All-Natural Remedies to Get Things Moving
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What to Drink
: Drinking water helps stimulate your digestive track and break down food. Just take it from actress
! She credits her clockwork bathroom schedule to her
, chugging a huge bottle of water first thing in the morning. Before even considering a laxative, make sure you've been staying hydrated — and then grab another glass.
: Warm liquids can help relieve constipation, and a cup of hot water with lemon, tea, or coffee can
stimulate the muscles in your digestive system to contract
, causing a bowel movement. However, if you've been bound up for a few days, coffee may have the opposite affect, since it's also a diuretic. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned.
: When you're feeling constipated, sipping on a fiber-rich smoothie can make a huge difference. Not only will this Harley Pasternak
(pictured) fill you up and keep you satisfied all morning long, it offers over 100 percent of your daily recommended fiber, including plenty of insoluble fiber — the kind you need to get things moving.
Photo: Michele Foley
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