Stretches that help constipation: Tip of the Day 7-25-22
Constipation isn’t something many people want to talk about. But just because it’s not talked about, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Plenty of people, especially women, are suffering in silence - according to health experts. Researchers say constipation is the underlying cause for several ailments ranging from fatigue to weight gain, acne breakouts, thinning hair, and more.
If you’re dealing with severe constipation, see your doctor or gastrointestinal specialist. Diet, exercise, and possibly medicine may be needed to get you going. Experts say certain yoga stretches are also good for helping to get things moving.
Experts say these poses require you to squeeze or contract your stomach, which in turn, exerts pressure on your intestine. Hello movement. 👋🏽
To do a forwarding bending pose, stand straight with your feet together. Keeping your core tight, lift both your arms over your head and with an inhalation bend down. Exhale and try to touch your feet if possible.
If you can’t touch your feet, it’s okay. Go as far as you can and your body will receive the same benefits. It’s important to breathe while holding poses. Hold this pose for 10 seconds. Repeat this pose 7 - 10 times daily.
To do a squat hold, go from a standing position into a full squat with your spine straight. Hold for 10 deep breaths. Repeat 7-10 times daily.
Doing child’s pose requires you to kneel on the floor with knees apart, big toes touching. Slowly bend forward until your palms touch the ground. Hold for 10 deep breaths. Repeat 7-10 times daily.
Allow yourself to feel the pressure of gently stretching. Know the difference between hurting yourself and pushing past your comfort to give yourself a challenge. Don’t hurt yourself, but do challenge yourself. And breathe!!
It’s okay to choose one pose, and add more as your body is able to do more. Something is definitely better than nothing.