people with a smartphone, it is now possible to download an app, which reminds you to drink water throughout the day.

Exercise Regularly

There are many benefits to establishing a regular exercise routine, from a pure fitness point of view. But exercise is also known to help stimulate the bowel, so get into the habit of exercising on a regular basis, even if it is just a brisk walk on a daily basis.

Don’t go overboard, you are not training for the Olympics after all, but simply trying to establish positive, healthy habits within your lifestyle, that hopefully will ensure you and your family reap the rewards.

Posture

Adopt The Right Posture When Using Your Bowels

Anyone who has ever had small children may remember situations with their child was constipated, and you tried to render assistance, by holding their knees high so they are above the hips.

This position tends to help the bowel empty more quickly, and yet when we encounter similar problems as adults, we forget all about this technique. When sitting on the toilet, try to ensure that your knees are higher than your hips.

Once this technique is mastered, you might find that the strain and stress of passing stools, becomes a lot easier.

None of these suggestions are huge in their own right, but when combined many people will experience significant improvement in their bowel movements. It may sound repetitive, but the power of habit cannot be underestimated.

By following these recommendations consistently over the next thirty days, they will soon become automatic, and you will end up doing them as second nature. Bowel problems can and will happen, but by taking proactive action, you may well minimise the chances of it happening to you.

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