CAROL’S CORNER

 

Welcome back to the Corner. It was the nicest day we have had in many moons. The bad part is the snow melting is gonna be a disaster. I've been a busy bee. Stayed up all night. Did my blog, went home, did a three mile workout, cleaned and decorated, took a three hour nap on the couch, cleaned and decorated some more, went to the movies, went home to make the bed after washing the bedding, and now back at Denny's working on the blog. I just have to finish decorating upstairs. Can't believe I'm still going.

Love how well this band goes with my blouse. I like when I can wear this one.

So let's try and ferret out some more useful information on digestive regularity as it either relates to health or weight loss efforts. We'll look at an article that discusses three foods that stimulate your bowel. These can promote bowel regularity and keep you from feeling bloated and constipated. According to Livestrong , the following foods help promote regularity.

WHOLE GRAINS

Whole grains are grains that have not lost vital nutrients and fiber during processing. As a result, whole grains may enhance blood sugar balance, appetite control, cardiovascular health and digestive regularity. Whole grains contain significant amounts of soluble fiber, which helps material through the digestive tract, enhances stool bulk, and promotes healthy bowel movements .

For best results replace enriched breads, pasta, cereals, and snack foods with whole grain equivalents. Whole grain fiber-rich foods include whole wheat spaghetti, pearled barley, whole grain bran flakes and muffins, steel cut oats, air popped popcorn, brown rice, wild rice, and 100% whole grain breads.

YOGURT AND KEFIR

Yogurt and Kefir are cultured dairy containing healthy or “friendly” bacteria that promote digestive health and may prevent infections caused by harmful bacteria. In some cases probiotics can help restore intestinal health and relieve constipation.

Adding fiber-rich fruits, such as berries or prunes, psyllium husk or wheat germ , to your yogurt or yogurt based smoothies may provide additional benefits.

FLAXSEED

Flaxseed is a nutty flavored seed variety that, in addition to supplying heart-healthy fats, provides rich amounts of fiber. Flaxseed contains soluble and insoluble fiber, which binds water in your digestive tract and enhances stool bulk, and when used regularly, may increase your daily fiber intake to levels necessary to relieve constipation.

This is an important attribute , because most Americans don't consume the recommended amounts of fiber in their daily diet. Consume ground flaxseed rather than whole seed for maximum absorption. You can grind whole seed in a coffee grinder.

Ground flaxseed provides a simple fiber-enhancing ingredient for baked goods, cereal, yogurt, and smoothies.

I'll leave you with some links to pursue on your own.

http://lifestyleweightmanagement.com/living-life/regularity. This is 7 ways to improve regularity.

http://jamieriderbush.hubpages.com/hub/Best-Ways-to-Improve-Bowel-Regularity-Naturally. Best ways to improve bowel regularity naturally.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/fiber-digestion. Healthy fiber and digestion.

http://www.stapleton-spence.com/nutrition/eating-right-fiber-and-weight-loss/ Eating right: fiber and weight loss

Hope you have found this last two days beneficial and enlightening. We'll be back tomorrow with a new topic. Hope your week is off to a good start.

Keep the faith, believe in yourself, and get up,and move. Till next time, God Bless.

 

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