Sometimes it really seems like at least half of America is constipated! I think we can blame bread, pasta, sitting for 8 hours or more a day, not drinking enough water, not exercising, and not eating enough fiber in the form of vegetables.
As a raw vegan eating too much dehydrated food can cause constipation. As you’ve probably noticed, your stools don’t come out dry. So when you eat dry foods, your digestive system steals water from your body to rehydrate the food so it can pass relatively painlessly out of your colon.
The solution for this is obviously to avoid dehydrated food, opting for fresh foods like fruits and vegetables which have a naturally high water content.
But once in a while even someone on The Garden Diet Programs can experience constipation when they first start eating raw.
When your body starts to detox it cleans out wastes it didn’t have time to deal with on a cooked diet, and if ones intestinal health is not ideal then those wastes can accumulate in the colon and you can get stopped up.
When this happens it can be helpful to substitute fiber-rich green smoothies for the fruit juices and vegetable juices on the program. The benefits of juices are the smooth texture and the quick and easy absorption of an abundance of nutrients.
However, if constipation is an issue, the benefits of smoothies will outweigh the benefits of juices. Here’s a simple, fun 2 minute how-to video for a simple green smoothie recipe. If you prefer, you can just eat vegetables and fruits and get the fiber that way!
Eating as much fruit as you like for breakfast and through the morning and then a big salad for lunch and/or dinner will give you ample fiber.
Adding one of our nut and vegetable based recipes for your other meal will give you added fiber plus essential fatty acids and abundant protein from the nuts.
A Balanced Raw Diet will quickly lead to regular, easy bowel movements.
There is a vegetable juice recipe however that is known to cure constipation in a hurry. This is 1/2 a bunch of spinach to 1-2 bunches of carrots. You can increase to 1 bunch of spinach and 2-3 bunches carrots over a few days. Spinach, like beets, contains oxalic acid which although amazing for promoting peristaltic motion can be a little hard on the stomach when you are not used to it.
Doing this juice 1-3 times a day you should experience relief from constipation within two or three days, if not instantly.
For more juice cures see ‘Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Juices” by Dr. Norman Walker.
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