If you have ever suffered from constipation, you know how uncomfortable and painful this condition can be, and it’s more common than you think, with many suffering in silence because it’s not something they feel comfortable talking about.
Constipation can be caused by any number of issues including, insufficient hydration, a lack of dietary fibre, eating disorders, too much dairy, stress, certain medications, or too much protein.
In a healthy bowel movement, water makes up 75% of the stool, so it is very important to keep hydrated if you want to avoid being constipated.
During the cold winter months, it can be quite a challenge to drink the recommended two to three litres of water a day. I know I find it hard to do, but that’s where herbal teas have been my saving grace. They are like a warm hug and help to keep me hydrated, while also being delicious and nourishing. It’s a win win!
Constipation, if not addressed, can lead to other health complications, and it is always important to get to the root cause rather than just treat the symptom. The answer could be as simple as increasing your fluid intake but everyone is different and the solution for others could be more serious.
The Happy Teapot stocks a laxative herbal blend aptly named ‘Constipation’. The main ingredient is Senna leaves, which is a natural medicine that works by irritating the lining of the bowel causing a laxative effect. Peppermint and Chamomile are soothing digestives that prevent cramping which can be brought on by the Senna leaves, and combined with the Fennel seeds make it a pleasant tasting tea as well. The Fennel seeds help to counter flatulence, abdominal cramping, acidic stomach and also improve digestion. Drink one or two cups before bedtime. Simply infuse in hot water for five to ten minutes and enjoy. Or allow it to cool and consume cold, if you prefer.
Why not give it a try and enjoy the freedom of a healthy bowel movement. Your body will thank you for it!