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In the United States, it is estimated the 65 million people suffer from constipation. That is about 1 out of every 4 people. You are definitely not alone if constipation is a problem for you. This ailment effects all age groups from newborns to the elderly. The question of the day is: what is it ? and how do I fix it?

According to the Mayo Clinic, constipation is defined as follows: Do you have fewer than three stools a week? Are your bowel movements hard and dry? Do you have to strain to have a bowel movement? Now that you know what constipation is what are you going to do about it?

There are multiple upon multiple remedies to help with constipation. Let’s start with lifestyle changes first. A change in your diet that includes high fiber foods is a good place to start. High fiber foods may include: whole grains, dried fruits, berries and whole fruits with the skin intact. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids each day. As always, try to increase your daily exercise. Special note for my kidney patients: Please remember you are only allowed 40 ounces of liquid a day and beware of fruits high in potassium.

If lifestyle changes do not work or you need something more fast acting, you may try an over the counter laxative or stool softener. You may try a laxative like Miralax. It works by drawing water back into your colon replacing what was lost. Miralax seems to have few side effects and is recommended by most doctors. Stool softeners work by adding moisture to your stool and allow for strain-free bowel movements. You can take them alone or in conjunction with laxatives. Do not exceed recommended dosages and only for a short amount of time.

PLEASE !!! Always consult with your doctor before trying any new medication. Just because a medication is over the counter does not mean it is safe for you. Laxatives can interfere with antibiotics and blood thinners.

If taking another medication is not recommended for you, let’s look at some home remedies.

1. Eating bosc pears (brown pears) with the peel was recommended to me today by a patient that said it worked wonders for her.

2. Mango is a natural reliever of constipation.

3. Try a few prunes or 4 ounces of prune juice.

4. Have a tablespoon of brown sugar followed by a cold glass of water.

Please, leave a comment and share what works for you!

 

It’s the beginning of 2010.  People are already beginning to put aside their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and exercise.  Why, you may ask?  Because life is too hard and hectic as it is.  Most people believe the only way to live a healthier life style is to lose weight by joining a gym or by signing up for a new diet plan.  Both resolutions could mean MAJOR life changes.  Listed below is a list of ten simple and easy to use tips that you CAN use and not cause MAJOR STRESS in your already stressful life.  In fact, some of the tips may actually help reduce your stress and encourage and possibly inspire you to carry on and look for more simple changes YOU CAN make to become a healthier you this year.

1.   Drink 8 ounces of water before each meal.

2.  Cut your food portions by 25% by using a lunch plate instead of a dinner plate.

3.  Chew each bit of food at least 20-25 times before swallowing. (I know sounds corny but it actually takes your brain 20 minutes to realize it is full. This not only causes you to slow down but also aides your stomach in digestion.)

4.  Wait at least 30 minutes after your meal before you go for seconds.

5.  Help boost your metabolism by eating your largest meal early in the day.

6.  Help steady your blood sugar and maintain energy throughout the day by eating 5-6 small meals a day.

7.  Instead of drinking fruit juice which is usually loaded with sugar look for no-added sugar. (Better yet eat the fruit with peel to increase your fiber intake.

8.  Are you always fighting for the closest parking spaces?  Park farther away and get more exercise for the day.

9.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Even if you only take the stairs going down it puts you ahead of the exercise game.  Every step counts!  Aim for 2000 steps a day or more.

10.  Last but definitely not least,  who says you can’t treat yourself at the end of the day!?  If you deprive yourself of something you LOVE, you will only want it more.  ALWAYS have dessert.  Low-fat and Low-sugar desserts have come a long way.  Check out your grocers’ freezer.

WELCOME !

I am Princess Jen.  It is my joy to share with you all of my healthcare knowledge.  I have over 20 years experience in all aspects of nursing from a hospital setting to most recently, dialysis clinical setting.

It is my hope to share all of the many questions and answers that my patients share with me on this site.  Also, it is my desire to share  all of the positive encouragement and words of wisdom that they share with me.

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Princess Jen R.N. – B.S.N.

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