Motherly Advice I Dreaded (But Needed)
“Don’t laugh, she would lecture in her motherly tone, inflecting on the last word, right before she'd go through her checklist of follow-up questions:
When are you gonna stop going to night school? You already have your teaching degree, and all that stress is making it worse on your bowels, you know.
When was the last time you went?
Was it hard or soft?
Did you try that tea I sent you?
"Mom, I'm a grown woman! I think I've got this," I'd snap in frustration.
I tried to dodge her weekly interrogation. It would usually end with promising that I’d run to the supermarket to get her recommended list of foods and herbs to keep me regular. I know what you're thinking, "But you were a grown woman?"
Trust me, she'd have her own boxed supply kit delivered to me via UPS the following day if I didn't promise. I don't want to say that all moms are like this, but mine had a knack for wanting to know all about my business.
Strangely enough, she was r-r-r-right... *blush*
The longer I went without...well, you know... the more my energy levels dipped. The Fibro Doctor I was seeing told me that my inflammation levels were off the chart based on a blood test that indicated infection in the body. That led to more inflammation especially on my feet. This wasn’t my imagination; every step I took felt like I was stepping on broken shards of glass. It was almost as if my body was poisoning itself from inside and inflating all my digestive organs with an electric air pump. I looked bloated and swollen, and I was irritable and uncomfortable during that three-to-four-day window I didn’t go, because waste matter in the colon, if not expelled, eventually compacts. Seriously, I don’t wish this on my worst enemy. This creates harder stools called Fecaliths³ that can lodge in the colon, with some needing surgery to remove them. Over-the-counter laxatives gave me terrible gastrointestinal pain and fiber powdered supplements were not only pricey, but they contained gluten, and gluten made my brain fog worse. Although I’m not going to expand on the causes of constipation on this post, here are a few possible reasons most people struggle with it:
How to Avoid Constipation
Magnesium- I tried several on the market, but the one that worked for me the best was magnesium glycinate for regularity as magnesium citrate will have more of a laxative effect. Magnesium gave me other added benefits as well, and for the sake of not turning this into an extremely long blog post, you can go here to read more⁹ about this wonderful mineral that most Americans lack.
Self-Awareness and Constipation Prevention