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Monday, July 21, 2014

Green Smoothies To Eliminate Constipation

Are you suffering from constipation? Many times in this blog I have promoted green smoothies for a long list of health benefits. One of the biggest benefits happens to be changing your interstitial fluid to slightly alkaline. Most diseases and ailments have their beginning in an over acidic PH. You may want to pick up a copy of book entitled the PH Miracle. Most of the foods we eat (especially if you eat out a lot) are acidic.

Many people suffer from occasional low back pain and constipation. You need to drink more water and get off the carbonated colas whether they are diet or regular. Get off the fruit juices because like the regular sodas they are full of sugar and as a type 2 diabetic, you do not need that. Avoid high calorie, low nutrition snack foods such as pretzels, potato chips, candy bars, and even most protein bars because of the hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats.

One of the fastest ways to tone up your digestive track is to get in the habit of drinking  a couple of 16 oz glasses of fresh green smoothies made at home. Most over the counter pre-packaged green smoothies are loaded with sugar and other things your body doesn't need. You should be making green smoothies with fresh celery, kale, baby spinach, cucumbers, apples, red seedless grapes, avocados, navel oranges etc. I personally use a Vita Mixer and would not trade it for any other machine on the market. That is not to say there are not other machines that are very efficient. I also prefer a Vita Mixer as opposed to a juicer as I get all the fiber and nutrients in the drink instead of throwing they away.

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Green Smoothie Effect

Green smoothies are full of two important components for healthy digestion and bowel regularity: fiber and water. Aside from water added to the smoothies, raw food has a very high percentage of water. These two things help maintain bulk in the stools and keep them soft so that they pass through the bowels easily. Dr. Sears explains that when you increase the fiber in your diet, you must also increase the water to prevent constipation from occurring because fiber by itself does not lead to intestinal regularity. Increase the amount of water you drink throughout the day to thoroughly balance the fiber intake of the smoothies. Green smoothies can benefit your health in other ways as well. For example, adding kale juice to your smoothie can lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease, according to a study in the April 2008 issue of "Biomedical and Environmental Sciences."

Resolving Constipation

A diet with a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables can lead to constipation when the body doesn’t have the necessary fiber to move stool through the digestive tract. As stool sits in the intestines, muscle tone is lost and the diameter of the intestine increases as stool accumulates. Once green smoothies are introduced into the diet, the intestines have to adjust to the new influx of fiber and water. Some individuals may experience what seems like continued constipation when in reality the body just hasn’t had time to regulate, or inadequate water intake is prohibiting the fiber from doing its job.

Time Frame

Each person’s body responds to green smoothies differently. A variety of factors including the amount of green smoothies consumed to the length of time the person has suffered from constipation all play a role in the amount of time it takes to achieve normal elimination. For some people, a few days are all that is needed. For others, the process can take weeks. Individuals who have experienced constipation for many years must allow their intestines a chance to heal and for normal muscle tone to return.


Some individuals may experience adverse digestive effects related to green smoothies. Anyone with a chronic condition related to the digestive system should discuss the use of green smoothies with a doctor prior to adding them to the diet. Green smoothies are not meant to treat constipation or any condition. Always talk to your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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