- Listen to Your Body
Don’t ignore the urge to go. Peristalsis of the bowel — the movements that trigger a bowel movement — come and go. If you ignore this urge, you may lose the opportunity. Remember: The longer stool stays in the bowel, the harder it gets as more water is reabsorbed into the body, producing dry, hard stools. This will make it more difficult to expel your stool. The urge to defecate also increases after mealtime, so take advantage of your body’s signals.
- Slow Down and Relax
Because stress can interfere with relaxation of the whole body, including the bowels, it’s important to use some type of relaxation technique daily. Satish Rao, MD, PhD, FRCP, professor of medicine and director of neurogastroenterology and GI motility at the University of Iowa, finds that many patients cannot push properly because they are too rushed and stressed. “They have too little time to take care of their bodies,” says Rao.
- Increase Fluids
Drink plenty of liquids. It’s recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of liquid (preferably water) each day. Drink more on hot days and when you are exercising.
- Get Regular
Right off the bat, get into a routine. Visit the bathroom at the same time each morning. Make this your morning “habit,” as colonic motor activity is highest at this time.
- Take Notice
Many people quickly flush without examining the condition of their stool. If you are continually observant, as you make changes to your diet or use a natural supplement like H2GO, you will notice more well-formed and healthy stools!*
- TAKE H2Go Daily
Laxatives can help relieve occasional constipation, but they must be taken carefully and for short periods of time. Nothing works better than H2Go! And it’s safe for long-term use!