April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. This and other gastrointestinal issues such as constipation can often be resolved successfully with simple lifestyle changes. Try these natural approaches:
- Eat a fiber-rich diet. Include a high-fiber breakfast cereal in your morning meal, add extra servings of vegetables to your lunch and dinner, and substitute whole organic fruit for chips at snack time.
- Drink plenty of pure, filtered water.
- Get daily exercise.
- Utilize some type of daily relaxation technique, such as biofeedback, breathing exercises or yoga (stress can interfere with relaxation of the whole body, including the bowels).
If constipation is a problem for you, I recommend triphala, a mixture of three fruits from the Ayurvedic tradition; a low dose of magnesium glycinate may also be helpful for chronic constipation.
More information on gastrointestinal health.