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I am sure I am not the only one scared of a frequent women condition: CONSTIPATION.

We all know that uncomfortable, heavy, bloated feeling of being constipated. On a physiological level, typically, it means that your colon is absorbing too much water from the food you’re eating causing it to slow down along the digestive track. This lets the feces harden and dry making it painful and difficult to go to the bathroom. Pretty uncomfortable.

On a psychological level, constipation might cause depression.

What Causes It? (Hint: What You Shouldn’t Do)

There are so many reasons you could be constipated, far too many to list here. However, the most common are:

  • Poor Diet – this can include eating too much dairy and/or not enough fiber
  • Certain medications like antacids, antidepressants, antihistamines or blood pressure meds
  • Pain Relievers/NSAIDs
  • Calcium and Iron supplements
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Not Using the Bathroom When You Have To (This one is not very well known)
  • Dehydration
  • Overuse/dependence on laxatives
  • Depression
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Not Enough Exercise
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Certain Foods like milk, cheese, beef, red meat, processed foods, bananas, high sugar foods, white rice, white bread, chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Fast Foods

How/Why Does Yoga Help?

Yoga can help in a couple different ways.

First, it can help ease and calm the mind. If you are experiencing symptoms of constipation practicing yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety that could potentially be causing it. It can also relax any strained muscles.

Yoga also stimulates blood flow to your organs and digestive track and aids in moving things along. Both yin and power yoga are useful to get things flowing again and just promote a healthy regular digestion.

What Poses Give the Most Relief from Constipation?

Yoga can be of a great help with constipation, but what you put in your mouth is key.

Final Tips

Yoga can be of a great help with constipation, but what you put in your mouth is key.

If you are already feeling constipated, drink plenty of water and eat foods high in fiber like:

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Avocados
  • Coconut
  • Figs
  • Artichokes
  • Peas
  • Black Beans
  • Chick Peas
  • Lima Beans
  • Nuts
  • Flax Seeds

Hydration is king! Remember that typically your colon takes too much water from the food you eat. So you have to drink more! You can also drink teas that have dandelion, peppermint, senna or cascara as ingredients. Coffee is good as well, however, be careful as coffee can easily dehydrate you.

Adjust your diet accordingly, and drink plenty. Combine those with the yoga poses above to prevent constipation and promote a regular and healthy digestive tract.

Stay active, eat fiber-rich foods, and incorporate both yin and power yoga into your regular workout routine and always drink plenty of water. This is the secret recipe to get back to fly like a feather.

Just avoiding the excess of Christmas, practicing these poses for 15 minutes a day (just do them first thing in the morning) and drinking plenty of water will help you cope with the less beautiful part of this lovely season.

Did you know about these poses and tips that help with constipation? Do you already follow another routine to ease down your constipation? Let me and the rest of the community know in the comments! We love to hear from you!

Thank you!

Namaste