Constipation Problems And Constipation Remedies
New Vegetarian on a plant based diet has constipation problems. Savvy Vegetarian has constipation remedies including ayurvedic tips and natural laxatives.
About 7 days ago, I begin a plant based diet, eating organic vegetables when they are available. I have always had constipation problems and I was hoping this diet would resolve that.
Are there some vegetables that I should eat more of? So far my diet consists of oatmeal, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, onions, asparagus, carrots, lentils and both sweet and regular potatoes. I am eating these mostly raw except for the potatoes and oatmeal.
Your website is wonderful and it has helped on many questions with this exception. In 7 days, I have only eliminated once and that is because I took something to make that happen. Please help, I drink plenty of water, water goes right through me, the food stays and I do not want to gain weight please help… J. S.
Savvy Vegetarian Advice:
This is just a guess, but you may need more cooked veggies, more oil, and a more liquid diet. Try drinking warm water which has been boiled – it’s not so likely to go right through you – that’s an Ayurvedic tip.
Some time ago, I published an advice letter about constipation and vegetarian diet, and I think it applies to your situation. Please read it, try my suggestions, and let me know if they help.
If you’re concerned about gaining weight, minimize the oil in your cooking – steaming instead of sauteeing veggies for instance. But don’t eliminate oil from your diet completely, and do be religious about exercising every day.
For a mild natural laxative, try prune juice or stewed prunes, grape juice, licorice tea or senna leaf tea.
Another Ayurvedic Tip: For a mild cleanse (and more intense natural laxative effect), try a semi-fast day of fruit and herbal tea for breakfast, warm water or tea throughout the day, light vegetable soup – such as cream of broccoli soup or cabbage soup or simple mung dhal – for lunch, and no dinner (tea or warm water is fine). Then take 1 Tbsp castor oil in 1/2 cup fresh orange juice in the evening, and go hang out near a bathroom. Eat lightly again the next couple of days.
One More Bit of Advice: When you change your diet radically, overnight, as you have done, your digestive system is bound to be confused, and even quit on you, as yours has done. Cut your body some slack in this transition, take things in stages, and modify your diet until you’re more comfortable.
All the best, Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian
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