Easy Teas for Smooth Movement

Everybody poops. But not everybody poops every day, or even every other day. If this applies to you, you may be familiar with some of the accompanying symptoms of irregular bowel movements: gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort or downright pain, a sensation of incomplete voiding, or dry and hard stools that can be difficult to pass.
Luckily, there are some very quick and easy solutions you can try at home. You have easy access to the simplest herbs for lubricating your intestines; in fact, your most likely have at least one in your kitchen right now: nuts and honey.

honeyFirst thing in the morning, have a mug of hot water with about a tablespoon of honey. You can also add lemon to the water for flavor. Wait 10-15 minutes before eating breakfast so your stomach has some time to absorb the honey.

Mixed nutsNuts can be eaten at any point throughout the day. About a handful of any type of nuts will do: walnuts, pecans, almonds, or seeds like hempseeds and flaxseeds. All of these are great in hot cereals like oatmeal. Make sure to add them after cooking, as raw nuts contain more nutrients. Sweeten with a touch of honey and you’ve got an easy recipe for smoother bowel movements. It’s fine to eat nuts alone or in combination with other foods, though simpler is better. Both of these easy remedies have great side benefits: honey is anti-microbial, making it great for cold and flu season. It is also soothing to the throat and a healthy way to satisfy a little sweet tooth. Nuts are full of protein, healthy fats, and micronutrients (Vitamin E, B Vitamins, niacin and calcium, to name a few).
Also make sure you’re getting enough water. It’s winter in Seattle and we all love to hit the coffee. Remember that coffee doesn’t count as a hydrating substance. For every cup of coffee, you should drink 6-8 oz of water. In general, drink to thirst. This includes any clear liquid—water, herbal teas, diluted fruit juice.

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