The average woman gets only 12 – 15 grams of fibre per day – far less than the recommended 25 grams required for good health and smooth digestion.
What Causes Constipation?
There are several causes of constipation: pills such as painkillers, allergy medications, or antidepressants; reactions to certain foods such as bananas or chocolate; taking too much iron or calcium; eating too much dairy or red meat; or serious health conditions such as diabetes, MS, Parkinsons, IBS or Crohn’s Disease. If you repeatedly ignore the urge to go to the bathroom, you can also cause longer-term constipation.
How does High Fibre Laxative Work?
The main ingredient in our supplement, glucomannan, is an all-natural insoluable fibre made from konjac root.
- Soluable fibre is the kind of fibre that fills you up and allows your body to absorb the nutrients in food. Think apples, oats, and beans.
- Insoluable fibre ‘bulks’ up your stool, which helps it to pass through your body more easily. Think wheat bran, nuts, and most vegetables.
High Fibre Laxative is a bulk-forming laxative that is specially formulated to provide gentle relief of constipation and irregularity. You can think of it as a thickening agent of sorts, and in fact, it has been used as such for years in traditional Japanese cooking.
As the supplement passes through your system, it absorbs all the water around it (this is why it is especially critical to take this product with a large glass of water), increasing in size and whisking away everything in its path. In Japan, konjac is referred to as the ‘broom of the intenstines’.
And when we add key ingredients to this supplement, we increase its ability to provide relief from constipation:
Psyllium: the husks of this plant also work to add bulk to your bowel movements. As long as you keep the dose in check, it can be a great help in minimizing constipation. Too much, however, can cause bloating and gas.
Inulin: this is a soluable fibre that is a prebiotic, meaning that can help promote good bacteria in your gut. It also helps to create roughage in your system and helps to maintain a healthy digestive system.
Other Ways to Find Relief
Occasional constipation can be helped by adding more liquids to your diet, getting more exercise and by increasing the amount of fibre you get in your daily meals.
You’ve heard this a hundred times, but if you’re constipated you’ll be motivated to listen – and act. Drink at least 8 glasses of water or herbal tea per day.
Exercise is another thing you hear about all the time for helping with your weight and general health – but did you know it could help to ease constipation? Great exercises to try are yoga and aerobic exercise to increase your breathing and heart rate. Stimulating your core muscles can help make your bowel movements easier.
Getting enough fibre through food alone can be a challenge to busy women. Choose these high-fibre foods to maximize your results:
- Black Beans: 1 cup has 15 grams of fibre. Add a cup to your salad at lunch, mix them in with your spaghetti sauce, or serve them spiced as a side dish to your morning Western Omelette.
- Quinoa: the seed on everyone’s hot-list has 5.2 grams in a one-cup serving. And it’s a great source of protein, too! Quinoa and black bean salad, anyone?
- Flax: if you’re eating yogurt for breakfast or perhaps making a smoothie, this is an easy addition that you won’t even taste. Each tablespoon of these seeds provide 1.9 grams of fibre.
- Chia: this the superstar of fibourous foods. Each ounce of chia seeds have 10.6 grams of fibre and they are also bulk-forming. Stir them in your yogurt and let them sit for 10 minutes to absorb moisture before you eat it.
- Raspberries: this easy-to-eat berry contains 8 grams of fibre per cup. Add them to your yogurt, smoothie, or to the end of a meal as a delicious and naturally sweet dessert.
If these foods aren’t on your usual daily list, add them in gradually to promote better digestion. Meanwhile, adding a High Fibre Laxative can help promote gentle relief from constipation and keep you regular, without gas or bloating.